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Do you have gems and natural stones with no way to mount them? Are you tired of poking yourself with wire trying to wrap those gems and stones to wear them on necklaces and bracelets? Wish you could wrap those stones and gems in silver? Perhaps you should try Art Clay Silver.
What is Art Clay Silver
Art Clay Silver is a mold-able silver clay, made from silver particles, water, and organic binders. When pulled out of the package the clay is slightly wet. The clay can then be molded or pressed into a mold into any shape you choose, like polymer clay. After the clay is molded into its generic shape, the clay must be dried. Once dry the clay can be sanded and sculpted to add visual interest and detail like the design on this pendant. Once sanded and sculpted, the clay must be fired, either by kiln, torch, or gas stove top. During the firing process, the binders burn away and the silver particles sinter (diffuse across particles fusing the particles together and creating one solid piece of silver). The sintering process makes the piece shrink about 10% due to the loss of binders, and the remaining piece is 99.9% pure silver. Best of all, art clay silver is non-toxic and comes from recycled metals from old circuit boards and photographic supplies, which are harvested to become art clay gold and silver.
What Kind of Gems and Stones Can I Use
Of course with this creative medium in your hands, you’ll want to set your gems and stones, but not all gems will survive the firing process without breaking or powdering. Experts suggest that synthetic stones survive the firing process best, as do stones. Stones and Gems must have a Mohs hardness rating of 7 or greater to survive being set in the clay before firing. For more fragile substances such as glass, these items would require addition post firing. In those cases, imbedding a setting for the gem, stone, or glass before firing, will allow placement of the gem or glass piece after firing so that you can use any gems, stones, or glass pieces you want. Here are a few suggestions that would look fabulous set in silver.
For more information on art clay silver and metal clays check out their website artclayworld.com for tips and tricks, and don’t forget to stop by our website for all your bead, stone, glass, and pendant needs.
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