When we moved into our new house last March and I set up my basement jewelry studio, I went on an unofficial hiatus from creating with precious metal clay. I’m not sure why, but after a few months, it turned into one of those breaks, similar to when I’ve stopped exercising, that I couldn’t seem to overcome.
I think the cost of the materials has a large role in my reluctance to go all out and make a bunch of pieces. What if they don’t turn out well? What if no one likes them? A few weeks ago, I started to build up the idea of playing with silver clay again, telling myself that there was no point in hoarding unused clay and that I had a perfectly good kiln sitting there just begging to be used. (I had reached this same point earlier in the Spring with my ever growing stash of vintage beads.)
I love working with the precious metal clay because it lets me create one-of-a-kind pendants, charms, clasps – just about anything really – without the complications of learning to cast silver. You can press just about anything with a clean smooth texture into the clay to create an embossed effect. I mold the clay into shapes, let it dry, fire it and then polish.
I’m really happy with how this first batch of new designs turned out. Now that I’ve started playing with clay again, it’s going to be difficult to stop. I have so many ideas churning and can’t wait to turn them all into little wearable works of art.
If you’re a crafter, do you struggle with not wanting to “waste” or use up your favorite materials, especially if they’re irreplaceable? How do you get past it so that you can keep creating?