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New Pictures of Silver Jewelry Designs

After the Copper Art Clay disaster I decided to cheer me up with a couple new designs in Silver Metal Clay (PMC) while I wait for some more copper clay to come in the mail and continue with my experiments…

I was able to take a few pictures that I would like to share with you before uploading them to the site. Below is a finished pure silver pendant that I slightly oxidized to add contrast with the fine silver and the thin layer of gold accent that I placed in some places. The finished patina is slightly blue-ish purple-ish, which is my favorite patina.

Inside Out Fine Silver Pendant
Inside Out: Fine Silver Pendant

I have always been fascinated by the relation of the subconscious and the dream world with our everyday life, and how we can discover what is inside of us by watching our mind and actions in the world. This design, as many of my jewelry pieces are, was inspired by this fascination with the subconscious.

As I was taking the picture, I realized that the photographic background had some scratches on it! Anyway, I don’t think I can fix that, which means I will have to “photoshop” my pictures whenever I use this background… Oh well. I wonder what photographers do to keep this type of background clear and unscratched.

Below is another precious metal clay design I am working on and I wanted to share this picture here before it is completely finished.

The Dream - Metal Clay Design
The Dream (unfinished)

This photo was taken before the piece was fired, and although I fired it already I will share it here when it is completely finished and photographed. I am waiting for some sterling silver wire to come in the mail because I would like to create a chain for it. I will post this pmc jewelry design again when it’s completely done.

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Copper Art Clay Mystery

I think I am on the right track at resolving the Copper Art Clay breaking mystery. From looking at my pieces, I’d say that they weren’t fired enough, that is, that the metal wasn’t sintered because there was not enough heat. Since copper sinters at a higher temperature than silver, I will fire another piece until it becomes redder than I am used to with silver, which shows a salmon color when fired, and I will also fire torch it longer than 5 minutes.

It was very disappointing to have those 2 pieces break on me, especially because now I have to wait until I get another order of copper clay. I might get a new kiln or a SpeedFire Cone system to fire more copper pieces that way. We’ll see…

I have my fingers crossed and will post results here soon.

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Copper Art Clay Disaster!

Ok, my first try at copper clay turned out to be a total disaster. I am still trying to figure out why the couple pieces I fired split and broke when I quenched them! I am saving one more piece for when I find the answer… When the first one broke I thought maybe I didn’t fire it long enough, so I fired the second one longer, but got the same result. Oh well, you live and learn… A picture of the disaster below:

Broken Copper Clay Pendant

The Art Clay Copper is very dry and somewhat hard to handle, although it feels like real clay because of the color. It seems to dry so quickly, much quicker than the silver clay and be more brittle. My third piece (the one I am saving) actually broke before being fired and I had to make up some copper clay paste and fix it. I hope it will stay in one piece. I don’t think I’ve ever had a silver piece break like that, unless I dropped it. This one broke while I was sanding it. Anyway, we’ll see how it all pans out with this new adventure with copper clay. I will keep you posted as to what I can find out…