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
How can I stop metal clay sticking to my hands and tools?
There are several ways of preventing the sticking of metal clay....
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....
Tips and Hints on using UV Resin
The following tips and hints were posted on the Yahoo! Metal Clay Group by Linda at Laughing Girl Arts...
What can I do with lots of slip?
There are a number of things you can use slip for apart from the usual things. ...
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 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....
How do you make hinges?
This article contains information about resources for making hinges....
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. ...
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....
Can the Art Clay Silver 650 be fired in a Hot Pot?
Yes...