COM October-December 2011 Class Schedule

Virginia Huffman is a PMC Certified Instructor who has been working with Precious Metal Clay since 2005. In addition to PMC, she offers basic jewelry instruction, metal stamping and fine silver fusing. Prior to opening PMC Design Studio in Redwood City, CA Virginia taught PMC classes at the Bead Shop in Palo Alto, CA. (

To register for classes please contact Virginia at or 650-630-6061.

Precious Metal Charms and Beads
Come make whimsical charms and hollow beads with PMC. You will learn how to use various techniques to get unique textures and designs. This is a great class to give as a gift or take with a friend. You can wear your special treasures home or give them away for the holidays.
Weekday Series: Two consecutive sessions Wednesday October 19th & 26th 10:30am-1:30pm

Class Fee: $90 for instruction, use of tools and firing. Materials fee: Starts at $55 (depending on the current silver market) Fee includes a 25 gram pack of PMC and other consumables. Bring chain and clasp or buy some in class to finish off your project. Additional PMC is available for purchase in class. Level: All levels. Basics of PMC will be reviewed in this class.


Love the look of mixed metals? Want to add a bit of gold to your designs? In this class we will learn how to apply 22k gold to our fine silver creations to make them extraordinary.

Friday Night Session: Friday Oct 21st 6:30-9:30. Class fee: $45 Please bring the following items to class. A prefired PMC piece or two which has not been tumbled, polished or brass brushed. PMC3, Aura 22 and Art Clay Overlay Paste. If you would prefer to buy materials in class please let Virginia know two weeks in advance to allow shipping time. Level: Intermediate to Advanced Students. Students must feel fairly comfortable working with PMC.

Learn to turn beautiful vintage buttons and baubles into useable moulds. Then use the moulds with PMC and Voila! You have beautiful jewelry components to incorporate into a unique jewelry design. In this class you will learn several ways to make moulds and create exquisite jewelry. The first two classes will focus on making jewelry components and a custom clasp. On the final class we will add chain, beads, and gemstones to compliment your creations.
Weekday Series: Three consecutive Wednesdays November 2, 9, 16 10:30am-1:30pm Class Fee: $135 for instruction, use of tools and kiln firing. Materials Fee: Starts at $75 for PMC, mould material and other consumables. Students will also need to bring their own chain and beads to finish the project on the final class. Level: All. Familiarity with basic jewelry skills like wire wrapping and stringing are a plus.


Learn how to make gorgeous textures with a Photopolymer Plate. Add mould making to your repertoire and you are on your way creating something wonderful to wear or to give as a gift.
Photopolymer Plates (PPP’s) are great for adding text and interesting design to your PMC designs. Traditionally PPP’s are used in the printing industry --- but with PMC you are able to make a personalized “stamp” of a line drawing made from various resources -- even your own drawings. The great thing is that a photopolymer plate can be used over and over again. You will love the sharp impressions you get from these fun and versatile texture plates! Students will also learn how to make moulds to add additional interest to their work as well as layering techniques. After this session, take a weekday series and use your plates to create more beautiful silver jewelry. Weekend Session: Saturday November 5th 10-4pm Class Fee: $90 Materials Fee: Bring your own clay or buy some in class Level: All. Some experience with PMC a plus

_______________________________Friday Night Open Studio
Grab your unfinished PMC projects or start a new one…..and join us for an evening of creative camaraderie. Virginia will be on hand to help you with your projects. Friday Night Session: Friday November 18th, 6:30pm9:30pm
Class Fee: $40 Materials Fee: Bring your own PMC or buy some in class Level: Intermediate and advanced. Student feels relatively comfortable working with PMC


________________________________________________PMC RINGS
Learn how to make a gorgeous hand crafted silver ring. In this class you will learn how to size a ring band in PMC. We will be using a variety of texture plates as well as learn how to layer words or phrases on our creations.
Weekday Series: Two consecutive Wednesdays, December 7th & 14th 10:30am-1:30am Class Fee: $90 for instruction, use of tools and firing Materials Fee: Approx $65 (depending on the current silver market) Materials Fee includes a 25 gram pack of PMC and other consumables. Level: All levels. Some experience with PMC is preferred.

Studio time is available for those who have taken at least 8 hours of instruction in metal clay and are fairly comfortable working with PMC. Studio tools & textures are available for you to practice and explore your creativity with PMC. Students can come with their own project ideas or will be given projects to work on.
Weekday Sessions: Wednesdays 10:30-1:30 (Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 14) Open Studios will continue after the holidays in the New Year. Class Fee: $40 per session. Students may purchase a six session package for $180. Students must use the six session package within a two month period. Materials Fee: Bring your own PMC or buy some in class. Level: Intermediate to Advanced; students must feel very comfortable working with PMC


Can’t make a class? Want some one-on-one time specific to your learning interests? Know others who may want to join you in this creative medium? Schedule some time at PMC Design Studio with Virginia. Class fees are as follows: Three or four hour sessions: 1 person $45/hour per person plus materials 3 people $25/hour per person plus materials

2 people $35/hour hour per person plus materials 4 people $20/hour hour per person plus materials

Session prices are as follows for sessions five to eight hours long. 1 person $35/hour per person plus materials 2 people $25/hour per person plus materials 3 people $20/hour per person plus materials 4 people $15/hour per person plus materials 5 people plus. If you coordinate students, YOUR CLASS FEES ARE FREE. You only pay for the materials you use. All other participants are $15 per person per hour plus materials. The materials fee depends on the project(s) you select.

CLASS REGISTRATION_______________________
Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prepayment of class is required to reserve your space. The materials fee will be collected the day of class. Please also read our class policies below. By signing up for a class you are

indicating that you understand the class cancellation policies.

You can register for a class by PayPal or check. Checks need to be received 10 days in advance of the session. After that, we can only accept PayPal payments. In the event that a check is returned, an additional $20 will be charged to cover bank fees.

CANCELLATION POLICY THERE ARE NO CASH REFUNDS. All payments are non-refundable. Please CHECK YOUR CALENDAR TWICE BEFORE SIGNING UP! If you cannot attend a class that you have committed to, please refer to the options below. 10 days notice. If you cancel at least 10 DAYS prior to the class, you can take a class of equal or lesser value up to 6 months after the class you missed has ended. Less than 10 days. If you cannot make a class please notify me. You may send someone in your place with written consent. No refunds are available. No Shows. If you sign up for a class & do not call or show up FOR ANY REASON your entire class fee is NON-REFUNDABLE and no makeup “credit” will be given - no exceptions. Class Cancellations -- if we cancel. If student enrollment is below four students, PMC Design Studio may cancel a class up to three days prior to the class. You will be notified by phone or e-mail AND receive a FULL cash refund or credit towards another class. WAIVER of LIABILITY Due to the use of hand tools, torches and chemicals that may be used in class, all students who register agree to sign a waiver of liability at the start of their session.


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