It was made with Art Clay which is a malleable form of fine silver, you make what you want, let it throughly dry, then fire it to burn off the binder and get the silver particles to sinter. Its a pretty cool process and the result is 99.9% pure silver, otherwise known as fine silver.
This is the puzzle peice in damp clay. It is very rough around the edges at this stage. Sorry about the glare ;(
Once its fired and cooled, the piece is actually white, silver is a white metal in its pure state, the silver color comes from the molecules being aligned by prolonged rubbing/polishing. The best way to do this is in a tumbler with absolutely sparking clean steel shot, some soap and a bit of water. Being tumbled also 'work hardens' the metal, making it a bit tougher.
You can see in the tumbler, that the work appears white, then below on the steel block after the tumbler, how beautifully polished it is! I love taking the gasket off the tumbler and seeing how sparkly the work is! Then a little texturing with a small hammer.....
add some sterling chain and a clasp, and TA DA!
I hope she likes it!
And I am so grateful that she trusted me with her request.