I've been wanting to try "silver clay" for a while now.... It is (from what I have read), 99% silver, in some sort of binder that makes it look and act like clay. It reminded me of "paperclay" when working with it... it starts to dry in the wink of an eye and if you add water to "rehydrate it" a bit, it turns to smoosh!
I found it very stressful to work with, not physically, but mentally.
It's sold by the gram, and I had to mortgage a small dog to get a miniscule amount of the stuff.
It's not like you can say, this isn't going well.... I don't want to play anymore when you have $5.00 worth of clay under your finger nails alone!
So... here we go.
The directions said to make sure the clay was dry before "firing" it. Apparently, if it's not completely dry, you run the risk of it exploding ~ and sending metal bits flying about the place...Didn't sound like much fun. So they sat in my oven for 24 hours. (it's got a pilot light always going that keeps the oven at a gentle 100 degrees or so. (may I note that when we loose power for some reason ~ the oven still works, unlike those stoves with electronic ignition, which is why i insisted on going "old school"....*cough* but i digresss) Once dry (it was noticibly heavier when dry), the stainless steel mesh was put directly on the gas stove burner.
It burns the binder off, and makes a small flame for a few seconds..and then i sort of waited and watched. It said that it would glow a peachy orange from the inside... and when i saw that glow to start timing my "firing". (When I use the other half of the package I will be firing it at night, with the lights off. Daylight makes it near impossible to see the glow or lack there of.) It said you couldn't fire it too long (unless it started to sweat or melt...) so I just waited... after what seemed like forever, I could see it start to look almost gray (like a charcoal briquette)... and sense a glow. When I couldn't stand it anymore, and my face felt sun burned from my near constant inspections of it's glow... I shut the stove off, and this is what I had.
|It looks just like it did when I started? Where the heck is the silver???|
| Then the bunny when on the hot seat.... |
Same drill; much waiting and more watching; the bunny was bigger and thicker.
|So there they are, in their shiny splendor!|
As you can see, I found the silver. You have to use sandpaper, or a wire brush of some sort to remove the white clay residue (or whatever it is).... and then I used my silver jewelry polishing cloth to make them shiny. I can see now how making them smoother to begin with would be helpful.
|Teeny little heart! Lopsided, just like I like them!!|
|And the bunny, nestled into a blossom of my lovely Geranium!|
I am ridiculously proud of them.... and I don't usually say I'm proud of much I do...
But it is just SO COOOOL that I made a little silver rabbit.
He's not perfect, but who is?
I know his ears are a bit wonky.. and his feet are a bit small; but he mostly looks like a baby bunny right?
Next post we can chat about all rabbits ~ both real and imaginary....