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Learn to make silver jewelry using precious metal clay


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6 Lessons ()
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Painting the layers

    • 3. Layering the precious metal paste

    • 4. Firing the piece

    • 5. Brushing and burnishing

    • 6. Oxidizing and final touches


About This Class

In this class you will learn basic jewelry making skills while working in precious metal clay. See how this clay will transforms into solid silver. This is such a versatile medium to work in and it lends itself perfectly to beginners who would like to learn a new skill of to creatives eager to explore a new art form.


1. Introduction: Hello. My name is in rank, and I'm a jewelry designer. Had a metals. Over the past 14 years, I've been creating jewelry using various metals like gold, silver and platinum. Working in middle requires quite a few tools that can be quite costly, and you would need to possess the necessary skills that can take years to Mawston precious metal. Clay, however, is such a versatile material working, and it lends itself perfectly to begin its who are passionate about making their own silver jewelry. You can accomplish very intricate and complex elements off design without all the time, tools and equipment that is required in metal smiting. It is such a rewarding way to create joy by just shaping and moulding the clay, using basic tools and equipment that can be found around the house or in your local craft store, if you're creative or even just curious to see how this clay can transform into solid solve it then joined this course and learning new skill that can be enjoyed as a hobby or even equip you to start your own business, selling your own and joy. There are many forms of mental claim for this lesson, we will be using the play in a paste for precious metal paste is easy to spread and can be used as a glue to attach silver clay pieces together or to make repairs on pre fired pieces . Today we will be making a silverleaf pendant using the precious metal taste. For this project, you will need the following things a dry or a fresh leave. Make sure the live is not too young or too thick as the moisture content in the leaf can affect clay as it is drying, resulting in unwanted cracks. Three. In sending sponges and three grades, butane torch a broad brush, heat tolerant surface like a break or charcoal block, or even a ceramic block. A metal burnish er small pain Fresh in a cup of water. The precious little paste and a pen vies with at least one millimeter Drillbit, something like a hair dryer or a hot plate. Firstly, make sure that you have everything you need ready on sick up. Make sure you're working surfaces free for many particles as it can easily land on your Web site, which you would like to avoid and also that you don't have any aluminium tools or kitchen foil as a surface. As this contaminates the clay, resulting in many problems, place your life in front of you. Now for this design I have chosen s age. What I like about this leaf is the shape and the well defined frame structure. So choose something for its shape and texture, as these qualities will be the design elements that will make your please. I've got all my tools ready and nearby so that once I start, I can just keep going. Open your precious metal paste and use your brush to just stir endless in the mixture. It should be the consistency of double cream if you're paste sticker and not easy to spread with your brush. Just add a few drops of water and stir. Keep adding water drop by drop to get the desired consistency. Metal clay has a composition of pure find silver powder, water and an organic binder. It is very easy to use and completely nontoxic the organic. Find. It burns out during firing, leaving you with a pure little piece. Take your leak and apply a thin layer off paste directly on the back of the leave, using gentle and even strikes precious metal. Clay, like any other clay, starts to dry out as soon as you start working with it. The working time depends on many factors, including temperature, humidity and the amount of used. For instance, if you live in a very humid environment or very cold, the clay will have a longer working time. Then, if you were to live in a dry and hot climate due to the high moisture content in the paste , you don't have to worry too much about working time. You will never waste any clay as dried clay or dried paste can easily be reconstituted by just adding some water, leaving it to reabsorb until the desired consistency has been achieved. Normally, I would apply a thin layer of olive oil on the back of the leave before adding the paste so that it is easier to remove the leave. Often the pace has completely dried to review the imprint. But for beginners, I have found that there are too many breakages resulting in unwanted cracks when pulling off the leaves. So it's best to just fire the leaf on the dry clay as it burns off in any way. When I drive the layers, I put the lid back onto my pace to avoid it drying out, and I put my brush in a cup with water for the same reason. Once you have applied the first layer, you need to drive before adding the second layer. I prefer using a hair dryer, but if you are working on multiple leaves or projects at a time, you can just pop it on a hot plate to dry While you keep working. Make sure that you hold your leave while you are using the hair dryer as it can easily slip and blow off your workspace. Now you can examine your piece and see how the first layer has dry. You can see it has taken on that beautiful vein structure, and the clay is quite hard, so you'll leave can't 2. Painting the layers: what's the first layers dry enough to add the second layer. Just shake off any excess water on your brush and stir your pace before applying