Franklyn Spence


Art and Picture Framing
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Beauty, Inspiration, Creativity

Franklyn teaches jewelry making classes, makes commissioned jewelry along with selling his own designs using precious metal clay. This is a new material that uses very finely ground metal dust (usually silver but also available in many colours of copper and bronze too) mixed with an organic binder and water to make a "clay". This can be shaped, rolled onto textured surfaces and joined together just like ceramic clay. It is then dried, sanded and finally fired in a special kiln where the binder burns off and fuses the silver powder leaving 99.9% solid silver.

The clay can be watered down to create a paste that can be squeezed through a syringe to allow you to draw with it or can be watered down even further to create a paint. In the paint form it can be built up in layers over any organic object like a leaf for example and the organic part will burn away in the kiln leaving only a perfect copy of the leaf.

You can make rings, earrings, pendants or any other form of jewelry you can think of and even set gemstones.

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