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You can keep up to date with my latest work by connecting with me on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JoyFunnell.co.uk

Let me tell you a bit about what I do and why I do it...

I love colour and I love texture. These two things inspire most of my work. To see a rainbow will always bring a smile to my face. I try to be - Joy by name and Joyful by nature.

I work mostly in silver clay and I absolutely love it!! I make lots of jewellery but also love creating cute fun critters in bronze clay. Occasionally I stray into the more utilitarian world of tiny bowls and spoons, but always with a dash of joyfulness!! All my work is made with my own hands.

The main metal clay I work with is Art Clay Silver -…

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  • Joined December 15, 2008

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Silver clay, Enamel, Metal Clay, bronze clay, Silver, Glass, gold

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Joyful Jewellery by Joy Funnell

About

Excellent - you've found me! :D

You can keep up to date with my latest work by connecting with me on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JoyFunnell.co.uk

Let me tell you a bit about what I do and why I do it...

I love colour and I love texture. These two things inspire most of my work. To see a rainbow will always bring a smile to my face. I try to be - Joy by name and Joyful by nature.

I work mostly in silver clay and I absolutely love it!! I make lots of jewellery but also love creating cute fun critters in bronze clay. Occasionally I stray into the more utilitarian world of tiny bowls and spoons, but always with a dash of joyfulness!! All my work is made with my own hands.

The main metal clay I work with is Art Clay Silver - silver in a clay form! Magical stuff!! It's made from finely powdered recycled silver mixed with water and non-toxic binders and is worked like a clay. I use it to create wonderful pieces with fine details and intricate textures. Once dried and finished to a high standard each piece is fired in a kiln at over 800°C to burn away the binders which allows the powdered silver to sinter into solid silver. Attention to detail is paramount for me and I always work using magnification. The backs of my pieces are decorated and some are reversible.

To add colour to my work I often set stones and enamel pieces. Enamelling allows me to add colour and depth to my work, and for eye catching sparkle I use small stones which are fired in place. These are laboratory grown stones and czs which are able to withstand the high temperatures of firing the silver. Some of my pieces are also set with beautiful natural stones after the firing process.

Enamelling is an art which is centuries old. Powdered glass is fused onto precious metals at high temperatures in the kiln to create a durable coloured finish. I use transparent enamels in my jewellery so the silver can shine through the rich colours. I have developed my own technique - Enamelled Accents - where jewel like colours are captured by fine silver wires on the surface of a piece to give a freestanding cloisonné effect.

By using silver clay and then enamelling it I make original jewellery which is unlike commercial high street jewellery. Mostly I create one-of-a-kind work - unique pieces for unique people - just like you!

If you have any questions about my work or are interested in having something created especially for you please do get in touch.

Joy x

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