Self-made jewellery produces a sense of satisfaction thats unmatched even by drafting an impressive fantasy pinochle team or finally realizing that youre (spoiler alert) a ghost. Mould your own ego-bolstering bauble with today's Groupon: for $67, you get an introductory art-clay copper-making class at Sassafras Art Studio (a $140 value), located at Victorian Art Glass on David Street.
Sassafras Art Studio teaches would-be jewellery artisans how to mould, fire, and finish their one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art using copper-flecked metal clay. Composed of tiny particles of copper, an organic binding agent, and water, art clay in its pre-kiln form exhibits all the mouldable, stampable, rollable qualities of clay, but when dried and fired, it transforms into hard metal, thus facilitating the creation of unique jewellery pieces or counterfeit coinage. At Sassafras Art Studio's six-hour workshops for beginners, certified metal clay artists walk students through the constructing, shaping, and texturing of their clay before showing them how to fire it with torches and in the kiln.
Following some final finishes and polishing, nascent metal sculptors emerge from the studio bearing an original copper necklace, pair of earrings, or dubious military medal of their own making. The class has no prerequisites, and Sassafras Art Studio provides all tools and suppliesthough those with asthma, COPD, or copper allergies should bring gloves and a dust mask. Consult the course calendar for available dates.
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