Saturday, March 1, 2008

My Latest Project - Double Silver Hearts


This fine silver double heart pendant was a special request from a friend. It was quite a challenge. Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to accomplish in this medium. I rolled out a snake of Art Clay Silver and shaped it into a heart. A little slip paste was added to attach the ends. I let dry and sanded, no problem. Attaching the first heart through the second one was the challenge. I ended up supporting the first heart in a clear box lid with a slit and a hole punched out. I created the second heart on top of the lid, added slip paste to attach ends and let dry. After sanding smooth, I torch fired while moving piece with a crochet hook. This is the first time I did two pieces at once and I was afraid they would fuse together, but they turned out well.

One day I may do a tutorial. Our Yahoo metal clay group in my favs does a great job doing all kinds of tutorials on working with metal clay.

4 comments:

TL Sexton said...

I didn't realize this was metal clay! It looks just like real metal. Wow, amazing how far every medium has come. Cute hearts too!

Amor De Plata said...

Yes, it's real metal, actually, .999 fine pure silver. Thank you for the compliments.

Kathi said...

Looks great! The heart is one of my favorite shapes!

I use a fire brick to fuse my fine silver links. They are available at the supply stores. I like it because I am able to create an indentation to hold one part up and keep the pieces seperate so they don't fuse together. I wonder if it will work also for PMC? Here's a photo from my flickr...

http://flickr.com/photos/kathip/652903769/

Let me know if you have any questions. The bricks are about six bucks, depending on where you pick it up.

Amor De Plata said...

Thank you Kathi! The brick will work great.