Play with Precious Metal Clay

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On my last trip back to South Africa I spent an evening with my uncle. We looked through his collection of semi-precious stones.

I learnt about the different grades and what makes some stones more valuable than others. I also saw black jade for the first time and learnt about some stones that I didn’t even know existed. At the end of the evening, he gave me a peridot which is my birthstone.

Coming back to Australia I tried for months to figure out what I could do with my peridot…  Then one day my friend Cindy from The World Rocks Jewellery messaged me for a catch-up.

And that’s when I had a brain spark! I decided to make a pendant with precious metal clay! I’ve always wanted to work with this medium and Cindy was the perfect person to help me!

Spending the day with Cindy I learnt so much about this fabulous material.

Here are my 5 favourite fun facts about Precious Metal Clay (PMC):

  1. Japan developed Silver Metal Clay in the 1990’s.
  2. It’s a powdered metal mixed with water and a non-toxic, organic binder. It feels and moulds like normal clay but when you fire it turns into pure metal!
  3. You can get different kinds of metal clay like gold and bronze. But silver has been around the longest (It’s what I used to make my pendant.)
  4.  Silver PMC has a much higher silver content (.999) compared to sterling silver (.925)
  5. The best part is it’s made from reclaimed silver. From waste liquids and films collected from hospitals and photographic studios.

Cindy has so much knowledge of this material. And has kindly shared a few links with me about this super awesome medium for artists: Read more here and here.

What I made

I wanted an organically shaped pendant. I finally decided to use a tomato🍅 leaf. Inspired by all the gardening🌱 I've been doing.

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 CAREFULLY CUTTING OUT MY LEAF

CAREFULLY CUTTING OUT MY LEAF

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 .999 SILVER TOMATO LEAF PENDANT WITH MY PERIDOT BIRTHSTONE

.999 SILVER TOMATO LEAF PENDANT WITH MY PERIDOT BIRTHSTONE

I was fun to try a new craft. And I really enjoyed working with PMC and yes I'd do it again. I love how it get your hands dirty! 😆