Jewellery, silver clay (one-day)

Come and make presents for your friends and family, and relax and have fun at the same time!  Silver clay is an amazing new art material (99% silver) that makes it possible for everyone to make real silver jewellery without the need for traditional tools or previous experience.   

We will begin with a demonstration of how to handle and work with the clay, showing you how to plan and execute your designs.  We will cover cutting and texturing, stamping and shaping to create different forms and finishes.  The price includes enough silver clay to make two or three finished pieces.

We will cover all the basic techniques for working with silver clay including how to fire it at home - you don't need a kiln. By the end of the day you will have designed and created at least two or three pieces of real silver jewellery which will be ready to wear home! This is a beginners class so we will be making small, pieces which are mainly flat. Pendant, earrings, charms for a bracelet or necklace. There’s lots of choice, I’ll give students lots of ideas for inspiration, too.  On the beginners day we can’t make rings, cuffs or set stones

Your finished pieces will be fired and polished and you will then be able to make them up into a variety of finished items.  All equipment and tools will be provided.

Enough clay for two or three small items is included in the fee, worth about £20, but you can buy more from Melanie on the day if you want to make chunkier jewellery.

A selection of silver ear wires, necklace chains etc. priced from £1.50, will be available to purchase to complete your creations.

Home made lunch, biscuits and cakes will be included in the fee.

Click on Melanie's name in the box above to see more about the tutor.

Comments from participants

Excellent course – came away with more items of jewellery than expected.

Course was great and facilities were excellent – such good host and hostess, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.

Most excellent 2 days, course far exceeded my expectations.  Really enjoyed myself and am going home with 3 great pendants and 2 great charms in real silver than I’ll be proud to wear!  Already considering next course!  Wonderful surroundings and facilities and a real tonic after a week in London.  Thank you for sharing such a wonderful spot with such good grace.

Melanie is a brilliant teacher, very clear and so generous with her knowledge and skill.  Assington Mill is the perfect venue for courses.  This is my third – I can’t wait to return!

The whole weekend has been a real joy learning a huge amount in congenial company with great tuition and the icing on the cake the wonderful catering and hospitality.  Thank you so much.  Meg H.

Found the course and presentation really straight forward and informative.  I have really enjoyed the day.  Thank you.
I don't know what I expected but this was excellent, informative and fun.
Looks ten times more professional than I ever imagined!
Excellent course.  Beautiful surroundings and delicious food.  We will return!

Great food especially soups and the ham and the carrot cake.  Very effective results from the silver clay.

I had a lovely weekend.  The course more than exceeded my expectations.  Food and venue one of the best I have seen

Wonderful weekend.  Great content at the right pace.  Fun had by all and took away some fantastic pieces that I will enjoy wearing (too nice to give away!),  Well done Melanie.  Anne & Bob provided the most wonderful venue and excellent food.  Can’t wait to come back on another course!  Di

A brilliant weekend.  The course was very good and I produced more jewellery than I thought we would.  I would definitely return to Assington Mill!

Very well paced, friendly course with a lovely end product (bonus).  Food excellent.

Wonderful presentation.  Love that someone can speak without umming and erring.  Very kind and easy way of presenting.  Pace appeared to suit the group as whole.  Didn’t know what I wanted to learn, however was happy for it to be presented to me and tried thing I never would have otherwise, eg I would not have done mouldings, but they are among my favourite pieces and other folk on the course said they would not have done leave but likewise, now among their faves!  Lesson is, encourage the class to try everything!  Organisation and venue superb.  Couldn’t ask for more from the hosts.  As campers we never expected to be fed and watered at breakfast and invited in in the evening too.  Catering:  sublime.

A really interesting and instructive day out with a great deal achieved in excellent company.

Enjoyed the day.  Everything was great for a nice friendly day out with learning a new hobby at the same time.  Margaret J

So lovely to meet such a great group of ladies.

Was lovely to learn a new skill in such a lovely, friendly and relaxing environment.  Jennie W.

Excellent day.  I will come again.  Thank youj for the delicious home cooking/baking.

Amazing day, wonderful surroundings and lunch was a real treat.  I’ll be back!  Many thanks, Rosie M.

Fab course, thanks!

A fantastic day again!  Anna F.



Melanie Blaikie
Sunday, 2 December, 2018

Times10.00 - 4.00


What to Bring

  • Warm clothing and footwear as you will be sitting still all day and, as there is no tarmac here at Assington Mill, you will not feel comfortable in high-heeled shoes.
  • Some idea of what you would like to design.  A small template might be useful.


All materials, use of tools and equipment, lunch and refreshments are included so there is no need to spend any more on the day although I do always keep a selection of chains, books, clay etc in stock but these are entirely optional purchases, if you wish to do so.

Please note we do not have the facility to take card payments.