• Product Size: 1.75" L x 1.19" W Bail ID 5mm
Kris Kramer Designs
This brave Bison pendant is made with a new metal clay called "960." It consists of fine silver plus sterling silver, and more accurately consists of 96.2% silver. Bison or buffalo, its medicine is found in reconnecting with the meaning of life and the value of peace. Pray earnestly for serenity during troubling times, along with the power of calmness. Be adequately humble and ask for assistance; then, receive gratefully what you receive. Handmade. Each bison or buffalo emerges with its own personality; therefore, truly one of a kind.
Kris's home and studio are in Whitefish, Montana. Her medium is metal clay. Metal clay was invented in the 90s by Mitsubishi as a way to use silver from discarded electronics and more; thus, all of her pieces contain at least 40% silver from industrial waste.
All pieces are 99.9% silver or Fine Silver or Sterling Silver at 96.2% silver. All jump rings, wires, and ear wires are either Sterling Silver (92.5%) or Argentium. Nothing contains nickel, to which some people have allergies.
Each piece is made by hand, one-by-one. The process includes building and sculpting the piece in wet clay, drying the clay, sanding and drilling holes, firing the clay piece in a kiln at 1630 degrees for two hours which burns off the binder and water leaving only the silver, brass-brushing the piece, tumbling the piece in steel shot for two hours, oxidizing (a patina) the piece, fine finishing the piece with conventional silver-smithing tools, tumbling the piece in burnishing compound for one or more hours, and assembling with ear wires, O rings, or other findings.
Kris is a certified Precious Metal Clay (PMC) instructor at PMC Connection and Rio-Rewards Certified by RioGrande. She used to teach PMC classes at a community college, at art centers across the country, and out of her studio. Now her teaching presence is solely online at I Love Silver.
Care for her items is as simple as polishing the high points lightly with a polishing cloth. If you polish too hard or for too long, the black patina that gives the scene or piece character will be wiped away.