Silver Clay

Ask almost any mom if she would like a silver fingerprint of her child, and almost without fail the answer will be “Yes!” In fact, it’s probably going to be “YES” even before you finish asking the question. 

Several years ago, we brought into the studio a system for making silver pendants out of a substance that is called, for simplicity’s sake, “silver clay”. What that means is that powdered silver is combined with a smooth clay-like substance, allowing us to mold the clay in molds. The molds give the silver the size, shape and back-side texture, allowing us to impress a fingerprint on the other side. The result – something to treasure!
We have different style molds – hearts, circles, squares, rectangles, teardrops and ovals – with different backside textures available. These include a smooth back, a leaf pattern, a swirl pattern, a square pattern, a hammered metal look, and stars. 

All are available in small, medium and large sizes. The sizes are kind of like quarter, nickel and dime – not exactly, but the large molds are all 7 gram molds, the mediums are 3.5 grams and the smalls are 1.75. This works with the clay, which is sold in 7 gram packs. You can do however many charms you can do and have them add up to seven! There are also molds available with an initial on the back – these are medium sized and we can do two from one pack of clay. We can also put a small initial next to each fingerprint, so you can tell who is who. 

Because we have a limited number of people working at the shop who know how to make silver fingerprint charms, we do require an appointment. You can buy your clay HERE so that you know you have a pack waiting for you. When you request your time, you will get a confirmation that the time you have requested works, or we will figure out a time that works for everyone.

At the time of your appointment, you will select your molds. After the clay is rolled out, we’ll get the impressions, and that’s it! 

It doesn’t take long. The clay has to dry and then be fired in the kiln, and after it is fired there is an oxidation left on the silver that has to be polished off. It is usually ready in 3-5 days. 

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Silver Clay

Video how to: Texture technique 

I’m not gonna lie – I love painting on paper and then putting it on pottery. I love how interesting the final result is, how not perfectly perfect each item turns out, and how messy I get. 

I also love the state of Alabama, and how beautiful it is. I decided to do a tree design inside the state – well, you can see!


This is painted on a fun item – it’s an oversized bottle cap. 

Here’s how we made it – hope you can see how fun this is!

And the finished piece!


Now here is a more detailed video of how we do the texture technique. You can listen to me blather on while I paint! 


Or you can see it on our YouTube page​​ https://youtu.be/vX_xjwtk4-o

Now, I say at the end of this that I am (a) not tech savvy and (2) I’ll be back to show the unveiling. Wellll… the first part of that made the second part not possible. But! Here are the pictures of the mug after I took the paper off. 


I went back and added more color to the places where it didn’t take, and added some dark purple to give it the cosmic sky look I wanted. 


I love how it turned out! Like so many darkly-painted items, it looks much better in person than it does in pictures. You’ll have to check it out the next time you are in the shop. 

I hope you will come try the paper texture technique with me soon!

Video how to: Texture technique