When I learned that Pam East was going to start teaching at Spruill Arts Center, I decided it was time to take a class in Metal Clay. The only previous experience I'd had in this medium was a one-week workshop at Wildacres with Janet Harriman in 2013 and had thoroughly enjoyed it.
We started out using bronze and copper, and later moved to fine silver. I discovered that Metal Clay is the BEST for textures! You can get deep, dramatic patterns using something called Photo Polymer Plates. Here is the how-to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI_o4VqptI4.
I also discovered it's a friendly medium for 24k gold keum boo. Another benefit is the ability to insert certain gemstones into the earring prior to firing. Only certain stones can take the high temperaturres, so it's important to make sure the gemstones you are using are safe.
Last, I finished up this textured, metal clay pendant with a handmade sterling silver chain.
Metal clay is a whole new medium for me and a great new tool in my toolbox of metalworking skills. There are some experienced metal clay artists out there doing amazing things...Gordon K. Uyehara, Celie Fago and Ivy Soloman to name just a few.