My hand-crafted jewelry is a combination of fine silver and gold metal clay and silver fabrication.
The silver clay handles similar to traditional modeling clays, when dried, it is transformed into a solid object through kiln firing at about 1200 degrees. During firing, the “binder”, is burned away and the metal particles “sinter” into a solid form.
After the initial process of drying and firing I begin to work with the pieces in exactly the same way one works with silver fabrication with grinders, sanders, polishers and shaping tools.
This relatively new metal clay process allows the jewelry artist to shorten the time spent fabricating intricate jewelry designs and go right to the exciting part of the finishing work.