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Topics: Metal Clay, Stones

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I'm interested in embedding very tiny CZ's in a PMC pendant. The stones are too small to use pliers to pick up so not sure how to do this.
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Topics: Art Clay, Swarovski Crystals

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Is it possible to fire Swarovski crystals with Art Clay or PMC (as you can with CZs) without harm to the stone?
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Topics: Art Clay, Bail, Sea Glass

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In the art clay tutorial it shows a piece being created that has a bail, how is the bail attached? Does it adhere during the firing process? Also I work a lot with sea glass, any suggestion on how to accommodate for shrinkage, or will the glass withstand the firing process. Thanks.
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Topics: Art Clay, Shelf Life

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I bought some silver Art Clay some years ago, it's never been opened. Do you know if it can still be used? I would be firing it with a butane torch. Thanks!
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Topics: Art Clay®, Warping, Firing

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I notice that after firing my Art Clay with a torch, it no longer lies flat (when it was flat before firing). Am I firing too long, or not long enough?
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Topics: Art Clay® Durability

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How durable is the jewelry made from Art Clay®? Can you sell it as handmade jewelry and know it will last?
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Topics: Art Clay® Toxicity and Durability with Dog Tags

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I'm interested in making a line of tags for dog collars out of the art clay. Is there any reason I shouldn't use this sort of medium (toxicity, etc.)? I'm also curious as to its durability. Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Topics: Art Clay® Is Pure Silver

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I am interested in working with metal clay but was wondering if there is a difference between the silver clay and the pure silver that you can buy. Also, if I sold a piece of silver made from the clay, would I have to make a special note of it to the customer or could I just say it is pure silver?
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Topics: Setting Marcasite in Art Clay®

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I'm interested in doing silver clay jewelry. What's the best way to get started? I love marcasite. Can I put them in the silver clay and then heat or is it best to glue them in later. Would I use jewelry glue or slip?
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Topics: Gemstone Safety with Art Clay® Silver

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I have a small star sapphire and I wanted to make it into a ring using the Art Clay Silver. The gem chart that lists the characteristics of gemstones and indicates which ones are safe to fire in a kiln, lists normal sapphires but it doesn't list star sapphires. Is it safe to fire them in place or do they need to be set after the piece has been fire?
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Topics: Using Toilet Paper Tubes

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We've saved the cardboard tubes from toilet paper and paper towels for a long time--I've done a lot of craft projects with my kids and am looking for a new idea--do you have anything that we can use them for that would incorporate Art Clay® or Kato Polyclay™?
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Topics: Art Clay® Bangles

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Can Art Clay® be used to create bangle bracelets? If so, approximately how many packs of clay would I need?
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Topics: Using 5-Minute Mold Making Compound

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I have just recently gotten into experimenting with polymer clays. I remember hearing or reading somewhere, before I got into clay, that there is a two part mold-making material that is intended for clay use. I'd like to make some of my own molds. What are my options that will complement the nature and characteristics of the clay?
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Topics: Using Art Clay® Silver Oil Paste

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What is Art Clay Silver Oil Paste used for? And what is the bottle of clear liquid that comes with it used for?
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Topics: Firing Art Clay® with a Butane Torch

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Can I fire Art Clay® with a butane torch?
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