Last week, I posted about the magic that is Metal Clay. This week, I'll be sharing three more DIYs that I tried with my clay and today, I'll be showing you just how extraordinary it is. Spoiler: I managed to salvage this:
...in to this:
Grab a cuppa and I'll tell you how.
I am a huge fan of simple, fine jewellery, so I thought I would give this style a go.
This post will be a little more whistle-stop than my previous post, so do give that a read for a more in depth description of the process of Metal Clay.
Start by rolling your clay into a sausage. The clay does tend to dry quickly, so you have to work fast and have a cup of water close by to help prevent cracks or the clay drying out too much:
Keep rolling and working the clay out from either end to make the roll thinner and to
the desired thickness [though this can easily be trimmed a little later]:
I drew a simple template to use to guide my clay:
...and sitting some parchment paper on top, used the template to shape my clay.
To then flatten the clay, I pressed a plastic sheet over the top:
...this caused some of the clay to crack, but this can be easily remidied with a little water and a toothpick to smooth over the clay.
I also used a craft knife to thin the clay and make the lines sharper [and as even as possible]:
As with the hammered effect disc, I dried the clay with a hairdryer for around 20 minutes:
...this revealed a few fine surface cracks, which I knew could easily be sanded away:
I cannot tell you the panic and disbelief as my triangle of clay shattered before me. I was completely ready to write this off, telling myself I had created something too fine, more complicated than I thought and put it all down to experience. However; there is a handy leaflet that outlines the basics of the kit and within that, 'how to mend broken pieces'. OK - let's test you.
After fitting my broken pieces back together, I took a very small amount of metal clay and mixed it with a little water [just a drop at a time] to create a paste. On the end of a toothpick, I then used this as a glue to piece the four clay parts together. Leave to dry and help the process with a hairdryer again. CAREFULLY sand away any excess to reveal....:
...what I could not believe.
You wouldn't have known just half an hour earlier this triangle was in four separate pieces.
Fire, buff and polish away as before to reveal a gorgeous, simple pendant:
Loop through a chain and you have yourself a beautiful piece of jewellery.
[Which, a little earlier, I don't think any of us expected to be the outcome]:
I still can't quite believe this was possible considering it was, at one point, 4 broken fine pieces of clay. My amazement with this continues and I'll be sharing another DIY on Wednesday.
What do you think?
*update: giveaway now closed*
*update: giveaway now closed*
...and you can see what else I made with my metal clay in the same post
- this simple hammered effect disc.
see you next time x