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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.
Is there any way of lifting the depth and colour of a stone in a bezel?
Some stones and also glass cabochons can benefit from having a coloured backing put into the bezel before setting the stone. Opals are particularly good with dark grit emery paper behind them.
My stone seems to lose its depth and lustre when I put it in a bezel, can I improve the look?
Some stones and also glass cabochons can benefit from having a coloured backing put into the bezel before setting the stone. Opals are particularly good with dark grit emery paper behind them.
What can I do with my already fired mistakes?
Sometimes the mistakes can become a wonderful piece of work!
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 is the best way to store syringes so they don't dry out?
There are a variety of ways to store metal clay syringes to ensure they don't dry out. You can store them standing in a small cup of water with the tip or nozzle down in the water. This prevents air from getting into the nozzle and drying the clay. Using cling film or Saran Wrap over the end also stops air getting to the clay and drying it out. A small piece of silver wire inserted into the nozzle can also prevent drying although it needs to be a good fit and it's best to also wrap this in cling film or put it back in the sealed packet it came in. Don't use a steel pin to seal it, steel reacts badly with the clay.
What can I use to texture my metal clay items?
Metal clay takes texture beautifully. Most metal clay artists spend their time looking for new things to use as texture and it can become a bit of an obsession!
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.

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