I only bring up this subject because it appears to me that the
different versions of precious metal clay are trademarked as
specific products, but the general concept of precious metal clay is
in public domain. Has anybody made their own precious metal clay?
It might be a simple task if you had finely divided silver powder
and a proper binding agent. I remember many years ago in Jr. High
School, the chemistry teacher made finely divided silver by
precipitating it from solution. The solution might have been silver
nitrate. I don’t remember what he added to make it precipitate.
That would leave the binding agent. I read an article about how
beads were made in Africa from powdered glass. They mixed saliva with
the glass powder, rolled it into balls, then placed it inside a
steel can in an open fire. The glass powder sintered together. I
have done this a few times and once when I had a dry mouth, I used
beer as a binding agent.
I would try to make my own precious metal clay, except I don’t know
enough chemistry to make finely divided silver powder. My guess
would be that I could dissolve silver in nitric acid, then when no
more silver will dissolve, I add a less noble metal like copper or
So, if anybody can tell me how to make finely divided silver powder,
I will try to make precious metal clay using saliva or beer as a
My goal is not to compete with commercially made precious metal
clay. I expect that commercially produced precious metal clay is
superior to anything home made. It would just be fun try to make my