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How can I stop metal clay sticking to my hands and tools?

There are several ways of preventing the sticking of metal clay.

Badger Balm is a great product to use. It's organic, comes in a variety of scents and is very good at preventing the sticking as well as looking after your skin. It can be bought on-line or at pharmacies.

Olive oil works very well and is readily available in most homes or supermarkets.

There are a number of specially designed products available from the main metal clay suppliers.


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