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 you find the balance point on a pendant?
Have some copper wire, craft wire and some polymer clay handy.
 
When the pendant is in the greenware stage and you have it totally finished. No more sanding, adding, carving or using a damp cosmetic sponge.  Really dry.
 
Make a simple loop of the wire. Have just one end sticking out. Drill a small hole 1/3 of the way down from the top in the back of the pendant. You do have to have somewhat of an idea of the directionality of the work.
 
Working over a soft surface, bubble wrap, layers of cloth bend a 90 degree in the end of the wire and stick it in the hole you made in the back of the pendant.  Since it is just one hole, gravity will decide which direction your bail Will be put. 
 
If you do not like the way it hangs, make a new hole and try again. It will only take a minute to fill those holes back up and the resulting look of the whole jewelry piece will make the time  so worthwhile.
 
Oh, the loop in the wire is for ease of handling.

And, the polymer clay is for those who change their mind after the work is fired.  Make a loop with the pc and smash the ends on the back. Use your wire end, as a substitute chain to see how the piece will hang. If the piece is too heavy it might not work. If that is the case, drill holes and test how it hangs and then re-fire with the holes filled and the new bail in place.

Lorrene


Print  Email  Save  Comments  Notify Me  Delete from Favorites 
Article ID: 10081 Article Created: 02-26-2009 15:43 PM

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

Most Recently Viewed Articles
What is Bronze Clay?
Bronzclay™ was launched at the PMC Conference in July 2008. Several classes were run by Celie Fago and Hadar Jacobson prior to the conference. Both Celie and Hadar had been involved in experimenting with Bronzclay™ in collaboration with the inventor Bill Streuve. ...
Can I use Art Clay and PMC in the same design?
As long as you use appropriate firing times and temperatures and take into account the differences in shrinkage, you can use products from both brands in a design, just as you can use different types of clay from the same brand in a design. ...
How do I use metal clay with bisque beads?
Painting bisque beads with slip can produce some wonderful results. ...
What natural stones can I fire in place with metal clay?
Being able to push stones into metal clay and fire them in place is a real advantage. Not all natural stones can be fired in place though. Kevin Whitmore from Rio Grande has done extensive testing of stones with metal clay. ...
What is the process for firing Copper clay with Dichroic glass?
The original copper clay (Copprclay or Hadar's clay) that needs to be fired in carbon can't really be combined with glass in one firing. The glass would pick up the carbon during firing . You could design something that allowed you to connect the glass element after the initial firing, like a traditional prong setting.  There are several reasons why Art Clay Copper Clay or Hadar\'s Quick Fire Copper Clay won\'t work with glass. It needs to be fired at a high temperature so the glass would probably liquify too much. Also the Art Clay Copper works best if you put it in a hot kiln so this would crack the glass due to thermal shock. After firing, it has to be dropped into cold water, another reason why it can\'t be used with glass. Question courtesy of Susan Potter...
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....
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....
How do I add pearls to my metal clay creations?
Adding pearls, which can't be fired in place, is a simple process but requires certain rules to be followed. This posting from Pam East on the Yahoo! Metal Clay group outlines that process....
What should I do before I open the packet?
As metal clay begins to dry as soon as you open it, you should be prepared before you open the packet....
What is Cubic Zirconia?
A hard and relatively inexpensive synthetic stone, created in laboratories and often cut to resemble a diamond. It is available in a variety of colours and different shapes....