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• My Guide: Saving Clay – Using 925 Sterling Silver As A Base Instead Of Fine Silver Metal Clay

My Guide: Saving Clay – Using 925 Sterling Silver As A Base Instead Of Fine Silver Metal Clay

I think I am not the only person who always tries new ideas and ways to include an affordable, yet luxurious alternative to fine or pure silver metal clay. After all, Fine 999 Silver metal clay is expensive. I had a stock of some 925 Sterling Silver connector/ blanks and thought they’d be a new idea.

The piece features a 925 Sterling Silver blank as the base for this pendant, which I decorated with Fine 999 Silver, a swirl of hammered 925 Sterling Silver wire and Paua Shell cabochon.

After it was fired I noticed that it had a great deal of dark fire scale, which took a lot of scrubbing and cleaning.

After sanding, firing, buffing, polishing, waxing and mounting the Abalone Shell cabochon:

I think that I would use this idea in the future, but I will plan the type of background material I use to ensure the following key points:

  1. The final product will be of the best quality
  2. It will shine and the final look has no tarnish/ fire scale remaining
  3. That I consider *how* to ensure that the metal clay added sinters or attaches correctly to the base and looks of a high standard

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This entry was posted on October 16, 2017, in Art Projects.

• Commission a painting by Laura H Elliott from the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’

Commissions Are Always Welcomed

I am always delighted to create commissions, as I see each piece as a collaboration, which creates a personalised and truly unique final painting.

How do I place a commission order?

I am represented by a highly experienced gallery, called Degree Art, London, UK

My gallery link is below: https://degreeart.com/artists/laura-h-elliott

Their team can coordinate with you and we can begin the commission process:

Please contact Isobel Beauchamp (Director of Degree Art) on Isobel@DegreeArt.com or call one of their Art Advisors on 020 8980 0395.

Tell her my name, Laura H Elliott and the artwork that inspires you. The Degree Art team can then explore ideas such as: size, any of my art you love, colour scheme of your home or project and then the commission process starts.

What can I expect?

All my artworks are available for commission with Degree Art Gallery, who represent my work as a professional artist and have extensive experience.

I have been selling my work since 2006 and every artwork is of the highest standard. I have never had a return and every artwork is painted on a high quality canvases by either Loxley or Winsor Newton.

Every artwork is hand signed with my initials LHE, as below:

Inspiration from the collection, so far:

Shown below is a slide show for inspiration from my portfolio of paintings in the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’:

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Are there different paint effects?

Yes, every painting contains a unique combination of effects, with each effect adding a dimension to the final painting. Should you like any effects, they can be added to your commission:

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Feedback From Commission:

Type: Painting Commission

Location: New York, USA

“I recently purchased a beautiful piece of art from Laura Elliott. Not only was the piece exactly what I wanted, but Laura handled the whole transaction very flawlessly. I was looking around for something colourful and luckily stumbled upon this website. I saw something I loved but when inquired about purchasing it, Laura told me it was already sold. That certainly didn’t stop the search and Laura quickly responded saying she could paint one like that if I was interested and I could even choose the colours.

The next few interactions with Laura involved choosing colours and getting a proof of the painting before I had to commit. Paying was very simple through Pay Pal and we managed to come to a financial arrangement that fitted my budget. The painting was couriered as soon as my payment had gone through and it arrived within a few days. The whole transaction was dealt with very professionally and was very simple. Laura is an enthusiastic and energetic artist who has a passion for what she does. I could feel this through the friendly and personal e-mails we exchanged while she was painting my special piece.

Thank you Laura.”


See more about my work at:

I am represented by a highly experienced gallery, called Degree Art, London, UK

My artwork gallery link is below:

https://degreeart.com/artists/laura-elliott

To read more customer feedback:

https://laurahelliott.wordpress.com/customer-feedback/

Contacting Laura H Elliott BA (Hons)


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• Commission Your Own ‘Landscape Gems Collection’ Design

Commission a ‘Landscape Gems Collection’ design of your own with Laura H Elliott BA (Hons)


What Does A Commission Offer and How Are They Presented?

Every ‘Landscape Gems’ design created by Laura H Elliott is like a presentation and not just a design.

I have been selling my work since 2006 and every design is of the highest standard. All my designs are available in Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay for commission with Degree Art Gallery, who represent my work as a professional artist and have extensive experience.

All of my silver designs are legally hallmarked by the Goldsmiths Assay Office, London.

  • Taylor made, hand-crafted from Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay
  • Every design features 100% genuine gemstones ethically and personally sourced by Laura H Elliott BA (Hons)
  • Other features in the designs include 925 Sterling Silver and Vintage Watch Parts

  • Every design is presented in a complimentary, beautiful velvet gift box, which is the perfect way to present each piece.

