metal clay, art clay, pmc, bronze clay, copper clay, steel clay
FAQ HomeFAQAsk us a QuestionSave your Favorites
Metal Clay Academy Excellence in Art Clay and Precious Metal Clay PMC
Search Advanced Search
Categories
Beginners (49)
Advanced (14)
Glass (2)
Hollow Forms (1)
Patina and Colours (8)
Stones (8)
Technical (30)
Training (2)
Firing (9)
Finishing (10)
Business (3)
Money saving tips (3)
Search
Advanced Search
FAQs
Search our FAQ to find resolutions to common issues.
What are the ingredients of Badger Balm?

Badger Balm is often recommended as a lubricant for your hands, work surfaces and tools to stop metal clay sticking.  This is the list of ingredients used in the Badger Balm products taken from their website.

  • Rich Oils (organic extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, etc.)
  • Essential Oils & Extracts (organic rosemary, organic ginger, organic peppermint, etc.)
  • Butters (Wild African shea butter & Fair Trade cocoa butter)
  • Beeswax will be certified organic by August 2008
  • Minerals (zinc oxide and pumice) & Alkali (sodium hydroxide to make soap from oil)
  • Nothing else. We use no preservatives, no emulsifiers, no colors, nothing derived from petroleum and nothing synthetic, toxic, harmful or controversial.

Visit the Badger Balm website here


Print  Email  Save  Comments  Notify Me  Add to Favorites 
Article ID: 10038 Article Created: 06-11-2008 11:38 AM

How well did this article answer your question? 100% 75% 50% 25% 0%

Most Recently Viewed Articles
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 Aura 22?
Adding gold to your metal clay work can be achieved in a number of ways. You can add gold foil using the Keum Boo process. You can also use Aura 22 or gold paste. This article contains the processes used for adding Aura 22 from three experienced metal clay artists and teachers - Pam East, "Sarasota Sarah" Triton and Mary Ellin D'Agostino....
What can I do with my already fired mistakes?
Sometimes the mistakes can become a wonderful piece of work!...
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. ...
Butane Torch Tips
New metal clay artists normally start by using a butane torch for firing. This set of tips will help you get the best from your torch....
Photopolymer Plates for Enamelling Textures
Pam East uses Photo-polymer plates extensively both for making custom textures and images, and for champleve enameling. She's learned a lot about photo-polymer from Maggie Bergman, Tonya Davidson and many others. She's also developed a few tricks of her own along the way. Here are a few tips that may help....
How do I get an iridescent patina on metal clay?
Liver of sulphur mixed with various other things will give wonderful patina to your finished work. Katherine Palochak has a recipe for iridescent patina on Ganoksin. You can also use liver of sulphur mixed with brewed (not instant) coffee. This has been used to create some wonderful colours. Sometimes the quality of the water you use can also affect the outcome of your patina. Different minerals in the water can create some wonderful effects. ...
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....
How thick should my clay be?
This depends on what you are making, how deep the texture you're using is, if you're putting texture on the back and the front and also to some extent personal taste. If you're making a pair of small plain earrings, you can roll the clay out to three cards thick. This should make a light pair of earrings that are strong enough to withstand the wear. If you're using deep texture you should go up to five or six cards thick. Deep texture on the back and front of a piece may require your initial rolling to be even thicker. If your piece is going to get lots of wear, like a pendant with a wrap over bail, the bail part should be a little thicker so it can withstand the wear. You will probably know if you've gone too thin when you try to pick the piece up....
Polishing
Tip on how to get a tumble polished finish without buying a tumbler....