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What are the working stages of metal clay?

There are three working stages; lump clay, leather hard or green stage and fired.

In the lump clay stage, the clay can be rolled, textured, bent, slumped, domed, moulded, spread onto surfaces or free-formed. At this stage, the clay will dry out if left open to the air and needs to be kept in a sealed container or cling film when not in use.

The leather hard or green stage is achieved by leaving the clay open to the air to dry out. At this stage, the piece can be filed using salon nail files, sawed, polished, drilled or cut. It is very fragile at this stage and breaks easily so it needs careful handling.

When the clay is completely dry it can be fired. Once fired, the metal can be worked in the same was as sterling silver. It can be drilled, sawed, hammered, polished etc.


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