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    Hello,

    I've been exploring a few different techniques to achieve an idea I have in my head, and was wondering - can polymer clay be baked inside a sterling silver fitting? And can resin be 'poured' directly into a sterling silver 'bowl' to harden?

    Thanks x

  • #2
    Not sure about the polymer clay but resin can discolour sterling silver.
    Best wishes
    Carole

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    • #3
      Don't know about resin but I am sure you can bake clay with sterling silver.

      Had a book on silver clay for Christmas and one of the projects was to put a clay backing on a filigree silver clay pendant. The clay being baked after the silver clay was baked.

      The temperature to cook polymer clay would not affect silver.

      NB I haven't actually tried it .... yet!
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      • #4
        Thanks, both of you... I guess I'll give them a go and see.....

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        • #5
          I would have said no to both of these - only because I can't see any point in doing it as they probably wouldn't stick without an additional medium.

          Polyclay can shrink enough with cooking to fall out of any setting you put it into, and you would have to key the silver to get resin to stick, which would then show through. I think I would create a cabochon from polyclay or resin and then bezel set or glue it into your silver.

          If it's a small piece, a cold enamelling technique might do the trick though?
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          • #6
            thanks... can you tell me any more about cold enamelling?

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            • #7
              Hi LucySG if the settings aren't to deep then you could try UV resin
              (it's what I use on my fine silver pendants for adding colour).
              You can buy P2 Jelly UV resin from a few sources including silverclay.co.uk
              a UV nail light would cure it just fine (inexpensive from Argos)
              I've also used colores 2 part clear epoxy resin which is fine for setting into pendants.
              If you decide to use photos or pictures under the resin then you'll need
              to seal them first - something like elmers glue (white clear drying craft glue) would do the job just fine, it stops the resin absorbing into the paper & making it translucent.

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              • #8
                P.S> Re polymer clay and silver - yes you can use the two together.....
                It looks really nice with cut outs - here's a link to a USA class which shows an example of a combined polymer clay and silverclay pendant.(http://njpcg.wordpress.com/2008/03/2...rein-workshop/)

                You could do a similar effect using a piercing saw on sheet silver
                then doming the pendant

                Liquid polymer clay baked as a first layer will help the clay to adhere to the silver. (there's also a source for resin here too)
                http://www.polymerclaypit.co.uk/acat...Resin_112.html

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                • #9
                  Is the resin you use OK with sterling, or would it discolour it like normal resin does?
                  Best wishes
                  Carole

                  www.caroleallenjewellery.co.uk

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                  • #10
                    Wow, thanks. I went to Hobbycraft today to get resin, but left with wool and knitting needles.... and beads.... and a crochet hook.... and fimo... and liquid acrylic paints.

                    Hmmm.... shaping up to be a messy new year whilst I'm stuck in dog-sitting.

                    Dog'll probably have a beaded wool coat by morning...!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Glitterbug View Post
                      Is the resin you use OK with sterling, or would it discolour it like normal resin does?
                      So far I've only used it on fine silver (ArtClay pieces), no discolouration on those, when I use it on a sterling piece I'll let you know the results
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