Today I’ve really enjoyed teaching Jude and Rosie something about making jewellery using Art Clay Silver. It was the first time they had used it and they made some beautiful pieces. We began by using a leaf and rolling it over the clay. Art Clay takes on very fine detail so Rosie and Jude used this to create contrast of smooth and a delicately textured area. We then made small molds from limpet shells so they could learn to press the silver clay in, using it economically to make small three dimensional pieces. We followed this by making unique texture plates and rolling out the silver clay between them, to make pieces textured on both sides (I forgot to photograph the backs). They then made bails and used up the remaining silver clay rolling out another leaf printed piece.
After drying and refining the edges all of the pieces were fired in the kiln. I then showed them how to polish and finish their work, adding patina to some of them. This was a very productive day and they both worked to a very high standard of finish. I hope they will enjoy their silver clay adventures.