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Polishing
Tip on how to get a tumble polished finish without buying a tumbler.
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.
What is Cubic Zirconia?
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 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.
My clay is dry, powdery, flaky and cracking. What can I do?
Spritz or brush the clay with water, wrap it in clingfilm/Saran Wrap and squish the water into the clay. Then leave it for a while. The clay will absorb the water and become usable again. If itís too sticky, leave it open to the air for a short while.
What kiln should I buy?
This really depends on what you intend to do with your kiln and what your budget is.

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