Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Foray into Silver Metal Clay

The Pittsburgh Etsy Team hosts workshops as often as possible to allow the members to learn from each other. The last of these workshops I attended was a silver metal clay workshop, hosted by Lynne, of Charmed By Nature.

From a drab, light gray lump of clay, I was able to make the wings above but pressing a brass stamping into the clay and cutting out around the design. The clay is a low firing version, so it's able to be baked in a regular oven and fired over a stove burner to finish it. A few more steps are involved, which I'll leave to the instructor, should she wish to hold future classes on the topic.

The workshop was fun and informative. Lynne is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor which makes her workshops all the more fun and worthwhile.

She'll be teaching an upcoming Polymer Clay workshop through the Pittsburgh Craft Collective and I can't wait to see what she inspires her students to make next.

My wings, as a brooch, with a brown doll eye added.