Designing in silver & polymer clay…

August 14, 2006

Polymer Clay, Silversmithing

Well – I finally made the project that I set out to do when I began silversmithing classes a couple of months ago. I have been wanting to combine silver & polymer clay for some time & am fascinated by how amazingly beautiful it can look when done right. Of course, this isn’t one of those examples. 😉 But it isn’t bad for a first effort, I guess. The design reminds me a bit of Mondrian.

Quick directions:
Fabricate the bezel from fine sterling silver & solder it to a 20-gauge sterling base. Saw out the shape, file it, & attach a handmade bail (from 22-gauge sterling). After polishing, add some polymer clay in earth tones, bake the piece, sand it & buff to a shine. Helpful hint: Use some Mica pearlescent clay in at least one panel of your design to add interest (see top right panel of pendant). The light will reflect off of it beautifully & add texture to your piece.

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2 Responses to “Designing in silver & polymer clay…”

  1. lisa Says:

    What do you mean, “when done right” — this is AWESOME!!!

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  2. Shari Carroll Says:

    This is beautiful Laura!!! I’m a silver wearer and used to do jewelry back in high school, this is so lovely, the colors, the concept, everything! Just perfect. :o)
    shari

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