This weekend I had a two day private class with a lady who is very interested in starting a hobby business in making silver keepsake jewellery. This class is continually popular where people like to learn how to press a child’s fingerprint or make a stamp of a child’s drawing to imprint into a piece of silver. There are franchises of this type of business for people to purchase but the cost is huge.
The drawing, hand or footprint is printed onto a transparency. A photopolymer plate is made by exposing the plate and transparency to UV light. The silver clay is pressed into the stamp and shaped for the jewellery item.
The clay is dried, sanded and ready for firing with a butane torch
Once the silver has fully sintered it is polished. Here are ‘Dad’s’cufflinks.
The proud mum and her pendant.