  • A complimentary 18 inch chain

  • An anti-tarnish strip to keep your work perfect

  • All silver pieces made from or with fine 999 silver and/or 925 sterling silver are legally hallmarked by the Goldsmiths assay office, London

  • Every silver design comes with a beautiful hallmarking card from the Goldsmiths Assay Office London
  • There is a card certificate for every piece detailing each designs mediums (materials in the design) and the gemstones featured

How Do I order a Commission: A Step-by-Step Guide:

1) Select Your Designs:

Look through a selection of designs and note down the name displayed at the bottom of the image:

2) Select Your Gemstone(s) of Choice:

The key feature in every design is, of course, the genuine gemstone(s). There are hundreds of types of gemstones, which come in every colour in the rainbow. However, the typical choices are often focussed on three key points:

  • Colour preferences
  • Birthstone or Zodiac gemstones
  • Gemstones that are collected by each person, such as the top 4 precious gemstones: Sapphire, Ruby, Diamonds, Emeralds

If you have a gemstone you would perfer or would like to gift in your commission, please do not hesitate to ask. This can include sought after gemstones that could be sourced/ selected from stock include:

  • Tanzanite,
  • Paraiba or Cuprian Tourmaline,
  • Spessartite Garnet

The gemstones below are a selection you can chose from:

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3) Contact My Representative Gallery Degree Art, London, UK:

I am represented by a highly experienced gallery, called Degree Art, London, UK.

All my designs are available in Fine 999 Silver/ 925 Sterling Silver for commission with Degree Art Gallery, who represent my work as a professional artist and have extensive experience.

I have been selling my work since 2006 and every design is of the highest standard. All of my silver designs are legally hallmarked by the Goldsmiths Assay Office London.

My gallery link is below:

https://degreeart.com/artists/laura-h-elliott

Their team can coordinate with you and we can begin the commission process:

Please contact Isobel Beauchamp (Director of Degree Art) on Isobel@DegreeArt.com or call one of their Art Advisors on 020 8980 0395.

Tell her my name, Laura H Elliott and the artwork that inspires you. The Degree Art team can then explore ideas such as:

Tell them which designs in my ‘Landscape Gems Collection’ you love,
Preferred colour of the gemstones featured…

….and then the commission process starts.


Please Note:

All of my silver designs are legally hallmarked by the Goldsmiths Assay Office London. This process takes between 7-14 days.

These gemstones have been personally and ethically sourced from around the world by Laura H Elliott over the years.

Carat weights stated are ‘average total gemstone weights’ (ATGW).


Commission Feedback:


“Having seen Laura’s work at an exhibition in London, I commissioned Laura to create 2 pendant pieces of jewellery to include birthstones. She was very happy to help and very professional, producing 2 stunning original pieces. They were packaged well and arrived safely. I would highly recommend Laura’s bespoke metal clay jewellery to anyone looking for a special piece of original artwork”

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Dated: 21st April 2017

Lesley Oldaker was a direct commission client Landscape Gems Collection jewellery of metal clay designer Laura Elliott BA (Hons).


Customer Feedback and Recomendations:

I have over 10 years working as both an artist and curator and have references, which can be viewed by clicking here.


About the ‘Landscape Gems Collection’:

“My love of clay was discovered at the age of 14, exploring the endless possibilities of earthenware clay, enhanced with glazes, textures and glass.

It was in 2012 when I discovered the fresh, up and coming medium of metal clay in: Fine 999 Silver, Copper and bronze. Step by step I began to explore the possibilities of this medium and after 2 years of development it transformed into the body of work I now call the ‘Landscape Gems Collection’.

When fired, an elegant transformation takes place, turning each design from the pliable clay into solid metal designs. Each piece is sculptural and unique, which often include an unusual mix of high quality gemstones along side beautiful elements, such as glass, enamel, vintage watch parts or even bolts and screws.

This series was given new momentum when I exhibited my collection at The Royal College of Art with Flux exhibition in December 2015. Since this date, my designs have adapted into a series of ever changing mini sculptures and I have not looked back since.”


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• My Guide: Agate Burnishers With Metal Clay

My Guide: Agate Burnishers With Metal Clay

The one thing that I was slow to realize the benefits of Agate burnishers to finish each design and bring a mirror shine, should you wish. The pictures below shows a great starter Agate burnisher to pick:

There are all manner of carved designs you can select to get into every designs corners and spaces:

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• My Guide: My Basic Tool Kit For Metal Clay

My Guide: My Basic Tool Kit For Metal Clay

My experience in metal clay has been a fun, steep learning curve and over time I have gathered tools to help. I wrote this guide to help you learn from my experience, to share ideas and places to source products (listed at the end).

Please note: Health and Safety precautions must be taken to protect yourself and others during use and storage of any tools and clay you use or have in stock.


