I treated myself to a spot of metal clay play recently. This is the first time I've had a good play with the materials since my day-course last year.
I bought a few bits straight after the course full of motivation and enthusiasm, well life happened and I never quite got round to it. Whilst the metal clay material is pliable and relatively easy to manipulate into a design its flaw is that it can be over handled and can start to dry and crack quickly.
So I locked the men (big and small) out of the vicinity I set out to play. Having created my ideas in blue-tac I opened the Silver Clay and made a couple of charms for necklaces or charm bracelets, I'm pretty happy with the results. So simple but so effective.
I really love the clean sharp lines on the surface of the metal and how the pattern is given more depth as light is shined on it.
I made some other bits and pieces which I'm still firing and soldering...so watch this space for another metal clay update soon.
If you would like to work with metal clay I set out a little information in a previous post. Do let me know if you have a go and how you get on.