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Melinda Mulcahy creates truly personal keepsakes from precious Fine Silver.  Her work is sent worldwide.

Completely self-taught, it has taken years to perfect this notoriously difficult product that is Precious Metal Clay, a 100% recycled product.  Simply by trial and error.

To get the best out of precious clay, you have to understand its behavior and work with its strange anomalies, as changes naturally occur during every stage and it’s not an exact science.  As is the nature of a recycled product, sometimes it’s best to accept the imperfections and incorporate them into your design, rather than fight them, as Melinda found out.

Starting with a good image/stamp making set such as Imagepac, together with a very crisp and clean white on black image, Melinda makes her own artworks.

Once the stamp is made and dried, on a clean area, sculpt the clay using a good Stanley knife and a very clean base plate.  Even the smallest particles will imprint onto the clay, so take off any woolen jumpers and close out drafts.

Once the clay is completely dry, about 24 hours later, carefully sand using a 280 grit soft pad and brush away all dust.  Place in a kiln, ramp up to 850? hold for 45 minutes and allow to cool – allow 4 hours.

Brush the piece with a steel brush to remove all white clay residue, at this stage you can dip your piece into an oxidising agent and sand your piece to whatever texture you prefer.  For a highly polished finish, you will need lots of elbow grease, but 3M sanding paper from your local hardware store will help eradicate major imperfections, working upwards in grit from 240, 400 and 600. You can get use the softer pads starting at 180, 220 and finish with 280. Finally tumble for 2 hours with shot and tumbling compound get a nice sheen.

E and M beanie friendship bracelet LR

Melinda is giving away a personalised beanie friendship bracelet worth £24 + delivery, personalisation either your initial on your choice of coloured cord.  For your chance to win, simply tell us which your favourite Melinda Mulcahy creation is. Simply visit the site using the link, then come back to Craftgossip.com to comment below as to what your favourite piece is and why!

Competition Open to UK residents only

Competition Closes August 1st

 

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30 Comments so far

  1. nancy d on July 2, 2013 6:04 pm

    I love the vintage inititial wax seal necklace! I love the vintage look of it and how it really looks like it was made from wax. Combined with the the pretty pearl and little rose it is gorgeous!

  2. Linda Rumsey on July 3, 2013 1:42 am

    I love the dragonfly silver earrings – so pretty!

  3. Angelina Coles on July 3, 2013 1:46 am

    I adore the fortune cookie bracelet….such a precious idea and perfect for a gift.

  4. Gilly Crews on July 3, 2013 4:23 am

    I love her Postcard Necklaces!

  5. Sue Miller on July 3, 2013 4:35 am

    I love her dragonflies and little beanies. She is so talented using a difficult medium to produce perfect pieces.

  6. Mary Mac on July 3, 2013 5:40 am

    Love the Moroccan sands pearl gold earrings

  7. Knittingdancer on July 3, 2013 6:03 am

    I likr yhr dragonfly fine silver pendant necklace and the hummingbird gold inlaid pendant necklace because they look very well made and would be attractive to wear.

  8. Katy Lunsford on July 3, 2013 7:28 am

    Love everything! Favorite is
    Zanzibar wrap bracelet!

  9. Shari Harniss on July 3, 2013 8:34 am

    I like the dangly silver earrings.

  10. Darlene Holte on July 3, 2013 9:31 am

    Love letter personalized necklace

  11. Eileen on July 3, 2013 10:06 am

    The shiny gold/silver star earrings are absolutely beautiful!

  12. Rose S. on July 3, 2013 11:07 am

    I really love the exotic champagne pearl necklace. The pearls are just so beautiful and no two look alike.

  13. Zan Caperton on July 3, 2013 11:18 am

    I really like the Buddha lucky charm necklace in silver. It is a fun piece and also a great reminder to stay centered. I would wear it all of the time.

  14. Helen Jones on July 4, 2013 6:03 am

    My favourite piece at this time of year is the Belize turquoise gold feather earrings to wear on a hot summers evening with a maxi dress or cool linens.
    A fantastically versatile piece.

  15. Mary Rok on July 4, 2013 6:21 am
  16. Nicole Turley on July 4, 2013 6:36 pm

    I love the Lotus Hoop sterling silver earrings. I love the unique style and I’m obsessed with hearts!

  17. Laura Stewart on July 6, 2013 1:59 pm

    Mine is the Love letter necklace

  18. sharon bickford on July 6, 2013 3:09 pm

    My adopted daughter would love to get this for her Family Day gift!

  19. Tiffany on July 6, 2013 10:39 pm

    I love the gold charm friendship bracelet and the personalized story button friendship bracelet. I can’t decide which I like more. :)

  20. Kathi on July 8, 2013 8:39 am

    My favorite is the grey ascot earring but I like almost all of them.

  21. Christine on July 8, 2013 2:19 pm

    I love the ancient personalized word scroll necklace! so pretty.. <3

  22. mary fanara coleman on July 9, 2013 8:15 am

    I love these http://melindamulcahy.com/products/59862–atlantis-amethyst-apatite-garnet-gold-earrings.aspx…….because of the colors in it and the teardrop design.

  23. Claire C on July 13, 2013 12:29 pm

    I love this necklace because I love green http://melindamulcahy.com/products/61928–colorado-green-gold-gemstone-necklace.aspx
    I hope I win your competition, thankyou for this chance.

  24. sharon bickford on July 14, 2013 12:55 pm

    The fortune cookie bracelet would be adorable for my daughter who is adopted from China!

  25. Jolene Lew on July 17, 2013 2:01 am

    This is the simplest, but i think its the best! Extremely adorable!

    http://melindamulcahy.com/products/54575–personalised-alphabet-beanie-charm-necklace.aspx

  26. Christina on July 19, 2013 4:45 pm

    I love the nepal 2 strand leather bracelet – aqua apricot gold. Its gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Terri Bullock on July 22, 2013 9:17 am

    I Love the Chils Doodle’s…What a great keepsake idea!!!

  28. Terri Bullock on July 22, 2013 9:20 am

    I Love the Child’s Doodle Keepsake Bookmark…What a Great Keepsake Idea..

  29. Tina S on July 22, 2013 6:20 pm

    I love the morse code love letter key ring.

  30. Claire C on July 28, 2013 12:13 pm

    Oh my, it’s so hard to pick out just one, I love the – Shangri-la luxe long necklace, also the Bora Bora black/grey couture necklace, and Vintage silver escutcheon necklace.

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