Earth toned tundra sapphires and a stamped Precious Metal Clay fine silver pendant combine with a sapphire dotted oxidized sterling silver chain to create this stunning necklace!
Metal clay is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelry, beads and small sculptures. Originating in Japan in 1990, metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds. After drying, the clay can be fired in a variety of ways such as in a kiln, with a handheld gas torch, or on a gas stove, depending on the type of clay and the metal in it. The binder burns away, leaving the pure sintered metal. Shrinkage of between 8% and 30% occurs (depending on the product used). Alloys such as bronze, sterling silver, and steel are also available.
What do I consider a successful design?
It’s when texture and dimension are present and accounted for, and align in a visually pleasing way. That’s when I’m on my way to being happy with the piece. Then, there is that undefinable special something that just makes the piece ‘work.’
— Shari Both, Jewelry Artist