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Sat, 16 Nov



Beginners silver clay Christmas gift workshop

Spend a full day learning about the alchemy of silver clay and come and make 3 to 5 items of your own beautiful unique solid fine silver jewellery pieces - pendants, earrings and charms. You will take away your pieces at the end of the course to wear or as a gifts for Christmas

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Beginners silver clay Christmas gift workshop
Beginners silver clay Christmas gift workshop

Time & Location

16 Nov 2024, 10:00 – 16:00 GMT

Golant, Downs Hill, Golant, Fowey PL23 1LJ, UK


About the Event

Suitable for total beginners. This is an exciting, hands-on silver jewellery making classwhere you will learn how to design and create your very own silver clay jewellery pieces. You will make  three to five items of fine silver jewellery such as pendants, drop earrings and charms that you can take away at the end of the course to gift to loved ones at Christmas (or for yourself).  The number of items you make depends on the size and weight of your pieces.  Silver clay is a totally recycled product which means you are protecting the environment. The silver clay is fired to become solid silver of Hallmark quality.  The workshop room is wheelchair friendly. The bathroom is accessible as are the doors. There is parking right outside for a wheelchair user if required. Please contact rebecca@rebeccaoxenham in advance to discuss your needs.   

In this workshop, you will learn how to:  

- Roll and pattern clay using texture sheets and leaves.

- Cut shapes freeland or using cutters.

- Create your own moulds.

- Smoothing imperfections and sanding

- Make neat holes for jump rings and drill if the holes are too small- 

- How to dry your clay and how to tell if it is dry

- Prepare your piece for the transformative firing process

- Firing your pieces using a hand held jewellers torch- 

- If desired, you'll have the option to apply Liver of Sulphur to create a patina, accentuating the intricate textures you've chosen. This chemical process oxidises the surface, darkening the silver, or you can opt not to use it and your hallmark quality silver jewellery will remain untarnished.  

You'll be guided by a qualified and experienced teacher to help you make amazing jewellery pieces! Firstly, you will learn to use textures using texture sheets or leaves to make a leaf pendant or earrings. Then you'll mould a small object of your choosing to turn into a charm. Lastly, you will form a pendant or charm and learn how to add texture and a gemstone if you wish. Once all your projects are ready, you will be shown how to fire and polish your pieces.


This course is suitable for adult learners with no previous knowledge of working with silver clay or those with some experience with silver clay or other forms of jewellery making. It is also suitable for those with no experience yet of crafts or creative activities. Most important is a desire to learn and experiment with the materials. It has disabled access and disabled parking on site if needed.  Please contact Rebecca to discuss your needs.


- Homemade vegetarian lunch (please make us aware of dietary requirements in advance)

- 10g of silver clay/ 99% silver 

- Lots of tea and coffee

- Homemade cake

- A glass of bubbly or non-alcoholic fizz to celebrate the end of the day

- Findings for your pieces that you make (ie jump rings, wire for drop earrings)

- Moulding compound to make your own mould

- Use of all equipment and materials needed to make your jewellery pieces

- A detailed step by step instruction booklet detailing everything you need to know.

- A pdf of links on where to buy all equipment is available to students who want it.

- A special 15% student discount will be provided after the workshop for your next three purchases of Art Clay silver with if you want to have a go at home.

Please note that accommodation is not included and is separately bookable. There is a 10% discount If you are attending this workshop and book directly with using the discount code: Silver10

For more information about alternative accommodation nearby please email


10.00 Tea or coffee will be served on arrival. We will introduce ourselves, discuss the itinerary and have a look and talk through the examples of jewellery that can be made. You tutor will explain about the history of silver clay, its eco-friendly properties, shrinkage and how it all works. The tutor will explain what to look for in nature items when creating replica leaf jewellery. Rebecca will then do some demonstrations of the different techniques along with lots of hint and tips for making amazing pieces.

11.00 students then start working on their own designs, from rough sketching and making models before starting work crafting their own designs with guidance from Rebecca.

12.00 While the clay is drying students take a break for a light vegetarian lunch which is included in the price. (Sometimes this break is cut short to allow for extra making time).

12.30 -13.00 Students learn to fire their pieces using a gas torch. This is the magical bit where the clay like substance transforms to 99.9% fine silver. After firing, a wire brush is used to brush off the white clay binder residue revealing the solid fine silver beneath.

