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Custom Medical ID Medallion

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Medical ID Medallion

Created in this Craftsy Course

Torch-Fired Precious Metal Clay taught by Jenny Vestal

Embrace your inner magpie by creating silver pendants, earrings, buttons and pins in your own kitchen using found objects and affordable tools.

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Category Jewelry
Type Accessory
Style Classic, Traditional, Formal / Bridal, Retro / Vintage
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Who is this project for? Unisex

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What materials did you use? PMC3 silver clay and assorted tools, Butane Micro torch or Kiln, Teresa Collins Polymer Stamp making Gel paks and Stampmaking kit. You can also use Photopolymer plates and a UV manicure light to make your stamps

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What are you most proud of? Taking a medical necessity and turning it into an opportunity for a small luxury instead.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Start with a one sided medallion for sure! One new skill per project is probably enough, that way you can concentrate on your new areas while building on your skills. Advice re photopolymer stamps and plates: Do the test strips, and experiment to find your best exposure times. That being said, don't be afraid to try things you don't know how to do, and don't be afraid of failure. It took me a WHILE to get the hang of making the plates.(the exposure times posted were way too long for my particular set up) so my first project took 13 stamp efforts until I got it right. But once I mastered it, it was smooth sailing.

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beautiful! and Useful! very nice! I have been using the molds for a while.. I love the silver clay but they keep changing the formulas on Going to have to start using PMC instead of the ART because of it..ah well.. :) hope you are well Jean.

07/27/2013 Flag

Hi Jean, Thank you. It's nice to make something special for someone who needs to wear it constantly. I've been using PMC3 for a long time now, and have been really happy with it. I'm in a Craft Guild with folks who swear by Art Clay silver, too, so I think it's finding the one that works for you. Lately I've really gotten into making the polymer stamps like the ones used for this medical ID piece, and it's really expanded my ability to do custom work. Plus they are FUN! :D Hope you are fine, too!

07/30/2013 Flag

Hi Jean, Apparently Art Clay recently rolled all their clays more or less into one formula now, as it responded to what people were using the most. I've just happened into using PMC, I think both are excellent clays. It's just what you are used to.

08/28/2013 Flag

Your work is outstanding! I googled Situs Inversus. First discovered in 1643. What a wonderful way to use your skills to help someone. How did you attach your bale? Was it just by using some water and applying some pressure?

01/20/2014 Flag

I rolled out clay, cut a strip, and then rolled that around a straw and let it dry. After it was dry, I attached it seam side down with some slip. (Slip gives a little stronger hold than just water - it fills all the little nooks and crannies between the pieces, then fuses into solid silver with them as it fires) I cut a little divot in my solderite board to make space for the bail, then when it was fired the piece didn't distort.

01/22/2014 Flag