My Precious Metal Clay Adventure Begins…

by Dana C Smith.
(Ocean City, MD)

My Precious Metal Clay Adventure Begins by Dana C. Smith  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

BIG fine silver clay ring with lab created gems imprinted with scallop shell motif

I have been pondering my foray into creating with metal clay for over a year…I bought several books by makers last winter, and read and read and read.

So this fall a supremely talented jewelry-maker friend and I decided to wade into this new discipline; we went halfsies on a simple beehive kiln and fine silver clay ( along with some forming supplies).

My Precious Metal Clay Adventure Begins by Dana C. Smith  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

not so big fine silver clay ring with large lab created trillion gem imprinted with herringbone pattern

We were terrified! Neither one of us wanted to use a torch-eek- so electric clay cooking seemed a safer bet!

So, last week, I was the first to take the plunge…massive rings are what I crave to create-with gems-so that’s what I have made to date.

My Precious Metal Clay Adventure Begins by Dana C. Smith  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

view of Big fine silver ring

Gotta say, though the learning curve is steep, I love the results!

Two are pictured here; one broke in the kiln (did I mention the learning curve?), and this silver clay-crazed crafter is bonkers about my burgeoning skills!

My Precious Metal Clay Adventure Begins by Dana C. Smith  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

more Big fine silver ring look

Please judge for yourself…these rings are purposely rustic, and probably need more polishing, but I feel that I have found an exciting new outlet!

It ain’t our old Play-Doh, but even more fun!

Dana C Smith
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  • Fabulous ring designs, Dana! I love the big, bold ring designs and the line texture on the silver. Such a great idea to go halves with a jewelry friend, so you can learn together and make it less of an investment. Thanks for sharing your beautiful debut into this jewelry technique! I hope to see more as you travel deeper into metal clay.

  • Dana C Smith says:

    Thanks so much, Rena! You and JMJ are such an encouraging and stimulating resource! Not to mention a generous outlet for showing off new stuff! I certainly will be posting more metal clay designs; constantly refining and learning. I think I have found my true jewelry calling! Working in precious metal clay enables me to successfully adapt traditional techniques (for which I have not trained). The whole process is amazing; and you get a precious metal object – set with gems (or not) – as the end product.

  • I love the rings you have created. They are beautiful. I would love to learn to do this process but time prevents me, would love to buy them from someone who does have the time. I don’t know if it’s acceptable to post this here. But I have a small boutique in a popular Texas Bed and Breakfast town and I am always looking for unique stuff to offer my customers.

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