This class was meant for people with no experience, and we were going to make a simple stamped silver pendant (or earrings). I told them to think about what they wanted to make first. The clay dries out rather quickly, so you have to have a plan. That doesn't mean that you can't change your mind in the middle of it, but a plan helps.
Everyone had fun looking at all the stamps and textures I had brought, trying to decide which they wanted to use and how.
|Picture by Melodie Koher|
The next week, after I took the pieces home and fired them in the kiln, everyone got their pieces back. They had shrunk slightly, and were white, not silver. A little brushing with soapy water though quickly revealed the silver under the white residue. Then we got to experiment with a liver of sulfur patina. We got some great colors, and everyone liked their patina so much, for the most part, they didn't want to remove any of it.
Here is a look at the finished pieces of my students:
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