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Hammered Silver Keychain

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Torch-Fired Precious Metal Clay taught by Jenny Vestal

Create one-of-a-kind jewelry thatís uniquely you! Use stunning precious metal clay to make affordable silver pendants, earrings, buttons and more!

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Category Jewelry
Type Accessory
Style Preppy, Traditional
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Who is this project for? Unisex

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What materials did you use? PMC3 Silver clay, sterling silver key ring and sterling jump ring, letter stamps, torch

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What are you most proud of? The fact that this is a 'lifetime' item, and will be used and treasured for a long time.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Well, for this project I wanted a really hefty key fob so I rolled my clay 8 cards thick. I suggest imprinting your monogram BEFORE you cut out your oval....that way all you have to do is get the letters straight, and you don't have to worry about fitting them inside the oval. I used rubber letter stamps to make the impressions, and a needle tool with a plastic ovals template to cut out the shape. Be sure to hold your needle tool vertically so you don't get a 'bevel' on your edges. After firing, I added a hammered texture for a pretty shimmer. Try to make your letters nice and deep so they don't fade away when you add the hammered finish. If you do this project with a torch, I would suggest firing for 4 or 5 minutes to make sure your silver is good and fused. If you can't do it all at one go, that is fine. Fire two minutes, take a rest, then bring it up to your salmon glow and fire again. I've watched this piece in use for a few months now, and it is taking on a lovely patina from being used and knocked around by life. These kind of pieces just get better and better the longer they are used and handled.

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Hi Jenny! What is the size of the fished fob and what size letters did you use? Did you patina to add the depth to the letters? Thanks!

01/25/2014 Flag

Hi Howard, I used a 1 and 3/8 long oval template to cut it, and the letters are 5/8" tall. The keyring is a 28mm sterling split ring I got from Rio Grande.

01/31/2014 Flag

Howard - I did use patina. I took a very fine brush and painted BlackMax into the letters. You can get that at Rio Grande also.

01/31/2014 Flag