another layer. Depending on the thickness of each layer, you might need to apply between four and seven layers in total. It does depend on how much paste you apply on each layer and the designs thickness of your piece. Keep in mind that there's about 10% shrinkage after firing, so if you're leaf is about 1.5 millimeters thick communities in the dried, playful it will be approximately 1.35 millimeters thick after firing. You don't want it to be too thin, as the civil will be able to bend quite easily and can affect the durability of your piece When it is war after every layer, I just wipe off any exes clay back into the pot, close lit from stopping it from drying out too fast, fresh into the water, making sure I hold my leave before I put on the hairdryer way drying here because this process could take a couple of minutes, depending on the thickness of the layer. You I don't want to be in a rush. When you do this, you want to make sure that it is perfectly dry before each applying ancient. Once it's dried, you can see it has this beautiful, silky porcelain feel to it on. Now it's ready to add another layer to it. The only difference between the chi type on the pace type of this product is the water portion in the mixture. So the paste has a much higher water content than the clay, making it perfect for painting or the backup leaves or even dried flowers. Or if you have a beautiful texture paper, you can paint it on the back of that to get the perfect impression of the form. Now there's many uses for the paste. You can also use it as a glue to join two pieces together or to fill in gaps or cracks that has occurred when the client place dried or even to attach silver findings like a broach findings or bail backs with screw eyes for pendants. He's been acting as the glue that holds on connects. The pieces need to dry the peace once again, making sure we hold it as it can be so easy to just slip off your work surface. 3. Layering the precious metal paste: No way we're going to start Stop with four player, which would be my last layer for this piece. Keep adding more layers and drying them in between until the desired thickness has been achieved. For this project, I've applied four layers in total as I painted on the paste quite quickly. Finished piece needs to be completely dry before firing to avoid any damage. A dry for a few hours or overnight in a warm spot. Or use a hot plate food woman played or even a hair drive faster results Drying. The peace will only in a warm environment with circulating. It is definitely the best option if you have the time. When the play is bone drive, you can use files an abrasive sponges or sandpaper to smooth the peace and to falling grooves and textures. It is best to spend some time in making sure that the dry clay, please has been sanded and filed on the whole strolled prior to filing. As it is harder to get rid of any unwanted marks and metal once the clay has turned into silver before we can fire it, we need to make sure that it is now properly dried, and this could take some time. It needs to be bone dry. I taste this with my nail. If I press my nail into the clay and it leaves a slight mark, I need to keep going. Once it feels like dried porcelain and you cannot make a mark with your nail, then it is ready to add the finishing touches to it. When the clay is bone dry, you can use falls, and abrasive sponges will sandpaper to smooth the peace and to file in grooves and textures . It is best to spend some time in making sure that dry clay peas has been sanded and filed on hold. Strolled prior to firing as it is much harder to get rid of any unwanted marks and metal. Once the clay has turned into silver, I am using a handheld device, and they drove it to drill the hole. Now, if you have something like a Dremel or Fordham free to use that this is just a much cheaper option. Make sure you place your leave on a flat surface. Once you start drilling, make sure that you don't act too much pressure as this is still clay and not silver yet slowly but city, you will get the whole through. It's much easier than you think. Using your sandpaper or the three M sanding sponges, stop with the courses and work away to the finest grade. With these sponges, I will start with the red, then the blue and end with finest sponge the green one. When sanding, you can obviously use wet on dry sandpaper in a 601,200 grip. Even because of the flexibility of the sponges, it is very convenient for polishing and sanding the curved surfaces on this leave, so I tend to use it purely because it's easier as you are using the finest sponge, you will notice a beautiful silver shine to your clay piece, indicating that this claim is pure silver alongside the organic binder and some water. But the silver particles really already come to shine as you start sending it. Peace is now ready to be fired. Make sure you are working but well ventilated area or in a room with a good extractor fan, because as the organic binder bones off, it creates a bit of smoke for Diggins 4. Firing the piece: I am using a hand held blowtorch. This torch can be bought online on Amazon or I bought mine from a kitchen supply store. Place the piece on a fire tolerance surface. I'm using a ceramic honeycombs on top off a brick so it can be purchased at any jewelry store. Or, if you have a brick at home, you can just use that. Turn on your torch and start heating your piece. Once you start heating, you'll notice the leaf, starting it to burn as well as the organic binder is burning off, causing a bit of smoke and flames. Do not be alarmed as this only last for a few seconds. You want to hit your piece for approximately two minutes. When you heat the peace and the binder has burned off, you will notice that the piece goes from brown to white to a light pink color. If you notice the peace doing to arrange, you were at risk of melting