Classes & Events
Please come see BMB Designs at:
You can purchase my jewelry at the Metal Museum Gift Shop *and* at Arrow Creative in the Broad Ave Arts District.
Open Studio Nights occur every Wednesday beginning at 6 pm. Open studio nights are $10 for use of the equipment from 6-10 pm and do not include guided learning time, but Brandy is available to demo, answer questions and assist.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO OPEN STUDIO on:
OPEN STUDIO NIGHTS ARE ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19
November 25th, 2020 (Happy Thanksgiving!)
We are beginning to reschedule classes that were cancelled due to COVID-19 and Shelter-in-Place requirements. I will update Arkansas Craft School classes as I have more information. (updated 8/31/2020)
September 19th @ Memphis Botanic Gardens - Sterling Silver Metal Clay Wrap Ring -10 am to 5 pm
Join certified metal clay instructor Brandy Boyd for this fun, 1-day workshop and learn how to create a sterling silver metal clay wrap ring. Those who have worked with fine silver metal clay may know that making rings is an iffy project as fine silver is a soft metal. Sterling metal clay takes this variable out of the equation and allows you to create a stunning ring guaranteed to fit with texture, sparkling, fire in place CZs and best of all, it's strong!
No previous metal clay experience is required. You will practice rolling textures, molding accents, and setting small stones in metal clay. You'll also learn about sizing and shaping sterling rings in this class. Some students may have clay left over after completion of their rings. They are welcome to make small charms that can be fired in the kiln with the rings as Sterling Metal Clay is not able to be fired with a torch.
Your class kit is purchased separately, payable the day of the class, and includes 25 grams of one fire sterling clay, 5 micro CZs, and the use of all the tools needed to complete your ring. The kit price is $65 plus tax.
Learn how to add flat-backed stones called cabochons to silver jewelry. You'll learn about the different types of bezel wire, including gallery wire, how to fit a bezel to a stone, techniques for creating a full setting, finishing techniques, and ways to set the stone securely. Students should be able to complete a pendant with one bezel set stone in class. Link for registration in the title above. :)
Join us for this introduction to fine silver metal clay! You'll have the option to make a pendant or a pair of earrings out of this amazing material that handles like pottery clay, but when fired, the binder burns off and it becomes solid fine silver! If you've been wanting to test the water with this exciting medium, this is a great class for you! All materials are provided and tool kits will be provided for use in class. You will go home with your finished piece! Click the link in the title to go to Summer Ave Art & Clay's site to register. Your class fee of $75 includes everything!
Second Session Added! October 24th @ Arrow Creative - Kitchen Table Silversmithing- Chunky Chains.
Perfect for the beginner that wants to learn small scale soldering skills for silver!
Learn to work with metal and create real, soldered silver jewelry with minimal investment! You'll learn basic metal handling, hand tools, and soldering techniques (using a small, safe butane torch). Students will complete a necklace chain in class.
Beginner level silversmithing workshop. No experience necessary.
There will be an hour lunch break. Bring your own lunch or enjoy the restaurants in and around Broad Avenue.
Class Fee: $85 + Materials Fee: $50. All materials are included. (Includes sterling silver wire, jump rings, solder, studio consumables, use of specialty tools, and handouts.)
If students have the following, they're encouraged to bring them. (No worries! The instructor will have all of these for use.) - Micro torch (butane) and fuel, Soldering block, Jewelry files, Jewelry pliers, Hammers, Rawhide mallet
Link for registration HERE.
December @ Memphis Botanic Garden - Metal Clay Gift Workshop
To Be Rescheduled - Camp PMC Certification @ Arkansas Craft School
Join certified Camp PMC Instructor & Memphis based professional metalsmith Brandy Boyd for this Precious Metal Clay Certification course. This class consists of a total of 14 hours of instruction spread out over two days. Students will learn all of the fundamental skills required to work with metal clays and be successful with all PMC products.
Students will make 5 projects including a pair of earrings with a fireable stone, a double textured pendant with syringe detail, wrapped beads, a sculpted toggle clasp, and a wrapped ring with a fireable stone. The class will utilize PMC3, PMC Flex, and PMC OneFire 950 clays to ensure each student learns the appropriate usage of each type of clay.
Upon successful completion of projects and lecture time, students will take a short written test. Upon passing, each student will receive a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION from the Sawtooth School for Visual Art (Provided by the Instructor) and an 8% discount on all PMC clays at Clay Revolution and Rio Grande Jewelry Supply! Click the link in the title to register!
To be Rescheduled- Kitchen Table Silversmithing- The Basics @ Arkansas Craft School.
This 2-day class includes my popular Chunky Chains workshop and Bezel set pendant workshop in one awesome weekend so you go home with a beautiful pendant and chain! It's a great intensive for those wanting to learn silversmithing techniques. Click on the link for all the deets!
TBD @ Arrow Creative- KTSS: Give me a hand
In this ring making workshop, we will cover three different techniques for making rings using wire, using sheet, and creating C-ring bands to create rings that include a flat piece that could support cabochons. Students will complete a wire ring, a flat band ring, and a C-band ring in class. Link for registration coming soon
Don't see the class you want? Schedule a private class!
Birthday parties, girls' night out, or just a creative day with your friends, we can custom create a class for you. Let us know what you have in mind and we'll design a class that fits your plans *and* your skill level! We can even create classes that include all tools and supplies!
Email us today to get started!
Here's the fine print: These are grown-up classes, but we know some kids are pretty cool and want to make awesome art too.
Minimum ages: 16 and a parent or guardian must also attend.
For girls' night out classes- wine is welcome, but you must drink responsibly. We do not permit wine/beer/etc at hot work classes.
Food is also welcome at all classes- we have a fridge and a microwave on-site or there are several places nearby to order food from. Workshop classes include 45-60 minutes for lunch.
Also offering Art Clay certification classes for groups of 4 or more. Please inquire regarding details if interested.