Precious Metal Clay Jewellery

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22/08/2022 10:00 - 16:00
Micklems Farm
Phone: 07734 469079
Micklems Farm
Phone:07973 325451
Address: Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

Precious Metal Clay

Precious metal clay has taken the jewellery world by storm! It is a fantastic material to work with as it has the versatility of clay but, once fired, it turns into 99.9% silver. We will look at designs you can create, either earrings or a pendant, then show you how to make a moulding compound which will be used to cast your chosen object or texture. The PMC is then pressed into the mould, fired with a torch and polished using a rotary polisher. Liver of sulphur may then be applied to enhance the texture/design. The pieces will then be finished - by forging silver ear wires and piercing the final piece to create earrings or creating a hanging bail for a pendant. You will be amazed at the results you will achieve!

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    ONLINE Chinese Painting: Summer Flowers.

     

    Tutor: Maggie Cross
    Thurs 19th May 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
    Thurs 26th May 10am - 11am follow up and Q&A session
    (UK timings)

    Cost--£50.00

    Thurs 19th May 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
    Thurs 26th May 10am - 11am follow up and Q&A session
    (UK timings)

    This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for those who have attended an introductory session with Maggie, but will also be suitable for beginners who are familiar with the materials.

    Workshop details
    Summer is a joyful time of year and what better way to celebrate by painting the flowers.

    The peony is especially highly prized, not only in Chinese painting, but in embroidery carving and is widely cultivated. In fact the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) empress Wu Zetian was so keen on them that a “peonimania” developed in China rather like the Dutch tulipmania! The peony is regarded as the queen of flowers and symbolises wealth and beauty. It is the Moutan or tree peonies that we are referring to.

    The poppy and iris do not have specific symbolism attached to them but are admired and painted. The iris is often referred to as the butterfly flower.  One of the key features of painting these flowers is the technique of loading the brush with several different colours or tones of the same colour which Maggie will demonstrate.

    She will begin by making a few quick sketches of the flowers and leaves showing them in different angles and perspectives. It is important to familiarise yourself with the plant’s structure before painting as the final composition is painted onto blank paper without any mark making. This the Chinese believe gives your composition more “chi” or liveliness.

    This will be followed by a demonstration of each part of the plant- flowers, buds, stamens leaves and stems. Maggie will use colour and demonstrate the loading techniques. To complete the lesson Maggie will paint a composition of each flower adding an insect to give additional interest.

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop

    • Learn the symbolism and history of the plants
    • Detailed observation of the structure of the chosen plants
    • Brush loading using several colours and tones
    • Learn the rules of composition in a traditional Chinese painting


    Equipment & materials list
    Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.

    • Chinese brushes -you will need a large one and a finer for the detail
    • An absorbent paper such as Xuan - semi-sized papers are not suitable for this technique
    • Ink
    • Chinese colours or gouache (watercolours may be used) in rose, carmine or peony red, scarlet, rouge, indigo, phthalocyanine blue, gamboge, burnt sienna and mauve
    • 2 water pots
    • Paint rag or kitchen roll
    • Palette
    • Cloth to cover your work surface as the paint will soak through the absorbent paper (NB a towel is too rough)

    You needn't have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo session is a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.

    This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for those who have attended an introductory session with Maggie, but will also be suitable for beginners who are familiar with the materials.

    Workshop details
    Summer is a joyful time of year and what better way to celebrate by painting the flowers.

    The peony is especially highly prized, not only in Chinese painting, but in embroidery carving and is widely cultivated. In fact the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) empress Wu Zetian was so keen on them that a “peonimania” developed in China rather like the Dutch tulipmania! The peony is regarded as the queen of flowers and symbolises wealth and beauty. It is the Moutan or tree peonies that we are referring to.

    The poppy and iris do not have specific symbolism attached to them but are admired and painted. The iris is often referred to as the butterfly flower.  One of the key features of painting these flowers is the technique of loading the brush with several different colours or tones of the same colour which Maggie will demonstrate.

    She will begin by making a few quick sketches of the flowers and leaves showing them in different angles and perspectives. It is important to familiarise yourself with the plant’s structure before painting as the final composition is painted onto blank paper without any mark making. This the Chinese believe gives your composition more “chi” or liveliness.

    This will be followed by a demonstration of each part of the plant- flowers, buds, stamens leaves and stems. Maggie will use colour and demonstrate the loading techniques. To complete the lesson Maggie will paint a composition of each flower adding an insect to give additional interest.

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop

    • Learn the symbolism and history of the plants
    • Detailed observation of the structure of the chosen plants
    • Brush loading using several colours and tones
    • Learn the rules of composition in a traditional Chinese painting


    Equipment & materials list
    Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.

    • Chinese brushes -you will need a large one and a finer for the detail
    • An absorbent paper such as Xuan - semi-sized papers are not suitable for this technique
    • Ink
    • Chinese colours or gouache (watercolours may be used) in rose, carmine or peony red, scarlet, rouge, indigo, phthalocyanine blue, gamboge, burnt sienna and mauve
    • 2 water pots
    • Paint rag or kitchen roll
    • Palette
    • Cloth to cover your work surface as the paint will soak through the absorbent paper (NB a towel is too rough)

    You needn't have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo session is a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.

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