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QUESTION: Hello.
I recently saw a video of an item precious metal clay(both silver&gold). Each product says that after  firing the end result will be .999 silver(with silver clay of course)& genuine gold(with gold clay).
This confuses me as I know gold&silver are mined. I didn't think either could be man made. My question is if I were to use this clay to make a piece of jewerly(a locket,ring,etc)would the item be genuine? Would it test and function as real .999,.925,&10 silver &/or 14ct gold? Or would I essetially be making a gold or silver plated piece?
Thanks in advance.
Dwight

ANSWER: This must be a new product I have not heard of it. It does make sense that it would be possible, but I would have to do more research. you would also have to pay as much or more as gold & silver for it. Thanks for letting me know about It I will give you an update when I have found out more.
Chris

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QUESTION: Thanks very much for the prompt response.
I look forward to your opinion on this&the update.
Best regards!

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I have been very busy moving and didn't have time to research your question but didn't appreciate the 4 in knowlegability however here is the information you require:
http://redwriteblue.com/metalclay/metalclay.html

It seems like it should be a lot of fun to work with. I hope you enjoy.
Chris

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I have been in the Jewelry Industry 20 years and Apprenticed as a silver smith took classes in Casting sculpting repair and trained under master gold and silver smiths as well as some experience in Faceting and diamond cutting and polishing for repair. Plating, Wax work, Diamond Setting, Engraving, Carving, Mold Making, design, some watch repair, tool making, enamel work, refining, mining, sales, sand blasting, casting. Have worked in Platinum, Gold, Silver, Pewter, Brass, Bronze, Aluminum,Steel,Titanium,Wood, Plastic, and Stone. 10 years Appraisal work in Jewelry.

Experience

20 years commercial experience in Repair Manufacturing and sales of Jewelry 3 years school 4 year apprentice. Worked on the duplication of the treasure found on the Spanish Galleon Maravalla by Dr. Cecil Humphreys. Traveled with and manufactured the souvenirs and miscellaneous replicas from the King Tut Exhibit when it visited the US.

Organizations
Former member AGTA and GIA and a ten year member of Memphis Jewelers association. 17 years experience in Tuscon Jewelry shows buying and selling.

Publications
JCK Tuscon Show Gude

Education/Credentials
Classes at MSU and The Memphis art academy in Jewelry sculpting, Specialized Repair school, and 2 apprenticeships in Silversmithing from Juelius Astor, and Goldsmithing from Katchic Yacubian both masters for over 35 years each.Studied with Dr. Richard Prilliman, and several others.

Awards and Honors
JCK Tuscon Show honorable mention in design.

Past/Present Clients
Dr. Cecil Humphreys Finder of the Spanish Galleon Maravalla, The Vanderbilts, Miscellaneous repair antique estate pieces. Elvis Presley Repair and Appraise 2 pieces of jewelry. Rifat Hassan and Nihall Mumtaz With the King Tut Exhibit. Trade work for over 36 Major Chains from Zales to Sams.

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