This course is for you if have some metal clay experience OR if you are inexperienced with metal clay and truly courageous. Kris teaches to both in this class.
First step as usual, is to obtain clay, get it ready, and gather your tools. There is no purchasable Tool Kit for this course, because you likely have what you need. If you want a glimpse at the tools you'll need for this course, purchase the Freebie Hoop Earrings Took Kit— List of Contents.
The clay is Silver Precious Metal Clay, known as PMC. More specifically, PMC3, which is fine silver or 99.9% silver. You will design your own simple earrings and make them in less than a dozen steps, including making your own design, rolling the clay, drying it, sanding it, torch or kiln firing, oxidizing with a patina, polishing by hand or with electric tools, and building ear wires.
This course may be completed in as little as three hours (minus kiln time) if you've worked with metal clay before. For beginners it might take longer, beginning to end. You can stop it at any time and pick it up again the next day or when you can.
Kris' course includes videos, photos (for close up detail), narrative explanation, options for later creations, other tools to try, and many links and resources, and things to know if you continue to work with metal clay. You'll learn how to make your own shape template and some options for polishing discs used on a Flexible Shaft. And if you take a course from Kris, she is forever at your beck and call via email to answer any questions.
Kris designs and makes fine and sterling silver, minuscule sculptures, pendants, earrings, charms, and rings. Her work features landscapes, wildlife, and tracks. Her main medium is precious metal clay.
Kris is a PMC Certification Instructor certified by PMC Connection (not longer in existence) and Rio-Rewards Certified by RioGrande.
In 2012 Kris “passed with distinction the certification review” by the Montana Arts Council, signaling that she has developed a sustainable business in art. The additional honor of distinction was awarded based on a demonstrated depth of understanding of her art and the development of a strong brand suited for her specific business niche.
Kris is currently teaching, maintaining her silver business, and working on submissions to the Metal Clay Masters Registry. She achieved Level 1 in 2017, Level 2 in 2018, and is listed as a Master in Masters Registry.
Most recently, Kris has become one of six members on the Education Steering Committee for the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide or AMCAW, which came into existence in 2018