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Topics: Gemstones, Settings, Metal Clay

I have many large uncalibrated stones. I would like to create my own mounts with Artclay. Will the prongs bend and not be too brittle for setting the stones after firing?
- Susan
After firing, metal clay is very malleable and not brittle as long as the firing was completed successfully. Silver metal clay is 0.999% silver and termed fine-silver which is much softer than sterling since there is no copper or other metals present.

- Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator


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