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    My partners Dad is a water colour artist in his spare time (very good I might add) and belongs to a art society. They have all sorts of workshops and talks etc and he invited me to come along to this weeks one which was a talk by Sian Hamilton who is the editor of Making Jewellery Magazine.

    Her talk last night was about silver clay which is something I use already and thoroughly enjoy but I just had to say if you ever get the chance to go to a talk of hers then it is well worth it. She really captured your attention and made it very interesting. It really made me want to get back into making things with silver clay (haven't been able to afford it for a while), so I will be having a session at the weekend.

    Also, I think I will be changing the make I use as the one she uses (PMC) looked more malleable that the one I've used before (ACS) - worth a try at least eh.

    Does anyone else have any preference of the make they use?

  • #2
    Oh Ok, thought there were other people on here that worked with silver clay. Some opinions on brands would have been helpful but oh well, I will just keep experimenting.....

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    • #3
      ooh i just signed up for a course in silver clay. start this afternoon.

      A little bit last minute but i'm looking forward to it. I will probably be the most disorganised person there!
      Wendy x

      http://pixiedustjewellery.blogspot.com/ - My New Blog

      http://icraft.moonfruit.com Hull & East Yorkshire's Craft Group

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      • #4
        Hi, I work entirely now with polymer clay but have made some precious metal clay jewellery. I used the PMC brand. I found that PMC3 is is the softest and most versitile. It also comes in a slip form for sticking pieces together and in a syringe for filigree work. Some of the clays are fired at different temperatures and are better for different types of jewellery. I think the "standard type" was good for being textured? Also there are different shrinkage rates which need to be considered if adding stones to work. It can also be used with enamels and polymer clay. If you look on amazon there are loads of excellent books about which give you ideas and recommendations of which type of clay is best for different projects. The reason I stopped using it was the cost and also I didn't have an area at home suitable to work in for the silver smithing required for the finishing off, like using liver of sulphur to patinate the surface. It is fantastic stuff and I have seen some fantastic work made with it, as with everything the finishing and polishing make all the difference to a piece.
        Have fun and post some pics of your work I would be interested to see what you are making.

        Anita
        www.raw-elements.co.uk

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        • #5
          I really enjoyed my first day on the silver clay course. I made a heart shaped pendant. i dont have enough posts to add a picture yet..
          Wendy x

          http://pixiedustjewellery.blogspot.com/ - My New Blog

          http://icraft.moonfruit.com Hull & East Yorkshire's Craft Group

          http://facebook.com/pages/Pixie-Dust...28723157141186 my Facebook Page

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          • #6
            Nice to hear you had a good time. I am about to book on a course too for Silver Clay Jewllery making, after Easter. I'm so excited. What kind of thiongs did you learn today? My course will just be one full day.

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            • #7
              Hi

              I use Art Clay 650 slow dry- I find it a really good all rounder and good for teaching with as it does allow for taking a little extra time.

              Am not sure where you are going or courses but check the value for money- on the courses I teach you learn the obvious stuff like working with the clay, what it does and how to dry and finish it and complete a 'set' - eg heart shape pendant and ear rings (with texture), learn joining pieces of clay (usually another pendant) and using liver of sulphur to 'age' pieces (usually another smaller piece eg a bead). Am happy to supply price (don't want to be accused of overtly advertising!) and further info
              Full Time Jewellery Designer and Silversmith

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              • #8
                my course is a 10 week course. 3 hours each week. this week we were introduced to the silver clay. told how to work with it, shown the equipment in the studio (dryer,polishers etc) and shown a simple tutorial on making a simple piece. she showed us how to make a pair of earrings with texture and then set us off on our own. we are able to make whatever we want in the classes but she will give us full guidance when we get stuck. i preferred this to the 1 day classes where we would have to make a set piece. I wanted to make my mum a charm necklace for mothers day and made 2 charms so I was happy
                I have loads of ideas for what i would like to make next. I think next week she is going to show us the different types of clay. syringed etc..
                I really want to learn how to do the finger print and image jewellery but this is another workshop which i have just missed. she wont have another until august
                Wendy x

                http://pixiedustjewellery.blogspot.com/ - My New Blog

                http://icraft.moonfruit.com Hull & East Yorkshire's Craft Group

                http://facebook.com/pages/Pixie-Dust...28723157141186 my Facebook Page

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                • #9
                  Art Clay Silver / Silver Clay

                  Hi I use ACS and this is what I instruct with on my Fingerprint Jewellery, handprint jewellery and artwork jewellery courses. I have used pmc before, but I prefer ACS, but I guess it's a personal thing? I've been using ACS for years and love it! It's very malleable, so long as you keep it moist. So, with any off-cuts, I always damp down with a bit of water, wrap in cling-film and then wrap in damp kitchen paper, then wrap in cling-film again and keep it in an air-tight box until I'm ready to work on another project. Keeps nice and moist and malleable that way!
                  Michelle Williams

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                  • #10
                    Course sounds really good Definitely think type of clay preferred is personal- they are probably much the same but we just get used to a particular product
                    Full Time Jewellery Designer and Silversmith

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