your piece. If you keep on heating any further, keep eating it for about two minutes in the life pink toe orange color, and that will guarantee that all the water and binder bones off. If you don't eat the peace long enough at the right temperature, your piece might still be brittle and able to break. You can't heated for too long, so rather at a minute they're not doing it for long enough. Now, if you have a killer home, then you can just read the instructions on the lethal that you confined inside every package off the precious metal clay. And it would give you the instructions of the temperature. And the time you kill needs to be at for your piece to turn into solid silver so you can see I'm regulating the heat with flame by moving it further away or closer to the peace to make sure that it means the same color, which is that like pinkish orange color for at least two minutes, firing any precious metal client. Remember that there is about 10% now with this leaf, it doesn't matter too much because it's a pendant, but when it comes to things like rings that has to be made according to a specific size, Then you would need to take that in account and make a ring four times bigger in size, almost for it to end up in the right size with your torch. Keep it at about a 45 degree angle to the peace and up five centimeters two inches away from the peace and just keep regulating the heat. Get that peach color. Why going closer further away with your flame. Make sure that it stays in that peach color for about two minutes to guarantee your piece is solid silver and all the organic behind has okay, so we are almost done with the firing process. You can see that here, the original leave. Everything has burned off Sunday's No more visit. You lift. Just keep going, aiming for that two minute mark. Rather, go a little bit over the time and be under just guaranteeing that. Or the non toxic organic binder has burned off completely. What you are left with a solid sold them. You don't have to turn your piece around, but since we kept believe on, I tend to just turn it to make sure that everything has burnt off. There's no residue left on the lease. Once you have done the firing, just leave it aside to cool 5. Brushing and burnishing: When you pick up your piece, you can feel that it is not solid silver and it even sounds like solar, so if you tap in a little against it, it will have that typical metallic sound. Your peace is now solid silver, although it still looks completely wiped. As soon as you use your brass brush, you can polish up the silver. If you would like toa oxidizer, I recommend adding a few drops of liver of sulfur in some warm water and leaving your piece in it for a couple of minutes. There is another job believe. Make using deliver off sulfur toe oxidize it, giving it a lovely contrast ing color combination. Continue to use your bath brush just polish up or the white turning it into that beautiful silver color on the back of the fund. I'm preparing it later. Take your furniture and start polishing it further. If you like a mirror like fish, wherever the metal burnishes will touch there, it will be a very highly polished silver because my leaf has a lot of texture on it. When you used the metal burnish, you don't want to press to heart and flatten all the bumps with it, so you just want to take away the silver, polish it up. Even on the back, the back spread smoother. There's low texture, so you can really press hard and take your time with this pot to make sure that the whole back has that beautiful, highly polished look. Obviously, you can use a polishing wheel and any other polishing equipment. If you have made jewelry before, worked with metal clay, the NATO bases just quite an easy way to do it, giving you that really high shine. Look, if you like that now, with this one, I quite like the combination off the mat white finish in between the grooves and the bumps up the texture of belief and then have a really nice and Chinese on the top way, it really reflects well in the light. 6. Oxidizing and final touches: Now that your piece is done, you can decide whether or not you want to lead a plane. Or if you want to use the liver of suffered toe, oxidize it here. Other things that you therefore this I have already made my mixture bottom of the River Sava in warm water. And over here is my card. Well, hop in your piece. Get a swirl. No, you will see that the coloring goes from yellow to brown. Going dark states you can take it out of any state and just neutralizing the bike cop if you reach the desired color, I'm gonna leave it in mind for about five minutes. Read the instructions on the back of your product making sure you use a mask for extractor fan working in a well ventilated area since it has a very own place and smell after about five minutes to take it out, neutralize it in your bicarb and it's ready to touch. No way. I'm using the finest sending sponge just to sand off all the black off the top of the surface. And it will live along the black still in the veins of the leaf, giving it that beautiful color contrast. If you would like your piece to be highly polished, you can always use something like a metal tumbler and leave it in there for a few minutes. Oh, I'm just using my furniture again. If you can't decide whether or not you wanted oxidized or just plain, you can always reheat it with the blowtorch, and that will get rid of a lot the oxide and black on. Then you can just put it in some citric acid as a vehicle to clean it off, and they neutralize it in some bicarbonate of soda water and your piece of silver again. So there's always that option piece is now done. You can use the jump ring, chain or string to it on. It is ready to be war. Thank you for joining this course. I hope you've enjoyed learning a new skill using this precious metal paste and creating your own so believe jewelry