Metal clay is just what it says! It is a clay based product which can be turned into real metal!
Silver Metal Clay was developed by Mitsubishi in Japan in 1990 as a material for craft jewellery makers, it is a combination of three products: fine particles of metal, water and an organic binder or “clay”. It is also an eco-friendly product as it uses recycled particles of metals left over from other factory processes.
Much the same as in pottery, metal clay can be sculpted, carved and moulded to create a design in two or three dimensions. This is then dried out, to remove the water content, and fired with a torch or in a kiln to remove the clay – leaving us with pure metal which can be polished up or gemstones added just like in traditional silversmithing techniques.
The most popular brands are Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and Art Clay Silver (ACS) and there is also a diverse range of other colours of metals available too like; bronze, copper iron and steel – so the creative possibilities are endless!