Fold sheets of silver clay to make an origami-style kimono pendant.
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Carol: Hi, I'm Carol Duvall and boy do we have some creative ideas to share with you today. First we're making a beautiful kimono shaped pendant from silver clay. And then trees are transformed in to bold and beautiful art, most for cracking a sensational centerpiece adding a type of paradise to any table. Got a lot to do, we better get started. Welcome to the show, the challenge of working with different materials is a fun and exciting part of crafting. And combining silver clay with the art form of origami to create a beautiful kimono shaped pendant from Art Clay World USA is Emi Fukushima. Welcome again Ms. Emi. Emi: Thank you. Carol: And you are stepping up in the world. Figuratively, speaking that is, and making silver. Emi: Right, I love it. A different world. Carol: But it’s still clay and you're doing origami with it. Emi: Its clay, but I'm using what they call the paper type clay instead of the clumpy clay. And this is already made into a sheet. This comes in a 3 inch by 3 inch square. I took half of that to make my origami kimono. Carol: So this is the way you get it. Emi: Right, it’s actually origami. Which means paper folding, but it’s in silver. This is 99.9% silver. Carol: Okay. Emi: So I'm taking this and I'm going to make a kimono which is usually the folding of paper. This is the collar. Flip it over and you want to get the center to make the collar. So I fold it like so. I will show you the collar. So here we have the collar. And this clay actually has a really good memory. So once it stays, it will stay. Carol: I noticed when you pressed down there, it is. Emi: It will stay. And then we're going to fold it back to do the usual kimono fold here about this much. Carol: If you don’t remember the kimono fold, we’ll have that on our website. Emi: And then I'm going to do the sleeve by folding it back here. See I have folded it there. So I fold there, then I'm going to fold to the side. One side here. See that one fold? Carol: Okay, I see it. Emi: I'm going to do the other side. I know it’s kind of hard because my hand is in the way. Carol: Well, they are seeing it very well. Emi: So here we have that. Now we have that little excess clay there, we're not going to waste any of this. I'm going to take a pair of scissors and we're going to snip that off. I'm going to snip this off. So we have these two, I call it embellishment. Here I have one already made. Okay, so this is ready to go. I'm going to get an I pin for the jump ring. So we're going to take this, we're going to take a little dab, this is paste clay. Carol: Paste clay, okay. Emi: But this got a lot of moisture in it, so you don’t want to use a lot. Okay, we're going to get that I pin or I screw, because it got a little screw, put that in there. And then we're going to dry that, and then I'm going to flip this over. And then I'm going to take this, this is the embellishment. The scraps. Carol: Scrap that we just saw you cut off. Emi: We don’t waste anything. I'm going to take this. Carol: No, not if it’s silver. Emi: And we're going to. Carol: And where do you get this silver? Emi: It’s on the web. And then we're going to do the same thing to this side. Carol: Okay. Emi: Then, we’ll take this and put it in a kiln. And we fire it, and we start with low temperature, about 300 degrees. Then we're going to work it up to 1472, and we’ll leave it in there for about ½ hour. Once it comes out and you have it dried. It’s going to look like this. Carol: That looks so pretty. Emi: And it shrinks about 9%-10%, not a lot. And we're going to take this, and we're going to take either a wire brush or argot furnisher. The argot furnish gives you a really high shim. With the wire brush, it’s more of a matte finish. So I'm going to take this, see how it’s shining? So you're going to do the whole thing. Carol: Oh that, okay. Emi: You see the shine? Carol: Yes. Emi: If you want a really high shine, you're going to get the argot furnisher. And that will get it even more of a high shine. See that sparkling? Carol: Ooh, yes. Emi: That takes a little time, if you want a really, really high shine, get the furnisher. And then you're going to take the jump ring. So we take this once it’s all shiny, take the jump ring, put it to your chain. Carol: That’s a beautiful chain too. Emi: Well you can use any chain. Carol: No, I want to use that, because it’s pretty. Let's take a look at it when it’s all put together out there. I think that is really pretty, Emi. Did you make this teeny tiny? Emi: That's a quarter of the sheet. Carol: Oh my word. Emi: I took the two other half and then doing the same steps, made the little kimonos. Carol: Oh my gosh. They're just adorable. Oops, it wants to get away from me here. And I've noticed some more origami right here, next to it. This is familiar to anybody, the crane. Emi: The crane. Carol: Oh my goodness. Out of sterling, not sterling, but silver. Emi: Its 99.9% silver. Carol: And the fan pieces that you have over here are lovely too. And it just comes in that little 3x3 inch sheet. Emi: 3x3 inch sheet. Carol: Okay. You just have to find yourself a kiln to put it on. Emi: Yes, you have to use a kiln, not a toaster oven. Won't work on toaster. Carol: Alright, thanks Emi so much. Now coming up next, we have exotic sculptures materialize in wood. Stay with us.
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