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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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Article ID: 10025 Article Created: 06-11-2008 10:28 AM

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What are the problems associated with quenching hot metal clay?
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Can I use Art Clay and PMC in the same design?
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How do I use Aura 22?
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What items react badly with metal clay?
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How thick should my clay be?
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Is there any such thing as Platinum Metal Clay?
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