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Lovers of the Sonoran Desert can join award-winning artist Lyle Rayfield and learn how to capture its beauty in silver metal clay using prickly pear and cholla skeletons, mesquite beans and other organic materials found in and around Tucson. Students can choose from an assortment of desert materials to create a pair of earrings, a pendant or charm. Learn to use a two-part mold mix to capture the impression of your selected sample and recreate its shape in silver metal clay. You’ll also learn to use a simple butane torch to fire your pieces, so you can continue to use organic materials to make interesting jewelry without having to buy a kiln. Microscopic particles of pure silver are combined with an organic binder to produce the clay-like substance known as silver metal clay. When fired at high temperatures, the binder burns off and the metal particles fuse into a solid piece of silver. No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome. Demonstrations and instruction will cover how to properly roll, texture, shape, refine, fire, and finish metal clay creations. All materials supplied, but please bring a magnifying glass and an apron if you have them.