About the Artist
Barbara S. Fernald not only drills her found beach glass pebbles and stones into beads, she also makes her own fine silver beads. Her metal beads start out as precious metal clay (PMC). This is metal made pliable by suspending microscopic particles of fine silver in a water-based organic binder. When fired in a kiln at 1650 degrees Fahrenheit, the binder burns away allowing the silver particles to sinter. The result is a solid piece of pure silver with all the shape and surface texture of the original clay design. Her work is reminiscent of long peaceful walks along the coast of Maine.