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Why is newly fired silver metal clay white?
This is the surface of the silver before burnishing. If you could look at it under a microscope you'd see lots of peaks and valleys. This uneven surface doesn't allow the light to reflect so it appears dull white.
What can I do with my already fired mistakes?
Sometimes the mistakes can become a wonderful piece of work!
What are the problems associated with quenching hot metal clay?
If you want to refire, enamel or solder on a piece of metal clay that has been quenched, you may find that moisture has got trapped in the metal. When you heat it again, especially if you heat it fast, the moisture turns to steam and may cause a blister on the surface. You need to dry the piece thoroughly if you have quenched the metal following the initial firing.It is also important to remember that you should not quench a piece which has glass or stones as part of the design. The sudden change in temperature from the firing to the cold water may cause shock and the stone or glass could be damaged or break entirely. Leave your piece to air cool, it should only take a few minutes.
What kiln should I buy?
This really depends on what you intend to do with your kiln and what your budget is.
What type of cores can I use to build my metal clay pieces?
Pretty much anything that's combustible and non-toxic can be used as a core to build metal clay pieces. Organic items like snacks, bread, cereal, pasta etc can be used to give support to a piece of work.
How can I stop parts of my work getting polished in the tumbler?
Sometimes you might want to have parts of your work with a high shine and other parts with a different finish. This article explores ways of protecting part of your work in the tumble polisher.
Butane Torch Tips
New metal clay artists normally start by using a butane torch for firing. This set of tips will help you get the best from your torch.
What is Bronze Clay?
Bronzclay™ was launched at the PMC Conference in July 2008. Several classes were run by Celie Fago and Hadar Jacobson prior to the conference. Both Celie and Hadar had been involved in experimenting with Bronzclay™ in collaboration with the inventor Bill Streuve.