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.
How can I keep the patina on my jewellery?

Anything you put on top of a patina in order to preserve it will
change the way the light reflects off the silver. So it's a bit of a
tradeoff. Some people don't like the change in reflectivity, others
don't mind at all.

If the patina is only in recessed areas, you should be able to rub the
surface of the silver lightly with a jewelry polishing cloth without
removing the patina in the recessed areas if you are careful. If it's
on the surface of the piece, the patina will change over time if you
don't coat it. (Patina is essentially a controlled form of tarnish, so
by definition any patina is at a particular point in its evolutionary
cycle, so to speak, at the time you apply it.) Protecting it against
light, moisture, salt, and both acid and alkali, including
perspiration, will help preserve the color longer.

Some people swear by Nikolas 2105 Spray Lacquer in Clear, which is
available online from Votaw Tool Company (www.votawtool.com).

Thanks to Margaret Schindel for this tip. Visit Margaret's excellent Squidoo metal clay site here


Print  Email  Save  Comments  Notify Me  Add to Favorites 
Article ID: 10065 Article Created: 07-05-2008 14:56 PM

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

Most Recently Viewed Articles
Is there any such thing as Platinum Metal Clay?
Mitsubishi made PMC in platinum for a while but it was discontinued....
How do I find out where to put the holes on a pendant to make it balance right?
Unusual shaped pendants can be difficult to hang so this article by Lorrene Davis gives a simple technique for placing the hole or bail so the pendant hangs as you want it to....
Can I enamel a piece of metal clay which I’ve already tumble polished?
If you want to refire, enamel or solder on a piece of metal clay that has been tumble polished, 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....
Is there any way of lifting the depth and colour of a stone in a bezel?
Some stones and also glass cabochons can benefit from having a coloured backing put into the bezel before setting the stone. Opals are particularly good with dark grit emery paper behind them. ...
What is slip?
Slip is a watered down version of metal clay. You can buy slip or paste directly from the suppliers or make your own by adding water to a small lump of clay, filings or dried out clay. Slip can be used to attach two pieces of metal clay together, fill in small cracks or painted onto leaves, flowers, pods etc to make unique designs....
How do I get a mirror finish on my work?
There are several techniques that'll help you get a mirror finish without too much hard work. ...
How can I stop clay warping as it dries?
Metal clay can warp if you try to speed up the drying, especially if it's a thin piece....
Top Tips for Paste
Always stir the paste with a plastic or metal spatula, never with the brush. If you're making paste from scratch, use the spatula on a flat surface, like a ceramic tile or piece of glass or plastic. Squash the lump of clay and add distilled water slowly, working this into the clay bit by bit. Time spent bringing the paste to the right consistency slowly will pay off with smooth paste. ...
How do I use metal clay with bisque beads?
Painting bisque beads with slip can produce some wonderful results. ...
How do you find the balance point on a pendant?
Here is a quickie solution to finding the balance of a pendant, symmetrical or asymmetrical. This is by Lorrene Davis ...