Favorite Project of the Week: Mosaic Metal Clay Pin
Black and white. Yin and yang. Coffee and cream. The interaction and contrasts of opposites can result in some amazing and stunning jewelry designs.
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Patrik Kusek’s Mosaic Metal Clay Pin, from the December 2016 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, combines black and white — and silver and gold — in a design that strongly reminds me of traditional “Yin/Yang” symbols. It’s made with precious metal clay and uses mosaic techniques to give it a unique and special look.
- The pin is a great way to practice using metal clay.
- It’ll teach you how to use mosaics in your jewelry creations.
- The Yin/Yang feel gives this piece a cool oriental vibe.
- The mosaics and the combination of opposite colors puts me in mind of foam on my morning coffee (one of my favorite things).
Let opposites attract!
- OneFire Sterling PMC 25 grams
- Aura 22k
- Sterling silver pin, hinge, and catch
- BlackMax patina
- Alumina hydrate
- Basic metal clay tool kit
- Circle template
- Drinking straws in a variety of sizes
- Plexiglas “snake” roller
- Paragon SC-2 kiln
- Basic torch
- Soldering set up
- Flex shaft
- Extra fine texturing brush rotary wheel
- Drill bits
- Paint brush for Aura 22
Required skills: Basic metal skills, soldering