My Silver Clay Work
Silver clay is very finely ground pure silver mixed with a non-toxic organic binder. Straight out of the packet it looks and feels like putty and has a consistency much like uncooked pastry dough.
You can mould it, roll it, texture it and cut out shapes like cookie dough. When it’s completely dry, you can fire it in a kiln or with a handheld torch. The organic binder burns off and the piece becomes solid hallmarkable fine (999) silver.
I am a Graphic and Web Designer, Jeweller, Editor and Author.
I’m a passionate designer who graduated in 1991 with a BA (Hons) in 3D Design and I’ve been in the creative design industry ever since. At university I specialised in metals and jewellery design in particular, with a minor study in ceramics.
One of the highlights of my career was being a prominent designer at W. Moorcroft PLC for 8 years and my pieces are still widely found online and in the collections of many Moorcroft fans (under the designer name Sian Leeper).
I was the Editor of a magazine called Making Jewellery for 9 years until its close in Spring 2019. I have also authored 14 books in the craft sector.
I now design websites as Sapphire Blue Web Design. I still enjoy making pieces with metal clay and I occasionally sell my work. I teach at private events when asked and will be teaching at the AMCAW SINTER Conference in 2022.
As a member of AMCAW (Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide) I volunteer as the Web & Tech Committee Chair and also built and maintain their website.
If you would like to talk to me about anything silver clay, or even about websites, contact me via email.