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I really love the metallic finish of the bronze and copper metal clay I use for a majority of the jewelry pieces I create, but to expand my jewelry collection I decided to invest in Fine Silver metal clay for a new look.
What is nice about metal clay, whether it is copper, bronze or silver, is that in the early stages I am able to use it just like clay. I roll it out, cut any desired shape, add texture to the surface, and manipulate it in any way I want to create my pieces.
For my new silver pieces, I cut and shaped hearts, stars, flowers and round discs to be used for studs and charms.
Once I was happy with the shape, texture and overall design, I placed the delicate little components into my kiln, which is specifically designed for firing metal clay. The high heat of the kiln is what burns off the binder in the metal clay and the metal particles fuse together to create a solid metal item.
Once the firing is complete, the clean up begins, because even though the binder has burned off, there is still a residual white reside present on the metal. I brush, rub and polish each piece to bring out the true luster of the silver finish.
Some of the final products include the Fine Silver Daisy Earrings:
The Heavenly Star Fine Silver Earrings with Silken Sheen:
The Descending Fine Silver Triple Star Pendant Necklace:
And the Swinging Hearts of Brushed Fine Silver Earrings:
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