Fine silver in a new way:
Designing with fine silver changed in the early 1990’s when a Japanese company released a new product called metal clay. Thus began a new era for designers and craft lovers.
Fine silver metal clay is pure silver metal which has been pulverized to a powder then combined with non-toxic binders and water. It can be rolled, sculpted, stamped, sanded, engraved, drilled and pre-polished before firing. Once dried it is fired in a kiln, with a torch or on a gas stovetop. During firing the organic binder burns away and the particles of silver metal sinter together returning to a solid metal state of pure (99.9%) fine silver.
Currently this process has now expanded to include copper, bronze, brass, stainless steel and sterling silver. The characteristics of metal clay give designers much latitude for creativity and form. It allows for amazing definition of pattern and design and its light weight is very desirable for large pieces.