Monday, 4 June 2012

Handmade Monday: Copper clay creations

This week I've been messing with copper clay. I once used the silver clay but as the cost of silver started to escalate, making sizeable charms and pendants just became prohibitive. The bronze clay fits much better with my antique bronze phase, but up until recently, it had to be fired in a kiln. So when I saw a starter kit with both bronze and copper clay which could be fired with a gas torch - well, that was my birthday present sorted!

Of course, if you know me well, then you know it's not my birthday yet, so technically the pack should be hidden somewhere unopened. But I never was any good at waiting...

This little heart pendant is my first creation and a collaboration. Not wishing to set the house or district on fire, I persuaded my lovely hubby to operate the gas torch for me. He did a splendid job - no-one's hair was even singed and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. Here it's set on a chain made of mobius flower links and chocolate pearls. As I don't do copper jewellery very often, all the findings had to be hand made from wire, so this is really a labour of love. But there is a lot of satisfaction in thinking that the whole thing started life as a lump of clay, some copper wire and some pearls!

Hope you like the necklace and if you're in the UK are having a lovely extended Bank Holiday weekend.

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