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Arachnoid Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Silver clay is absolutely amazing and what you have done with it here is really wonderful and inspiring. One thing that I find as a barrier to working with silver clay, though- is the lack of a kiln to fire it in. I am wondering about your process and how it is that you found your way to one. Would you be willing to tell the story here of your silver clay making? I would love to learn more about a singular artist's successful journey into the medium...
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I am very happy you like my Silver Clay work!

I actually fire my jewelry pieces in a kiln. I have a Paragon Sentry Express 3.0 that I picked up from a local vendor in Dallas about 10 years ago for I think about $400. I actually invested in it, because I was quite heavily into making art glass beads, and you need to anneal those in a kiln otherwise they are prone to stress fracturing. When I then discovered Silver Art Clay I was really happy to see that the kiln would also serve to fire the clay pieces and to melt glass enamel. Overall it was a bit of an expense, but I've got so much use out of it that I think I can kind of justify what originally felt like a splurge.

The other tool I'm relying on a lot is a Dremel drill with a pen-like extension that allows for very detailed and delicate carving, because a lot of my pieces combine wet initial shaping with finishing once dry.

I've always been fascinated with jewelry making, but I never had the training to take up traditional silversmithing techniques, such as soldering and casting, which of course require their own tools and investment. Clay seemed to me to be extremely versatile, because you can imitate the outcome of casting as well as soldering onto metal sheets, but you don't need a large variety of tools to do it. Being able to shape and sculpt the wet clay or to carve dried pieces allows for a lot of control. The only downside of course is that with traditional casting you can reproduce the same piece over and over whereas with the clay every piece has to be worked individually from scratch, though molds can at least give you an initial shape to start from...
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omegaptera Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
nice stuff=)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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kassandra498 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wonderful gallery! i love everything you've done ;)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am glad you like my art.
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RavenBaubles Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
What an interesting process. I really love your work.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It's a great material!
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keiruze Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
I like that! :D beautiful
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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