The Process

This page is to explore the processes of creating Precious Metal Clay pieces. This is the study of Irises. 

The first step is finding a stone that speaks to you. This is a floral jasper stone. When Jo saw this stone, it made her think of Irises. 

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Once Jo has an idea, she starts sketching. Here are her sketches of Irises. 

Then she creates a model of the sketches with the clay

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The next step is creating a frame for the Jasper stone, as well as the details that will go on the frame. 

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This is what the frame looks like after is has been fired, but before it's been polished. 

This the final piece after its been sculpted, fired and polished

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While making masks with various tie dye fabric, Jo found inspiration to create a Precious Metal Clay piece featuring fish. 

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After finding inspiration, Jo sketched the fish and made a pattern for the fish and waves out of plastic. 

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Using the plastic pattern, Jo forms the piece in clay. 

This is sculpting the clay to add more detail. 

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After being fired in the kiln, Jo polishes the piece and adds a pivot point so the piece spins. 

The final piece in action

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My inspiration for this piece is tracery often used around stained glass windows.

Initial sketches of the piece. 

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Transferring the sketches and carving the mold

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The completed molds (left)

Testing the molds (right)

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Molded PMC (precious metal clay) with inset lab created Sapphires ready for finishing.

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Fired PMC with anitiqing

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Balancing the focal piece

Final Piece Front (L) and Back (R)

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