by Dana C Smith.
(Ocean City, MD)
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).
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.
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!
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