Metal clay is a marvellous medium!! It is so versatile and very accessible - you can start out with the minimum amount of tools and improvise a lot! If you want to learn jewellery making this is an excellent way to start. Have a look at my Workshops page for more information :D
I work mostly in silver clay and I absolutely love it!! I make lots of jewellery but also love creating cute fun critters in bronze clay. Occassionally I stray into the more ultilitarian world of tiny bowls and spoons, but always with a dash of joyfulness!!
The main clay I work with is Art Clay Silver. So what exactly is it you may ask? Silver in a clay form! Magical stuff!! It's made from finely powdered recycled silver mixed with water and non-toxic binders and is worked like a clay. I use it to create wonderful unique pieces with fine details and intricate textures. Once dried and finished to a high standard each piece is fired in a kiln at 800°C to burn away the binders which allows the powdered silver to sinter into solid pure fine silver which can be hallmarked.
Enamelling is an art which is centuries old. Powdered glass is fused onto precious metals at high temperatures in the kiln to create a durable coloured finish. I use transparent enamels in my jewellery so the silver can shine through the rich colours.
I am a Craftsman of the Guild of Enamellers and I love teaching people how to enamel! I have developed my own technique - Enamelled Accents - where jewel like colours are captured by fine silver wires on the surface of a piece to give a freestanding cloisonne effect. If you want to learn how to enamel get in touch!
Enamelling allows me to add colour and depth to my work. By using silver clay to make my pieces and then enamelling them I make original jewellery which is unlike commercial high street jewellery.
Unique pieces for unique people.
Hallmarking - your assurance of quality
All items of silver which weigh more than 7.78 grams have to be hallmarked to be legally sold as silver in this country. I am registered with the Assay Office in London. Items are sent to them to test the purity of the silver. They then stamp the piece with the registered makers mark, the fineness of metal mark (normally 999 for my fine silver pieces) together with the Leopards Head for London and the date letter for the year. My unique makers mark is my initials JF inside a rectangle.