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.
What can I do with my already fired mistakes?

Often what you had in mind for a piece doesn't match the reality when it comes out of the kiln. In this case, you have several options.

If you really hate the piece and don't want to wait, you can get it recycled by sending it to a scrap service. In the UK, major jewellery suppliers offer scrap services like Cooksons in the UK or Cascade Refining in the US. It's worth keeping a scrap pot in your work area so you can collect your scrap.

Often, you may find that although a piece didn't work for your original idea, it may be usable in other work. By keeping the piece on your work table, you may find inspiration strikes.

You can connect a fired piece of metal clay to unfired designs by using thick slip, a lump of clay or a mechanical connection like a rivet. You can also attach two fired pieces of metal clay by using Art Clay Oil Paste or metal clay mixed with lavendar oil.


Print  Email  Save  Comments  Notify Me  Delete from Favorites 
Article ID: 10015 Article Created: 06-11-2008 09:29 AM

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

Most Recently Viewed Articles
How do I remove Liver of Sulphur patina from specific areas of my work only?
There are various ways of shining up certain bits of your work after adding a Liver of Sulphur patina. ...
How can I get a good brass brush effect on very small pieces?
You can buy very small brushes which get into small spaces. Very small burnishing tools also work well to close the pores of the surface of the silver....
How do I stop tumbler shot getting into my hollow forms?
Put a piece of wire or a pipecleaner through the hole and twist it to secure. That way the hole is filled and the shot can’t get in....
Can I fire very large Cubic Zirconias or lab created stones in a kiln?
CZ’s and lab created stones should be fine fired in a kiln in PMC3. The creation process involves high heat and pressure so the stones have already been subjected to much more than you will be putting them through in the kiln. If the stone can be fired, it shouldn’t matter what size it is.    ...
Where can I buy investment in the UK?
Cooksons or Walsh...
What is the shrinkage of metal clay?
The different brands and varieties of metal clay shrink at different rates giving metal clay artists a great range of options....
Aura 22 Tip from Celie Fago
This tip was received by Judi Weers directly from Celie Fago. This was posted on the Yahoo! Metal Clay Group and is courtesy of Judi Weers...
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....
What can I do with lots of slip?
There are a number of things you can use slip for apart from the usual things. ...
How do I use metal clay with bisque beads?
Painting bisque beads with slip can produce some wonderful results. ...