Believe it or not, you can learn how to make gold jewelry to wear, give as gifts or sell. The process is simpler than you might expect. Thanks to metal art clay manufacturers, creating custom pieces of gold jewelry is possible. Metal clay consists of fine particles of metal mixed with organic binder and water. The clay can be shaped like any soft clay. You can use your hands, tools or press into molds.
To make gold jewelry you will need;
- Gold metal art clay (gold 91.7%, Silver 8.3%)
- Tools, or molds
- Hair dryer
- Glass plate
- Take out a small portion of clay. Wrap it in plastic wrap. Warm the clay up in your hands and then knead well. If it is stiff at first, warm it in your palm a little while. Place the unused portion of clay in a ziploc bag and keep it in an air-tight container at room temperature to prevent it from drying up.
- Mold gold jewelry with origami techniques. Flatten a piece of gold clay into a thin sheet. Cut out a square. Fold the clay into a origami paper crane or a simple paper airplane. These make nice gold necklace charms or earrings.
- Press a small piece of gold clay into a candy mold. Pop the clay out before drying completely.
- Make gold paste by blending a small amount of gold clay with a few drops of water. This paste can be used to join pieces of art clay together, or fix broken areas.
- Dry the piece completely. It will take approximately two days to dry at room temperature. Use a 1200 watt hair dryer placed six inches from the piece for ten to fifteen minutes.
- Check to be sure the piece is entirely dry. Set the piece on a glass plate. Remove after ten to twenty seconds. If the glass is dry with no area of condensation, the piece is dry. If condensation appears, use the blow dryer or set out to dry longer.
- Set a kiln to 1814 degrees Fahrenheit. Place gold jewelry in the kiln on hold for one hour. Remove once the temperature falls below 1112 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Polish your gold jewelry if desired with fine sandpaper.
- Be sure to poke a small hole in the gold jewelry before drying.
- Take into account that gold clay shrinks significantly while drying, approximately 15-30%. Use this fact to your advantage; the shrinking clay will help highlight small details.
- Keep the unused clay in a sealed plastic container or ziploc bag.