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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.
Can I learn how to work with metal clay from a book?
Yes of course. There are lots of wonderful books that are ideal for beginners. Check out our Books page to find some great resources. We have some recommended books especially for beginners. It's also useful to browse books in your local bookshop to see if the style of the book suits your way of learning.
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.
Never waste a bit of your clay!
Make sure that every bit of clay, wet or dry, is collected and used.
Can I enamel a piece of metal clay which Iíve already tumble polished?
If you want to refire, enamel or solder on a piece of metal clay that has been tumble polished, 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.
How do I roll out a consistently thick slab of clay?
There are several ways of doing this. The simplest and most inexpensive way is to buy some playing cards and use these in equal piles on each side of the lump of clay as you roll it out. For instance, if you want a fairly thin piece of clay for a simple pendant or earrings, you could put a pile of three cards on each side of the clay and use these as a guide for your roller.
How can I raise up a cabochon if the bezel is too high?
There are several ways of fitting a cabochon into a bezel that's not the perfect height.
How do I use metal clay with bisque beads?
Painting bisque beads with slip can produce some wonderful results.

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