Updated: Feb 27
I love working with silver clay. It is an incredibly versatile form of silver to use as it can be moulded, textured and carved in the same way as any other clay. It's also able to be formed into pastes, sheets and used in syringes. Once formed and dried, the pieces can then be fired until the clay binder burns away and the particles of silver sinter together. In this way silver clay produces real silver jewellery - jewellery which can be hallmarked according to its fineness - sterling (92.5%) or fine (99.9%) silver.
"I particularly love the fact that the silver in silver clay is reclaimed silver"
I particularly love the fact that the silver in silver clay is reclaimed silver - made from the silver reclaimed from photographic materials. The binder that it's made into a clay with is a simple, non-toxic material that burns off harmlessly. In this way, silver clay is an ethically produced and ecologically friendly material.
I enjoy taking a lump of this clay and turning into something beautiful - taking my inspiration from the natural world around me and transforming the amorphous lump into a permanent, precious silver tribute to that world. Each piece is individually handmade by me and so is as individual as each leaf and texture that inspired it.
"a treasured piece of jewellery for someone who also loves nature and the beauty of the natural world"
I make each piece in the hope that it will become a treasured piece of jewellery for someone who also loves nature and the beauty of the natural world.