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 do I get a mirror finish on my work?

If I want a mirror finish, I sand the piece in the greenware stage up to very fine sandpaper. For a final touch, I use a handy-wipe or damp paper towel and do a final smoothing over the surface. You will still need to do sanding and polishing after firing to get a true mirror finish, but this will make it much easier.

Thanks to Judi Weers for this tip.


Print  Email  Save  Comments  Notify Me  Delete from Favorites 
Article ID: 10070 Article Created: 08-28-2008 21:13 PM

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

Most Recently Viewed Articles
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. ...
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....
Is there any such thing as Platinum Metal Clay?
Mitsubishi made PMC in platinum for a while but it was discontinued....
Can I use metal clay like pottery clay?
Metal clay works just like pottery clay although the firing is different. ...
What are the problems associated with quenching hot metal clay?
If you want to refire, enamel or solder on a piece of metal clay that has been quenched, 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.It is also important to remember that you should not quench a piece which has glass or stones as part of the design. The sudden change in temperature from the firing to the cold water may cause shock and the stone or glass could be damaged or break entirely. Leave your piece to air cool, it should only take a few minutes....
What is the best way to store syringes so they don't dry out?
There are a variety of ways to store metal clay syringes to ensure they don't dry out. You can store them standing in a small cup of water with the tip or nozzle down in the water. This prevents air from getting into the nozzle and drying the clay. Using cling film or Saran Wrap over the end also stops air getting to the clay and drying it out. A small piece of silver wire inserted into the nozzle can also prevent drying although it needs to be a good fit and it's best to also wrap this in cling film or put it back in the sealed packet it came in. Don't use a steel pin to seal it, steel reacts badly with the clay....
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....
How do I get small clay pieces to stick to a larger piece?
You should always use slip or water to stick two pieces of clay together. Although fresh damp clay may stick together, to be sure, you need to use water or slip between them. ...
What type of cores can I use to build my metal clay pieces?
Pretty much anything that's combustible and non-toxic can be used as a core to build metal clay pieces. Organic items like snacks, bread, cereal, pasta etc can be used to give support to a piece of work. ...
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....