14.30 Students then polish and finish thier pieces.  There will be an option to use Liver of Sulpher to bring out the texture in pieces. Students are shown how to attach their pendant to chain or neck cord.

16.00 Students finish off with a glass of prosecco or non-alcoholic alternative while they admire everyone’s jewellery made in the class. Rebecca then explains how to care for the jewellery.  There will be a shuttle down to the car park for those that need it.


- Glasses if you wear them (there is some fine detailed work)

- Closed-toe shoes (you will be handling hot metal)

- Hairband (to tie hair back while firing)

- An apron is optional. Silver clay produces a fine white dust which comes off in the washing machine. Fluffy jumpers or dry clean only clothes are not recommended.

- Sea glass if you want to bring your own.  Look for small approx 1 cm flat backed pieces that are not too thick


- Minimum age: 16 (under 18's must be accompanied by a participating adult)

- Accommodation is not included but it can be booked separately subject to availability on (Don’t forget your 10% discount if attending this workshop and book direct using the voucher code: Silver10

- We ask that you park in the village. A shuttle bus from the village car park will be provided to take people up the very steep and narrow hill to the workshop.

- The workshop room is wheelchair friendly. The bathroom is accessible as are the doors. There is parking right outside for a wheelchair user if required. Please contact rebecca@rebeccaoxenham in advance to discuss your needs.

- Full joining instructions will be sent one week in advance of the workshop.

- Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts.  See my terms and conditions.

- Chains will be available to purchase on the day at an additional cost.


Rebecca is inspired by her passion for nature and she is committed to supporting biodiversity and protecting the environment. She uses recycled materials such as silver clay in her own jewellery designs which is a 100% recycled product made from recycled silver which is ground up to a fine powder and mixed with a binder. When fired it becomes solid fine silver. Using recycled silver helps to limit the use of child labour in mines as well as the amount of metals that must be produced. This leads to less waste in landfills and helps to slow the consumption and deterioration of natural resources.

Rebecca studied at the CSAJ Jewellery School for her Art Clay Diploma Certification in Silver Clay. This is a worldwide, recognised qualification, administered by the official distributors of Art Clay in Europe. She is also a member of AMCAW (Association of Metal Clay Artists Worldwide) and GOJD (Guild of Jewellery Designers) an ACJ (Association of Contemporary Jewellers).


The Sanctuary Cornwall is an award winning eco lodge that offers an idyllic venue for making nature inspired jewellery. It is located in the picturesque village of Golant just two miles from the town of Fowey. In an area of outstanding beauty, it is set high up a hill nestled among 12 acres of lush woodland and pastureland with stunning views over the Fowey Estuary. The Sanctuary Cornwall provides a comfortable and sustainable zero carbon workshop venue. The large workshop space itself has floor to ceiling windows with breathtaking estuary views and is light, bright and airy. The doors open out directly to the beautiful outdoor areas and is just a few yards from beautiful woodland.


Public transport

he nearest railway station is Par on the main West Coast trainline which has a direct services to and from London Paddington - the fastest takes just under 4 hours.  It is also on the line to Penzance and Newquay. Par station is then just a two-mile taxi, cycle, bus or walk away from the workshop venue. 

By car

Please note that there is plenty of parking at The Sanctuary Cornwall for this workshop as there are no guests but for those who dont want to drive up the steep hill there is also parking in the village car park. There is some limited free parking in and around the village. There is also a paid for car park in Golant Village.

From the A30 take the Lostwithiel exit at Bodmin and follow signs to Lostwithiel. You will join the A390 to St Austell, and then take the sign to Fowey – B3269. After about 4 miles you will see a crossroads, and Golant is the left turn. Please make your way to the meeting point which is the village car park where there will be a shuttle service up to The Sanctuary Cornwall.

From the St Austell side of A390, follow signs to Liskeard/Bodmin, until you see the turning to Fowey at a mini roundabout, also signposted Par market. Follow this to Fowey. At the top of the hill at the petrol station turn left, marked Bodmin. After several miles you will see a crossroads and Golant is the right turn. Please make your way to the meeting point which is the village car park where there will be a shuttle service up to The Sanctuary Cornwall.


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