basic origami techniques - silver clay

 

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Silver clay is an amazing material not only does it come in a lump clay form, paste and syringe there is also a product called PMC
sheet. It behaves much like a piece of paper or fabric in this simple project Tracey uses basic origami techniques to make an effective design.

 

Tracey is a senior Art Clay instructor, teaching from her own studio and offering demonstrations and courses all over the UK and internationally, she is a regular writer for UK and international jewellery making magazine, and now has just joined the team of guest designers on Jewellery maker TV. She has more than fifteen years teaching experience and delivers with passion and enthusiasm on all her favorite subject of silver Clay.


step 1: Use PMC sheet, this comes in a square sheet or strip the strip measure 12 x 3 cm. Cut the strip a 3cm squares, from
the strip, using a very sharp craft knife metal rule and cutting mat.

 

step 2: Fold the piece in half from edge to edge, on each side then unfold and refold in half from corner to corner diagonally.
This will create the folds as seen in the illustration.

 

step 3: First fold on half again then, push the two sides together to bring all four corners, to meet at the top.

 

step 4: Fold out each of the four spines to create a pocket cone, press firmly to crease the sides ensure the spine meets
the centre line.

 

step 5: Open the pocket cone once again; gently ease the edges towards the centre line. This will need gentle encouragement to fold correctly.

step 6: Repeat this action on all four sides of the pocket cones, if fingers are to big use tweezers but be carful not to pierce the sheet.

step 7: There are two options with this fold to complete, Option one – pinch the centre and fold out the tallest centers to
create petals of a lily, at a few balled head pins in the centre as stamens.

 

step 8: Using a sugar craft daisy centre punch press out a small amount of clay, allow to dry, then sand a little to tidy it up.

 

step 9: Use a very tiny amount of syringe to adhere the centre to the star. Take great care too much water will result in the paper clay beginning to dissolve.

 

step 10: To make a bail cut a very small strip of paper clay 1x0.5cm using a tiny amount of water create a tube and hold till the water bonds the tube together. Secure this to the back of the pendant with a tiny amount of water. Allow the piece to dry toughly before firing in a kiln at 850ºC for 20 minutes.

 

 

 

step 11: Very gently wire brush or use radial discs on a rotary tool to polish the piece to a high shine, once fired use a grit to dull off the corners they can be quite sharp, a quick bath of liver of sulpher will oxidize the piece, use soft cloth to polish to remove the excess patina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials and Tools
1 3x3cm piece of PMC sheet
sharpe craft knife
metal ruler, cutting mat
daisy centre punch
brass bush
files
sanding grits
polishing papers
a little paste or syringe
paper to try the pattern
extra projects… We all made
fortune tellers as children, cut a
square of PMC sheet 3cm square
to make the fortune teller, add
a very tiny amount of syringe
into the centre. Drill a hole for
a jump ring.
Paper windmills make fun
earrings too.
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