Friday, 26 February 2016

DIY Jewellery // Hammered Silver Disc Necklace // Metal Clay & GIVEAWAY!

Last weekend, I worked with what can only be described as MAGIC.
Metal Clay.  I didn't know it existed and when metalclay.co.uk contacted me for a collaboration - I couldn't say no.  Clay that turns in to metal? That you fire on a gas hob? I had to see for myself.

So, what do you get? This is the Beginners Kit:
In addition to the kit I had a modelling knife set, firing mesh, circle cutter and pen scriber.
I'd also recommend having a small pot of water, kitchen towel and cocktail stick to hand.

The kits is incredibly comprehensive and it came with a wealth of information - within the kit as well as online - and I read it all.  But it didn't stop me feeling incredibly nervous about using the clay.
There are many reminders to work quickly, have everything you need ready and I was
concerned that as I hadn't used the kit before, I'd not make my items quickly enough.
 Look how scary that is.

I cut off a small section [in my mind I wanted to create 4 pendants, so just divided the clay
 visually in to four to gauge my sizes] and set myself up a rolling station using the two acrylic
 pieces either side of the clay to roll at an equal thickness.  
The look, feel, texture and way the clay works is just like any other clay - easily moulded and rolled.
I used the small circle cutter to make my disc:
Just in case I didn't work quickly enough, I then made a hole at either side of the disc to
create my pendant.  I found the pen scriber great for marking this and then used a cocktail
stick to work through the clay:
Using the pen scriber with the cap on, I used this to make impressions in the clay disc that gave the impression of a hammered disc:
I have to be honest, I still wasn't completely sure how this would turn out.
The next stage is to dry the clay.  With a hair dryer.  As my clay piece was quite small and it was a warm(wish) day, I found 30 minutes on and off enough to completely dry the clay out.

Having previously felt very much like air dry clay, once dried, the clay now had a definite
weight to it - much more like metal.  Now, the clay can be lightly sanded to smooth the edges
 and any imperfections out:
On to the firing.  On your kitchen hob.
We were fully prepared for fire, smoke, flames - but it's actually much more safe than this!
Setting your mesh in place and firing up the hob to heat it up, you place your clay pieces on top and they do go up in flames - just in a very tame and quick fashion!
Fire the clay for 5 minutes and then leave to cool for around 20 minutes.
To ensure the clay is completely cooled, place them in cold water:
At this point, you will notice, your clay piece still look very much like clay.
The weight is there, but I was still unsure how this would turn in to metal...
Using the brush, the white clay exterior is slowly removed, revealing a matt silver in its place.
It is genuine magic before your eyes.
You can keep your piece with the matt silver finish, however, I wanted a polished look, so lightly sanded the disc and then with the cloth, created a high-sheen polished finish:
Now to add this as a piece of jewellery.
Using pliers to help, I added my pendant to a gold necklace [I quite like the combination of gold
 and silver] and my necklace - that I made MYSELF - was completed!
What do you think?  I am so pleased with the result - if you have worked with air dry clay, clay or Fimo - you'll find this process very similar.  If not - you have to give it a try.

I have three more tutorials [sneaky peek above] to share with you, including how to mend broken pieces, create different finishes and how to create your own jewellery based on templates.

GIVEAWAY! *update: now closed!*
CONGRATULATIONS CHESSY ALDEN!

Fancy trying this out for yourself?
Metal Clay have offered a lucky reader a Basic Beginners Kit & 7g Silver Clay!
Have a go yourself - what would you make?
There are three ways you can enter, each earning you one entry!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!
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26 comments

  1. I would make my daughter a necklace

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  2. I would give it to my friend, she loves to make necklaces and bracelets. She's way better at crafts than me and I love finding her new kits to try, they make her happy. ^_^

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  3. I think I would see if I could make Batman symbol

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  4. Having paid someone else quite a lot of money to make silver clay pendants with my daughters' fingerprints in, I think I'd try doing my niece's for my sister. I love the G you made!

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  5. Would really love to have a go at metal clay - think I'd start with a simple circle pendant too! Fab tutorial.

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  6. It looks so professionally made! Great job!

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  7. Wow, that looks crazy handsome! I would probably attempt to write out a name or a fancy word for a necklace pendant. Also: I wonder, would it work to stick a crystal of some sort into this, before it dries?

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  8. I would make something for my lovely daughter to cheer her up as her course is really really tough.

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  9. I would like to make some pendants and some charms. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  10. I really like the letter you made, so I think I would try something similar (although it does seem a bit daunting to work with the silver clay straight off - so maybe a practice with some air dry clay to get the design right first).

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  11. I'd make an elephant pendant - love them :)

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  12. I would make a cat pendent, meaoooooww.

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  14. I'd make a simple initial letter in memory of my friend who recently died of cancer.

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