Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My Passion - Fine Silver from Clay

Hours spent in my studio are truly "stolen moments." My typical day goes something like this: up before dawn, do my aerobics, out to the barn, feed the horses, out the door to work by 7:00 am, teach students ALL day, back home to fix dinner, feed the hungry horses again, if any daylight left, ride the horses, then back to the computer to grade tests, papers, etc. Whew.... What did Women's Lib really do for us?? I ask you.... Sigh...

Wanted to share a few sane moments from my studio. Making silver jewelry from clay is truly a labor of love. Each piece begins as a small lump of clay. The clay is composed of silver shavings in a clay base. I form the clay design, add jewels or sterling components, fire the piece in a kiln, where the clay burns off, leaving the silver. I polish, buff, and shine...then, wa-la like magic I have this solid, silver creation! The end product is such a delight! I'm always stunned and elated that such a beautiful, shiny thing can come from such humble beginnings.

And the best part, the final silver piece is a "forever" treasure. Composed of 99.9% silver, each piece can be handed down for generations to come. They truly are heirloom pieces. You will find several examples on our "Items for Sale" pages. I also have a few pieces in my Etsy shop at: lyndacadejewelry.etsy.com

The best thing about making silver jewelry from clay... it is truly therapy for a crazy world.
Warmest regards,
Lynda


9 comments:

FILIGREE MOON said...

Your creations are beautiful! So many steps involved, but the end result is divine! ~ Angela

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

That's just amazing how you create these wonderful works of art. So beautiful! :-)

Hugs,
Anne

yaya chique said...

Hi girls!

Thanks for droppin' by the Yaya! I love silver clay...just wish I had more time to work on it. Have fun and a beautiful creative rest of the week! xo..deb

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I almost took a PMC class this month, but because of other things going on I did not sign up. Found my way here by way of Time Worn Interiors Blog. Will be back and visit when have a little more time.

Old,New and Handcrafted said...

You are one busy lady and a very talented one! I love your creations. Especially the purses.

Patti's Artful Design said...

I was a teacher at one time too.....I remember those hectic days! Your jewelry is absolutely beautiful, Lynda. Thank you for sharing your artistry!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello there!

I am so enchanted by your blog, and I am so glad that you have visited me again! Thank you, thank you for allowing me to come into your world! I love how you open up and tell me about your day and the "stolen moments" in your studio; here, here! I am married to a wonderful man, no children, but I have to steal away the early morning to have time to gather my creative thoughts before my precious gets up and starts the world spinning!!! I see you have horses! YEAH! I am a city girl, but I just love those equines. Kelly from Tea Cups and Ponies is an awesome horsewoman and her pics are just marvelous of her broad of horses. I love your header; I am a crown freak and your lovely vintage goodies just hit the spot!

Please come back again soon!

Anita

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

Oh Wow ..your jewelry making sounds so fun ...How did you learn to make jewelry ..would love you to share on your blog about it ..that is if you want to.

A day in your studio does sound therapeutic ...

Womens Lib ..really got us no where ..except more work ...what were they thinking ??? LOL !!!

Blessings ...Sara

Barbara said...

Your works are truly pieces of art and absolutely beautiful. Thanks for showing. I have added your name to my list of Texas bloggers, hope you will come and visit.

Barbara