Monday, 12 July 2010

Phillipa's Fabulous Textures

In silver clay artistry, experimenting is key if you really want to create unique and very individual pieces of jewellery.

Phillipa Fenny is a jewellery designer who attended both our introduction and advanced silver clay workshops and is a member of the Silver Clay Club. She creates some amazing jewellery designs using beads and silver clay under the brand name 'Purple Pickled Onions'. Here Phillipa shares with us a brand new technique she stumbled across purely by accident that produced some wonderful results!

"I had some lovely dicroic glass cabochons that I wanted to set into pendants and I wanted to try to make something different from my usual pieces of work. I had some new shape templates to try out so I decided that would be my starting point and would take it from there.

After cutting out my pendant shapes and setting the dichroic glass cabochons where I wanted them, I made the bails for each one out of a rope of clay coiled around a straw andpendant itself. I was pleased with what I had so far , but they were still lacking something....a texture.
I have loads of texture mats etc in my tool box but I'd got tired of using the same ones over and over again and it was whilst I was sanding them that a thought struck me......the cling film I'd used to keep my clay moist had dried bits of clay all over it that fell off in little flakes when I picked it up. I wondered if they could be used for adding texture to my sanded pieces. I then wondered about mixing these flakes with the sanding dust left on my board from sanding the pendants.

I wasn't sure how it would turn out but I gave it a go and mixed some of the flakes with sanding dust and sprinkled them on the part of the pendant I wanted them to stick to. They looked great once dried, but would it still look as good once fired or would they melt and go into a mass blob in the kiln ?...well here are the results see for yourself. I must admit I was pretty pleased with how they have turned out."

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Further Adventures in Silver Clay Now on Sale!

I'm so happy to tell you that our second DVD in the silver clay jewellery making series in now on sale. 'Further Adventures in Silver Clay' takes your skills to a whole new level. I demonstrate how to make eight brand new projects on this DVD, these range from two different types of rings, finger print keepsakes, setting cubic zirconia, making moulds and turning leaves into pure silver using art clay silver paste.
It has been a labour of total love and pure fun and I hope you will enjoy watching and expanding your jewellery making reportoire. You can buy our new DVD by visiting the on-line shop here.