I thought you may like to see this process.
Today I'm creating silver charms using precious metal clay (PMC).
PMC is a combination of pure silver and an organic binder.
The charm is first created using the white metal clay, then left to dry completely.
Sometimes I carve images or words into the clay. This time I used stamps.
Next, I load the charms into my handy dandy kiln.
They will be fired for 20 minutes at 1200 degrees. During this time, the organic binder is burned away leaving .999% pure silver. (Sterling silver is .975)
After firing and cooling.
The charms are white because of the residue that's been left behind.
Nothing my brass brush can't take care of.
I use a brass brush and a little soap and water to brush away the residue.
The is my first real peek at the silver piece. Right now it's
a rough piece of silver, but not for long!
I'll start with my polishing papers which, I know, look pretty sad.
Note to self: buy new polishing paper.
Like sandpaper, the papers go from coarse to extra fine, six in all.
Still looking pretty rough, isn't it?
Hold on, not finished yet.
After I've polished the silver, I dip it into my smelly concoction of
liver of sulfur, which instantly ages the silver. EW!
I break my polishing papers back out and it finally begins to look like something.
Finished! I'll call this one "Life is Rough"
Now, I'll quit goofing off and get back to the studio.
Finished jewelry coming up shortly!