Up to the time I moved to the U.S. and had kids, I loved metal-smithing. It gave me a creative outlet as well as allowed me to make jewelry quickly and often. I admit I wore far more than I sold, but I have always loved creating my own silver jewelry. Recently, my friend Pat introduced me to silver metal clay which allowed me once more to create silver jewelry a different way. Silver metal clay reminds me of a gray Fimo or Sculpey dough, but it's really silver grounds mixed with an organic binder and it's sooo easy to work with. I just rolled out a small bit, stamped it and shaped it into whatever I wanted. After that, it's fired overnight and tumbled to make it shiny, and ready to wear within 24 hours! Here are two pieces I made earlier in the week: one is a pair of triangular earrings I stamped with a bubble-shaped texture, then cut and dried over a folded piece of cardboard. The necklace, I LOVE! I used liver of sulfur on top of the bird to make it contrast more with the silver background, then shined it up. Can't wait to create more bling soon!