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5 Top Tips for a high shine polish

5 Top Tips for a high shine polish

How to achieve a high shine polish by hand on Silver ClayI am often asked by my students how to achieve a high shine polish on a piece of silver clay. Now for many people, it comes as a surprise that a mirror finish is possible on a piece of silver clay, but it is.And...

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My experiences with FS999

My experiences with FS999

FS999 My adventures and findings with different brands of Silver Clay - this blog talks about FS999. Recently, I gave myself a wee challenge. I was going to push past my comfortable relationship with the well-known brands of PMC and ACS and see what the other brands...

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Prometheus 999

Prometheus 999

Working with Prometheus 999 As some of you may be aware, I set my self a little challenge a wee while ago. I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and explore some different types of silver clay other than the big brands of Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and Art Clay...

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FYI 999

FYI 999

FYI 999 My adventures and findings with different brands of Silver Clay - this blog talks about FYI 999. Recently, I gave myself a wee challenge. I was going to push past my comfortable relationship with the well-known brands of PMC and ACS and see what the other...

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Do I need a tumbler for my silver clay?

Do I need a tumbler for my silver clay?

Do I need a tumbler for my silver clay?Since I’ve been teaching silver clay a number of years now, I do get the odd repeat question 😉 A lot of people see the kiln and ask do I need a kiln? And for that you can go to my blog post and read what I think here. But another...

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How much silver clay do I need?

How much silver clay do I need?

How much silver clay do I need? This is a great question – especially when you’re a newbie to silver clay. Because the choice of silver clay out on the market today can be head spinning! How much silver clay do I need for the project I want to make? But as with most...

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Silver Clay and Hallmarking

Silver Clay and Hallmarking

Silver Clay & Hallmarking  IntroductionThe tradition of hallmarking in the UK goes back to the 1300s; it was the early safeguard for any purchaser of precious metals to know that what they were buying was the real deal. This is a tradition that continues to this...

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Different types of Silver Clay explained

Different types of Silver Clay explained

Different Types of Silver Clay explained I was teaching this weekend and as I always do, I was chatting to my students before we got down to the nitty gritty of making beautiful jewellery with silver clay. And one thing that came out loud and clear was the confusing...

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Textures For Silver Clay and where to find them

Textures For Silver Clay and where to find them

Where to find textures for Silver Clay Silver clay is truly a very versatile medium. One of the best things about it, is that it takes texture really well. It’s a lot easier to apply texture to clay than it is to sheet metal for example, with no heavy tools or...

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Lost your mojo? Creativity disappeared?

Lost your mojo? Creativity disappeared?

Creativity, now there’s a loaded word. Do you find it daunting, fun, upsetting, inspiring….GONE? I must tell you – last year was a bitch of a year. I think most of you know, if you read my emails that there was a lot of things that went wrong for me and it did knock...

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Top tips for buying a kiln

Top tips for buying a kiln

My top tips for buying a kiln Well if you’ve made the decision to go ahead and buy a kiln, then you might be wondering what you need think about when choosing a kiln for Silver Clay firing.Here are some of my top tips for buying a kiln; things you need to consider. I...

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Buying a kiln for firing Silver Clay

Buying a kiln for firing Silver Clay

Buying a kiln for firing Silver Clay ‘Emma, should I buy a kiln?’ This is a question a lot of my students ask me. And it’s one that they ask me kinda dreading the answer, because most of us know that kilns are a considerable investment, even the smaller ones can come...

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Practise Makes Perfect

Practise Makes Perfect

Practise makes perfect, isn’t that what they say? I admit it, I can be a nagging mum! I find myself repeating 'But darling you need to practise to get better.' My little girl is just at the point of reading fluently now. However when she started Primary 3, she was...

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Sterling Silver Clay – Part 2

Sterling Silver Clay – Part 2

Sterling Silver Clay – Firing In my last blog I covered what I thought was so great about working with sterling silver clay, now for the not so great news. As with all things, there are considerations you should be aware of as well as concessions you may need to make....

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Sterling Silver Clay – Part 1

Sterling Silver Clay – Part 1

Sterling Silver PMC What’s the deal with Sterling Silver clay? The upside There was a time, granted it was a few years ago, where it was considered impossible to have a commercially available Sterling Silver Clay. Since 2012 Mitsubishi – the manufacturers of Precious...

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7 Top Tips for handfiring Silver Clay

7 Top Tips for handfiring Silver Clay

Top Tips for handfiring Silver ClayWhen you are new to Silver Clay, hand firing any item with a butane torch can seem a bit daunting. In fact it’s what some of my students worry about the most. The fact is it does take a wee bit of practise to get proficient at...

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There’s no waste with Silver Clay

There’s no waste with Silver Clay

Silver Clay - What's to love?There is no waste.Yes, you read that right. There’s no waste when using Silver Clay. I realise that sometimes when you are presented with that little packet of Silver Clay and you go to open it, it’s a sobering thought… What if I make a...

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Top tips for storing Silver Clay once opened

Top tips for storing Silver Clay once opened

Working with Silver Clay Top tips for storing Silver Clay after opening One of the common things that concerns my students is, what do I do when I haven’t used all my clay? Will it dry out? Well the quick answer is yes, it will dry out if you don’t take some simple...

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Why I love Silver Clay – Number 1 Accessibility

Why I love Silver Clay – Number 1 Accessibility

Silver Clay - What's to love? When I was thinking about blog subjects to cover 30 days, I have to admit I was a little bit daunted. But when I started to break it down, I realised that I had a whole load of information in my head and especially if it I take the...

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Starting out with Silver Clay – which tools do I need?

Starting out with Silver Clay – which tools do I need?

Starting Silver Clay on a budget? One of the biggest concerns when starting out with a new hobby or craft is – how much is this going to cost and how much room will it take up? Very likely your partner / roommate / children / flat mate is  sick of falling over your...

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Creativity! What’s stopping you?

Creativity! What’s stopping you?

Do you think you are creative? Now I am a great believer in the creative spirit of human beings. I believe wholeheartedly in the fact that the human race is intensively creative – how else could we be here, sitting on our computers, reading Facebook, looking at cat...

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What is Silver Clay? Pt 2

What is Silver Clay? Pt 2

What is Silver Clay Pt 2Following on from the last blog where we discussed the different brands of Silver Clay and the different types of silver (Sterling, Fine and Britannia), I thought it might be a good idea to break down what type of Silver Clay there...

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What is Silver Clay?

What is Silver Clay?

What is Silver Clay? Silver Clay represents a dramatic development in the handling of precious metals. Silver Clay consists of microscopic particles of silver or gold suspended in an organic binder to create a pliable material with a consistency similar to...

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Your fabulous freebie!

Your fabulous freebie!

Fantastic Silver Clay Earrings! Perfect for a beginner? When I was wracking my brains as to what project I could offer to those wonderful peeps who wanted to have a wee shot of silver clay and a wee shot of what the Silver Clay School had to offer, I had...

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Welcome to Silver Clay School!

Welcome to Silver Clay School!

Welcome to my first blog at Silver Clay School! Thank you so much for joining me and taking the time out of your busy day to read! So I thought about this blog and wondered what I should write about. And the question I want to answer is Why Silver Clay...

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