Here is what the clay looks like when I take it out of the package:
The next step is to roll out the clay and either stamp or carve out your design.
In this next photo you can see a piece of jewelry that I used a rubber stamp to create.
Now the pieces are ready to go into the kiln to fire. The PMC is fired at 1650 degrees for 2 hours. After firing the binder and water burn away, leaving pure fine silver. Here is what the silver looks like after it gets out of the kiln.
Now the silver must be brushed with a brass brush and tumbled in a tumbler for 2 hours. This will bring out the high shine of the silver.
The next step involves using a antiquing solution called Black Max. Which, you guessed it turns the silver black.
I have to admit, the next step is my least favorite...using 6 different grades of very fine sanding paper and a polishing cloth, I bring back the shine to the raised areas. This whole process allows the antiquing solution to highlight the design area while still having a shine to the finished piece.
At this point, all your hard work is rewarded!
Another part of my design process includes photo transfer...but I'll save that for another day! Here is what the finished piece of jewelry looks like using the silver square frames and a little photo transfer work:
I have to say I enjoy all the steps of the process (except maybe that 6 step polishing process!). I find that each time I create a new piece of jewelry I grow creatively.
Thanks for visiting! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about the process.