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Tree of Life

About this design:

So I made a bunch of silver pendants quite a while ago. Then I wanted to learn wire wrapping and put aside my precious metal clay. I've decided to actually use what I've made! I made this pendant from precious metal clay and is sterling silver. I fired a stone in it, it was interesting because when I placed the stone it was clear but the heat turned it black. I like how it worked out. Trying to decide if I ought to keep this one or try to sell it.

Components:

Sterling silver wire (18 gauge), single fire PMC sterling silver, Amazonite Blk. Tourmaline from LB

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  1. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Beautiful necklace Khristin! That black stone was meant to be there. My vote is to keep it-its special! But only you know the sentiment behind piece!It’s very pretty and indeed has meaning for you!

  2. BevB
    BevB says:

    I agree with Robin. It is a beautiful necklace.

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Beautiful Khristin. I love your pendant. I have no idea how to use metal clay. Is it fired in a kiln?

  4. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Great choice of gemstone to use with your PMC pendant. I like the varying color in the Amazonite with the Tree of Life. The inset stone looks great. It’s nice to get back to work we set aside–somehow I find it more refreshing to revisit it after some time away.

  5. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    I say, “Keep it!” … lovely piece!

  6. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Such restful colors to go with your beautiful pendant! I’m especially intrigued by the silver coils. Were these made to cover the crimp beads by any chance? Love this detail!

  7. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    Thank you! You guys are so wonderful. I have many more PMC pieces I need to address. Especially since I am not working this year!

    BLE you can fire it in a kiln or torch fire it. Some varieties are kiln fire only though. Metal clay is very fine metal powder mixed with organic binder and resembles pottery clay, even some air dry clay. You shape it, then let it dry. After that you do any fixing like sanding and smoothing. After that you fire it. When it gets hot enough it catches fire and the organic binder burns off. Then it continues to heat. Once it gets to proper temp (I fire by color meaning I judge temp by the color of the metal) you hold it for a period of time. At which point the metal particles fuse. If it gets too hot it will melt. Then you just finish it with more polishing and sanding and whatever else you need to do.

    FB, yes! I always try to hide the crimps because I want the entire piece to be esthetically pleasing, at least for my taste that is. So I make coils to hide them.

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks Khristin for the informative description. Sounds like fun – and look at what you made. Just great. Clever way to cover the crimps.

  9. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    I love your necklace and your PMC pendant!! I really like how you did the ends. I would also say keep it…I never keep anything I’ve made and often wish I had.

  10. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    Perhaps you may wish to wear it for awhile and then decide. It is so lovely and special!
    Merilee xo

  11. kye
    kye says:

    I would definitely want to keep this. It’s just gorgeous. The stone in the tree of life pendant worked out great. That’s what’s fun about opening a kiln. You’re never quite sure what you will see. Fire is so mysterious. Using the coils to hide the crimps is very cool and effective.

  12. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    You guys are so wonderful thank you for the wonderful compliments! I’ve been wearing it for a couple of days. I may keep it. It feels soothing to wear!

  13. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Wow its beautiful, so im curious is that sterling pmc easy to use?

  14. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    Thank you Lynn! Sorry I’m about to nerd out to answer your question! It’s pretty easy to work with, there’s a few rules to using it though. Also, I’m a little limited only because I don’t use a kiln, they’re expensive, can be temperamental, husband won’t let me have a small space in the garage… So I am only able to work with varieties that don’t require a kiln. The single fire sterling PMC is actually a fairly new variety, only a couple of years old, while single fire (also called torch fired) fine silver (99.9% pure) has been around a bit longer. When I fire my pieces I usually use a Speedfire Cone. It’s a cone (I believe asbestos) and it sits on a burner that you can attach to either a propane tank or one of the smaller Coleman camping propane tank. This cone then has a metal mesh that you place your pieces on to fire it. The cone is great because even though I can fire a piece by torch in a couple of minutes, it’s a pain and not as user friendly. Using a torch is fine and I sometimes do, but, you have to be more careful and you can only do 1 at a time. Plus, with the cone you can hold the piece at firing temp for longer making sure it’s well fired.

    Sorry I know that was really long and I geeked out but wanted to answer you fully.

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Such a great explanation Khristin. I have watched a few videos on enameling and found that very interesting. It sounds like your setup is similar to enameling.

  16. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love the colors in the beads. They look great with the pendant and add just enough color to enhance and not detract. As for keeping and wearing it you really should as long as you like then if you get tired of wearing it sell in but I can’t imagine getting tired of it.

    I know zip about using PMC so thanks for the information. Did you use a mold to make the design?

    Back in the dark ages when I was teaching art in elementary school I had a small kiln for school use that cost about $100. The last time I saw the price of kilns of the same size I nearly fainted. Talk about inflation….500%+!

  17. J Cossin
    J Cossin says:

    I love Amazonite! Beautiful!!

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