|2 Silver Clay Tortoises and 1 original sculpture|
The last post about the tortoise left you hanging…..... with a mold ready to use! The original sculpture was done with polymer clay and baked. The mold was made with 2 part mold compound and I was concerned about his head and made a second one. Just a note here….the first one was the best!
For those of you not too familiar with silver metal clay, here is a brief description. The clay is made of micro filaments of silver (recycled I understand) and blended with an organic mixture so the clay is malleable. It dries pretty quickly so it is important to work quickly and keep the clay moist.
|Getting the two parts ready|
In the case of my tortoise, I conditioned the clay and pressed it into both parts of the mold and let it dry. Then I removed it from the mold and was anxious to see how the two parts fit together. With a little adjustment they did well! After cleaning the insides and sanding them so that the sides were thinner, I attached top and bottom with wet clay.
|Top and Bottom Attached|
Now I needed to accentuate the design, clean up the rough clay and sand and polish. Since I have two turtles from two molds, I decided to make one as a pendant and one as a ring. For the pendant I drilled small holes for wire to go through the body and for the ring I made a textured band. The clay shrinks so I made the ring 1 ½ sizes larger than my finger.
|Textured ring band|
All ready to fire!