What Is Metal Clay

'Metal clay' is a new jewellery technology that comes from advances in powder metallurgy. It is composed of pure silver particles, water and binders. In this form it is soft and malleable like plasticine: very easy to sculpt into any shape you can imagine. When your design is ready, you 'fire' the piece - raising it to high temperatures and causing the water and binders to evaporate and the metal particles to 'sinter' or fuse together, leaving a solid metal jewellery design. In this Silver-jewellery making workshop, you will use Silver Metal Clay, and produce a design in pure silver (999 silver, more pure than sterling or 925 silver!)

Course outline

Begin your journey as a precious metal artist with the latest technology in hand fabrication: Powder metallurgy. Form ‘metal clay’ to create pure silver jewellery such as rings, pendants, earrings and brooches. Learn and perfect a variety of modelling methods, various gemstone setting techniques and, after firing, traditional and non-traditional jewellery finishing techniques to create spectacular silver jewellery. The programme consists of 6 directed projects and 1 final project and assessment divided over 5 days.

Introduction to Powder Metallurgy

Introduction to Powder Metallurgy

Create Simple Rings with Prong Set Gems

Create Simple Rings with Prong Set Gems

Clay Types & Forms with Unique Uses & Setting Styles

Clay Types & Forms with Unique Uses & Setting Styles

Create Hollow Light Weight Jewellery

Create Hollow Light Weight Jewellery

Achieve a Patina Finish

Achieve a Patina Finish

  • Tools & Materials

    Tools & Materials

    Like all JDMIS courses, students receive everything they need to complete all their coursework. This course includes all the tools and reference and jewellery fabrication materials needed in order to immediately start producing their very own pieces of jewellery.

  • Learning path

    Learning path


    This course offers a practical hands-on experience. At the end of the workshop, participants will have produced one or more pieces of jewellery.

    Pre-requirements: None

    Next Steps (Powder Metallurgy Specialisation):
    NM200 - New Metal Technology 2: Sculptural Design with Mixed Media

    Next Steps (Complementary Metal Arts Specialisation):
    MS100 - Traditional Metalsmithing 1: Foundation Metalwork Skills and Experience

    Participants attending and completing this programme as a stand-alone certification can choose to enroll for the Precious Metal Arts Diploma.

  • Duration


    30 hours

    1 week (Full-time), or
    5 weeks (Part-time)

    JDMIS runs week-day, weekend and weeknight courses for this popular course. JDMIS also has flexible make-up schedules and graduates can return without cost for refresher courses (subject to availability).

  • Course fee

    Course fee

    SGD 2,100

    Course fee is inclusive of GST as well as all tools and materials provided during the course.

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