1) Clay:

You need to chose which metal clay you wish to focus on. I advise silver metal clay, though this is a more expensive, due to the ease of use and success rate. I advise trying:

Art Clay Silver 7g (shown below)

There are three types of metal clay products:

  • Clay: Slabs weighed in grams

  • Syringe: Clay with added water which adds a flow and you can use itto stick clay together, dot or place clay in lines or swirls

  • Paste: This is a cross between slab clay and syringe clay, which gives it the ability to build thicker layers and details


2) Basic tools to start creating designs with metal clay?

Simple tools are needed and these are as follows:

* Teflon Mats: A4 and smaller mats to dry designs on

* Cutters: Round, Square, Oval, Rectangle. I recently came accross a fantastic mini round set of cutters called ‘Tubey Cutters by Joy Funnel’ which I bought from Metal Clay UK (link at the end).

* Balm: A product that reduces sticking, sometimes called ‘Badger Balm’ featuring lavender or olive oil.

* Hard Clear Plastic Rollers: These rollers are best to be clear plastic, because you can easily see what you are doing through the roller.

* Rolling Slats: The original method used to control how thickly you roll the metal clay in Japan was by using playing cards. I find they are fiddly and so I invested in a set of plastic strips at different thicknesses, as shown below:

* Water Pen: This is a perfect tool to add water in a controlled manner from the water storage part, into the bristles. I also find this useful to smooth edges and to stick layers gently together.

* Carving Tools: These tools enable you to handle clay, gently stick layers and edges. I use a set which are used for wax carving, but perfect for metal clay as well.

* Tissue Blades: I use one that is inflexible and one that is bendable.

* Mist Spray: This is a small mister spray that creates a light, fine mist of tap water.

* Tupperware Containers: I use a lock tight Tupperware container once I have opened a packet of clay, in order that the clay stays at its best condition. I also add general household cling film into the container and spray a light spray mist of tap water into it before closing the lid.

* Cutting Blade: I found that a craft knife, often used for card making and Sculpey Polymer Clay is useful. This must be handled with care and following health and safety precautions

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* Perforating/ Point Tool: I found a perfect tool to make holes or designs in the clay.

* Texture Sheets: There are an endless array of texture sheets made out of soft rubber or clear/ opaque plastic


3) Sanding Your Designs

To finish my designs I use 4 different types of sanding tools, taking a great deal of time to remove even the smallest flaw. The sanding tools I use are:

Sanding Paper:


Sponge Backed Sanding Sheets
Sanding Blocks:

Sanding Needles or Strips: Plastic and Metal:


4) Making Your Designs Shine:

* Polishing Wax:

This cleans and shines your work with lots of shinning.

* Agate Burnishers:

These tools use a piece of a genuine gemstone called ‘Agate’ carved in different shapes, mounted onto a wood or metal handle. These tools mean you can get a mirror shine on your work. They come in many sizes and shapes.

I have written a blog about Agate Burnishers you can read by clicking here


5) Setting Gemstones:

Gemstone Tweezers: I thought that any tweezers would be fine, but they do not grip the gemstones properly. I advise you to buy a pair, which will make your gemstones easy to handle and avoid dropping them, thus damaging them.

Bezel Settings: These are pre-made cups, which are either fired in place or soldered after firing to mount gemstones, mainly cabochon cuts.

Prong Settings: These are pre-made ‘settings’ that look like a crown of sorts, which are fired in place in order to mount gemstones, faceted gemstones. They are sunk into the clay, fired, cooled and then the gemstones are set with gemstone setting tools.

Bezel Wire: This is a thin, rectangular wire which is submerged into an extra layer of clay and then fired in place. Once this is done, you put the gemstone in place and rub or bend the wire over the edges with a metal or agate burnisher. This bezel wire can come in many designs and means you can set both cabochon and faceted gemstones.

Glue: Yes, this is a very controversial option of setting gemstones or components. It is very commonly used in major retailers and jewellery sellers, so do not discount it. It is a simple tool or method to mount your gemstones. I would suggest to use E6000 silicone glue as it is permanent, flexible and does not go brown or brittle.


