How green is your clay?
By feebs-ks, Jul 18 2016 09:23AM
I had an interesting experience at a market yesterday where I was selling my metal clay jewellery - a lady came up to my stall and said ‘I absolutely love this piece- but I don’t do mining’. I showed her my pot of metal clay and explained that this was metal clay and it had a large recycled element, but it struck me that I didn’t have a great response to the point she was making. So I decided to do a bit of research. I use Art Clay Silver for the majority of my work, so I decided to look at Aida Chemicals who produce it. I was really pleased to find that silver clay is produced from 100% recycled materials. Aida’s mission statement says ‘Aida has been recycling precious metals as a resource for production and as an alternative solution to exhausting naturally occurring mineral resources.’
I was initially surprised to find that most of the world’s silver is used in industrial applications rather than in the jewellery industry, so that explains why Art Clay Silver is refined and recycled from amongst other things photographic processing waste, printing by products as well as dental and medical waste.
And when we metal clay jewellery makers create something that goes wrong (which happens all too frequently I don’t mind admitting) - the absolutely best thing is that we can use it over and over again! Thank goodness for that….