Silver Metal Clay

Some of you have heard of silver metal clay, but may not know  much about it.   Manufactured in Japan, it has been available in the U.S. since the mid 1990’s.  Silver metal clay consists of  .999 pure fine silver microscopic particles mixed with a binder in clay form which somewhat resembles Silly Putty.  A versatile material, it can be formed in moulds, rolled flat and cut out, manipulated by hand, put through extruders…you name it.  Similar to the process of working with pottery clay, the finished design must be left to dry to a “green ware” state.  At this stage it can be carved, filed, sanded, and built upon.  The photo here shows pieces I have ready to fire in my kiln.  To achieve a durable finished silver product, I fire my metal clay at 1560 degrees for a full two hours.  Metal clay shrinks anywhere from nine to twenty-five percent depending on the brand and type of metal clay product used.  Once fired, each piece of metal clay will be white which is the true color of silver before it is finished by hand burnishing, polishing, or tumbling.  Patina solutions may be applied to achieve an antique finish. 

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on March 27, 2010.

2 Responses to “Silver Metal Clay”

  1. I am really enjoying reading your blog- thanks for sharing !

  2. Thank you Meg! When I decided to do a blog, I really didn’t want to treat it as a diary. Instead, it is my intention to share information regarding the art of jewelry making. It’s part of giving back. I’ve learned so much over the years and sometimes I really struggled to find answers to problems I had with design, techniques, where to find materials, etc.,. This was before the advent of the internet, so it was much more difficult. I’m thrilled to hear that people are enjoying the blog and I hope it inspires them to delve into the craft and enjoy being creative.

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