Monday, February 28, 2011

The price of silver

I was going to buy some silver metal clay this past week to top up my supply. I haven't bought any in about 6 months. At that time, the price of silver was $19 per oz.   When I went onto the usual website where I buy metal clay, the price was just so off-putting. Silver metal clay prices are directly influenced by the silver price and today the price of silver has increased to $34 per oz.  So in 6 months, the price of silver has nearly doubled.  When I started working in metal clay in 2005, the silver price was $7 per oz.

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I actually left the website open on my laptop for a week, trying to adjust to the change in price before I pressed the "buy" button.  In the end, I checked what I already had in my studio and decided not to buy any more.

It has really made me stop and think about what I am doing.  While I was away in Mexico over December and January, I got to try lots of other different media.... and loved it - so with these silver prices, I think I'm going to focus more time on things other than silver for a while. 

I've been wanting to have some time to work more on my aluminum techniques...and also other types of clay, so this seems like the perfect time for this.  I'll obviously continue with silver clay and have a few commission to do...but I'll make sure that I make time for other materials too.

How is this silver price increase affecting you and your work or your buying of jewelry?


Patty Biermans said...

I think that your skills are so good that you can make somethin beautiful out of anything. Hugzz..Peebee

vilterietje said...

it's a shame that the price of silver has to bring you to this decission! but it has to stay affordable, so good luck on your other qualities:)

Ruth said...

What a lovely thing to say Peebee. Thanks so much. That is so encouraging. And thanks also Riet. I think it is actually a good time for me as I enjoyed my time in Mexico trying all the different media so wanted to spend more time in other areas anyhow. This is just the push I need.