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Last week I learnt how to work with silver metal clay at a London Jewellery School taster class. My teacher was an expert in the technique... and by the end of the evening I was hooked.
Written by Amelia Gregory
Silver metal clay has intrigued me since I did silversmithing classes a few years ago, simply because it promises so much: all the gleam and precious feel of silver and… well… about a quarter of the work to achieve it. What's not to intrigue? But my then teacher scared me off with stories of how difficult it is to work with, and its purported inferior quality.
Well, now I've worked with the stuff and I'm a convert. It's a very different material to manipulate than sterling silver, which requires large amounts of heating and hammering. Working with silver metal clay is more like working with ceramic clay, in that you have to work fast or it dries out. It is also a lot like working with a polymer clay such as Fimo - you push it around with your fingers to achieve the effects you want.