Cape Cod artist Kim Rumberger creates one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry pieces using a variety of materials including silver, crystal, bone, pewter, glass and Greek clay beads, semi-precious stones, leather and hand poured resin. Most clasps and embellishments are hand-crafted from precious metal clay and then kiln fired, resulting in 99.9% pure silver (fine silver), which rarely tarnishes.
What is precious metal clay? According to the Society of American Silversmiths, “Precious metal clay consists of microscopic particles of silver or gold suspended in an organic binder to create a pliable material with a consistency similar to modeling clay. Precious metal clay can be worked with the fingers and simple inexpensive tools to create a vast range of forms and surfaces that would be unattainable or laborious with traditional techniques. When heated to a high temperature, the binder burns away and the metal particles fuse to form solid metal…After firing, the object can be handled like any other gold or silver item. It can be soldered, burnished, buffed, tumbled, plated, etc. to achieve whatever finish you want.”
Kim will be doing live demonstrations throughout the day. She’ll show how to shape and texture the clay, and then fire it with a small butane torch to create a beautiful and unique finished product. If you’ve ever had the desire to make silver jewelry but didn’t know where to start, or if you’re a craftsperson that would like to create embellishments for pottery, textiles, paper, quilts, polymer, glass, or stamping, please stop by Kim’s table and learn the art of working with precious metal clay!