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Can I use Art Clay and PMC in the same design?
As long as you use appropriate firing times and temperatures and take into account the differences in shrinkage, you can use products from both brands in a design, just as you can use different types of clay from the same brand in a design.
Polishing
Tip on how to get a tumble polished finish without buying a tumbler.
Never waste a bit of your clay!
Make sure that every bit of clay, wet or dry, is collected and used.
What is a CZ?
A hard and relatively inexpensive synthetic stone, created in laboratories and often cut to resemble a diamond. It is available in a variety of colours and different shapes.
How can I get a good brass brush effect on very small pieces?
You can buy very small brushes which get into small spaces. Very small burnishing tools also work well to close the pores of the surface of the silver.
What is slip?
Slip is a watered down version of metal clay. You can buy slip or paste directly from the suppliers or make your own by adding water to a small lump of clay, filings or dried out clay. Slip can be used to attach two pieces of metal clay together, fill in small cracks or painted onto leaves, flowers, pods etc to make unique designs.
What are the working stages of metal clay?
There are three working stages; lump clay, leather hard or green stage and fired.
Can I fire very large Cubic Zirconias or lab created stones in a kiln?
CZ’s and lab created stones should be fine fired in a kiln in PMC3. The creation process involves high heat and pressure so the stones have already been subjected to much more than you will be putting them through in the kiln. If the stone can be fired, it shouldn’t matter what size it is.    
What items react badly with metal clay?
Aluminium reacts badly with metal clay so you should avoid using aluminium foil or work surfaces. Mary Ellin D'Agostino did some experiments with aluminium which you can read by clicking here.

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