Welcome to Gibson Artworks’ one-of-a-kind and limited editions of sculpted jewelry by Jill Gibson. A fairly new, lightweight sculpting medium called Metal Clay has enabled me to introduce sculpted jewelry as a wearable extension of my concrete sculpture. My designs are contemporary and inspired by the subtle elegance of nature and the feminine. Metal clay consists of very small particles of metal such as gold, silver, bronze, copper, or steel, and when mixed with water and an organic binding substance called "methyl cellulose", it creates a clay-like dough that is used in making small sculptures, jewelry, and beads. Originating in Japan in 1990, metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds. After drying, the clay is fired in a kiln at high temperatures, often several times. The binder burns away, leaving pure sintered metal. Each type of metal clay has unique firing requirements due to its individual melting point. I particularly like working with the warm combinations of bronze, copper, and steel. Above, or on the Home page, click on Pendants or Earrings where you will find my explorations with this new and exciting medium. Click on specific images for complete description.