Category Archives: Metal Clay

Copper Beetle Key Fob

Key Fob with Copper Beetle Design

Beetle Key Fob

Patty made this when she visited us in January. The beetle design was carved from a block of soft carving material, similar to an eraser. CopprClay (by Metal Adventures) was rolled out onto the design, then dried, refined, fired and riveted to hand-dyed veg-tanned cowhide.

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Botanical Mixed Metal Pendant

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I just finished this and shipped it off to one of my galleries. The botanical portion is made from BronzClay (Metal Adventures brand), and then riveted to sawn nickel silver and copper which has been textured.

The botanical image was made by carving into a soft block material. This is yet another way to use one’s own images to make jewelry.

One of my followers (wow, doesn’t that sound awesome?!) suggested I do a post on two-part silicone mold making. I will write that as soon as I can, as well as posting about the carving method used above.

 

 

Leather Bracelets

Mostly botanical designs, some bronze and one sterling silver tree. I just finished these and they are ready to be shipped off to a gallery! I’m not really into bracelets myself, partially because I have very skinny wrists and also because they tend to present a hazard when working with equipment. I did, however, make one of these for myself with leather from a discarded briefcase in the trash and a face plate with larkspur stems. I love the larkspurs because they attract sphinx moths and tiger swallowtails to our garden.

Sterling Metal Clay: PMC3 plus PMC Sterling

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Celie Fago posted the results of her year of experiments with combining equal amounts of PMC3 and PMC Sterling clay. Celie’s blog explains this in more detail, but this combination of clays can be fired on an open shelf (no messy carbon!) at 1500 degrees F for 1 hour. This is the most exciting development in metal clays in a long time.

Often I wait for new trends to settle and let others experiment before I try new techniques or materials, but Celie was quite confident about the strength and ease of this combination. I immediately tried it and used the result to make the earrings above. The flower components are the new sterling combination, riveted to a backing of patinaed nickel silver sheet metal.

 

Experimental Photos of Bronze Earrings

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Digital photography is definitely not my forte. Each day I learn a bit more about it so that I hate it less and less.

These earrings were both made using Metal Adventures BronzClay. I like BronzClay better than Fast Fire Bronze Clay. The BronzClay has a better working feel to it. The Fast Fire Bronze (or FFB) feels grainy, gritty  and crumbly and dries out quickly. I’ve had better sintering results with BronzClay, whereas FFB sometimes – seemingly for an unknown reason – fails to sinter completely.