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Topics: Glass, Metal Clay

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Can I fire glass and metal at the same time? I would like to combine the 2 in 1 piece.
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Topics: Metal Clay, Dried

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I had some left over Art Clay and wrapped it back into the original packaging. When I went to work with it again a few weeks later, it crumbled. I added some water and put it back in the packaging but it is still in pieces. Can you suggest another way of reconstituting it?
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Topics: Metal Clay, Breakage

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After firing PMC clay earrings I decided to try to bend a corner of one of them and it snapped off! Was it not fired long enough? Is there any way to make a new piece and fire it on the existing earring?
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Topics: Metal Clay, Soldering

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I'm looking to create bezel settings in my art clay pieces. Can silver solder be used to attach sterling to fine silver? I've also seen a product called oil paste which is meant for bonding fired pieces together...Does it bond only fine silver together or can it bond sterling as well?
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Topics: Metal Clay, Stamps, Molds

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I am interested in creating my own jewelry company. I have started out by making bracelets, however I need to separate my bracelets from other bracelet makers. I have many ideas of beads I want to design myself but am not sure how to go about getting them created. For example, some companies have their logos as pendants on a lot of their jewelry. I want to make a logo pendant for my bracelets but am not sure how to "create" it. Are there jewelry supply companies that can make my logo into a pendant or is this something I have to create on my own?
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Topics: Metal Clay, Firing

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I just bought a new kiln and have tried the time and temperature listed, but my pieces are coming out not completely fired. How do I adjust the time and temperature without ruining more silver and copper clay?
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Topics: Metal Clay, Firing

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I recently got the Art Clay kit with my order and have followed all of the instructions that came with the kit and viewed the video. The clay is not firing as the instructions say it will and turned immediately to metal and then to black. Once it was heated to the pink glow that it stated in the video, I set my timer for 2-1/2 minutes like it said ... then before the time was up the clay liquified and turned to metal.
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Topics: Metal Clay, Design

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I have been asked to make some silver "teardrops", which I plan to do using PMC. The person wants to be able to engrave a name on each teardrop. Please tell me how many playing cards thick I should make each one in order for the finished piece to be engraveable. Thank you.
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Topics: Metal Clay, Firing, Hot Pot

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I have a hot pot that fires silver clay with pellet stove gel. Do I have to use PMC3 or can I use Art Clay? Is there a difference in the clay itself or does it just depend on the size/grams?
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Topics: Metal Clay, Firing

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I've heard that small PMC pieces can be fired using a torch. How is this done and how do I tell when it's fully fired?
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Topics: Metal Clay, Design, Firing

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I want to make a bracelet that is not a bangle but one that doesn't touch each side. What can I use to mold and fire on?
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Topics: Gemstones, Settings, Metal Clay

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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?
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Topics: Metal Clay, Toxicity

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I see people handling Metal Clay bare handed in videos. Isn't there a toxicity issue?
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Topics: Metal Clay; Fine Silver

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Can Hill Tribes items be fired with metal clay? This is technically fine silver; but, will it mess up any design?
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Topics: Metal Clay, Mold

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How can you prevent open, unused silver clay from turning moldy? We have the unused silver wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, sealed with masking tape to keep the plastic wrap from coming loose. Then we place the silver in an air tight rubber maid container with a sponge that is wet. Does it just turn moldy over time or is there something different we should be doing?
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Topics: Metal Clay, Combinations

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Can I use different metal clays on the same piece. I. E. bronze, copper, and or silver?
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Topics: Art Clay®, Ring

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I recently made a ring out of Art Clay silver, and can't get it off the mandrel! I've found a lot of suggestions for preventing Art Clay from sticking in the future, but none that help me fix what's already been done. How do I get my ring free without breaking it or having to start over?
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Topics: Metal Clay, Firing Stones in Place

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What are the temperature settings and length of time for your kiln, for a silver piece with cubic zirconia gems in it?
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Topics: Metal Clay, Paste

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If I want to make a small amount of paste from my Silver Art Clay, someone told me to mix it with some kind of oil. What kind of oil?
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Topics: Apoxie Sculpt, Metal Clay

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Is it safe to put Apoxie® Sculpt (two part epoxy) onto Art Clay once it has been fired?
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