6) Other Tools For You To Consider In The Future:

Rotary Tools: This tool can range in price from £20 GBP to £200 GBP+. I have found that there is the best/ most expensive in the market by a branded company called ‘Dremel’; however, my years of experience has taught me that even a cheap rotary tool can last and work perfectly well. Mine has, so test the tool by buying a cheap version you can afford is best to test how a rotary tool can help your work. A rotary tool can:

  • Polish
  • Shine
  • Grind
  • Drill
  • Cut


7) Other Types of Metal Clay to Consider:

  • Silver: 925, 950 and 999
  • Copper
  • Bronze: Classic, White and Sunny
  • Goldie Bronze: This powder comes in a huge array of colours, which is hydrated with water to make clay just like the ready hydrated types, such as brands like ‘Art Clay’

Product Sources:

  • Metal Clay UK: They sell a starter kit and many other products along with amazing Customer service

http://www.metalclay.co.uk

  • Cookson Gold:

http://www.cooksongold.com

  • Metal Clays 4 You:

http://www.metalclays4you.co.uk


All artworks & designs displayed are © Copyright by Laura H Elliott BA (Hons), Dip

Buy my work online @ http://www.lhe-art.co.uk

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• Artwork Focus: Try, Try and Try Again! My Shadow Box Design Journey

Artwork Review:

Try, Try and Try Again! My Shadow Box Design Journey

It was back in 2015 when I saw my first metal clay shadow box designs. I thought they not only looked beautiful, but they presented a technical challenge to my clay skill-set. I then embarked on a slow exploration of how I might create my own metal clay shadow boxes.

The first attempt in Copper metal clay by the company Prometheus (as shown below) was unsuccessful attempt. The way I built this design was a success; however, it was when I kiln fired this piece that it was damaged, due to a major fault in my 1st kilns poor temperature control.

Above: My first failed shadow box design

Above: My 1st shadow box, which was my unsuccessful attempt

I then re-attempted this idea in 2 different designs, but chose to try it in Fine 999 Silver (made by the company Art Clay) a medium I trusted and still trust to this day. The second and third pieces where, I am pleased to say, successful and are shown below. Saying this, I still wanted to repeat the original design in Copper metal clay (made by the company Prometheus):

Above: My 2nd shadow box titled ‘Tanzanite Foothills

Above: My 3rd shadow box titled ‘Swirl

Despite the above success, I loved my first attempt at a shadow box, with the beautiful inherent effects Copper metal clay brings with it.

Above: My 3rd shadow box titled ‘Forever Grateful

This design was inspired by the sacrifice of our service men and women, home or abroad during the wars, past or present. I include my own family, who I am endlessly proud of, who served Great Britain in conflicts including World War 1 and World War 2.

The image that has always stuck in my mind is the red poppy fields in France, a visual image that represents the sacrifice selflessly given for our freedom. This piece is my tribute, which I have titled ‘Forever Grateful’, and features Red Garnets and Tigers Eye to represent the poppy fields.

The piece below was created at the same time as the piece above ‘Forever Grateful‘:

Above: My 4th shadow box, titled 'Swirl'

Above: My 4th shadow box, titled ‘Coast’


Metal Clay Shadow Box Re-sources:

  1. Metal Clay Masterclass With Patrik Kusek – Learn In Person: http://www.mcsj.co.uk/masterclasses/patrik-kusek/metal-clay-shadow-boxes-masterclass.html
  2. Metal Clay Dress Pendant and Shadow Box Vignette – Online Course: https://www.craftcast.com/recordings/metal-clay-dress-pendant-and-shadow-box-vignette

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• My Guide: Carving Clay – An Endless Ceramic Technique

My Guide: Carving Clay – An Endless Ceramic Technique

It was during my Art and Design Diploma in 2002-2003, I undertook a self-directed module which I chose to focus on the medium I have always adored, which is clay. I created 3 designs of ceramics with the theme of natural form of lichen. This lichen is a simple, yet intricate layered form that gave me an abstract ‘starting point’, as such. It was during my photography module in this course that I photographed lichen attached to fallen trees as my subject matter.

During this time, I created a set of 3 vases created by removing/ carving clay from a large, hand thrown lump of clay. This resulted in a set of mottled vases that looked like a natural form, yet having the impression of a traditional vase. Each piece was glazed and decorated with dry pieces of clay to resemble the natural forms of lichen, texture in wood and natural forms (e.g. gemstone geodes as shown below):

The set is shown below:

During this module, I created a test piece to see how tall and thin I could build a pot. It wasn’t even remotely a success, but a big learning curve and taught me that you need to have balance in pottery and sculpture. I always learn from every piece I make in every medium. Below is this test piece:

I have shown below some tools that I have used since I first handled and fell in love with clay. These carving tools are easy to find and widely available in craft shops or on places such as eBay:

The other technique you can use is the way you would create your design with tools on lino tile for printing:

Another thought is the technique used in wood carving, which is an excellent foundation for clay carving:

Here is the idea that you can make use of all manner of things useful during working with all types of clay. I myself use: knives, forks, spoons, straws, brushes, cocktail sticks and so many other everyday items, which are perfect for clay.

This blog is a tiny look, that scratches the surface of what you can do with clay. Below is an amazing Pinterest board you can follow where you can watch tutorial videos about this subject:

Pottery: Decorating, Sgraffito and Carving at http://pin.it/kVuxZYH

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