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Topics: Embellishment

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How should I use Gilders Paste on polymer clay?
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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, Polishing

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I work in bronze clay and I find that after firing the metal is dull even after polishing. I even changed the carbon recently. Can you tell me a solution to this problem?
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Topics: Polymer Clay, Repair

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I'm new to polymer clay but I know I'll be able to use my cake decorating skills to sculpt some really neat flowers for my jewelry. When making a design that is several pieces put together, is there anything special that I need to do to ensure that my work doesn't fall apart after it's baked? Or do the pieces bond together while they are baking?
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Topics: Jewelry Art Supplies, Polymer Clay

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I have several colors of Kato Polyclay that have hardened in the air. Can I return them to their original texture?
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Topics: Glues and Adhesives, Glue Foil

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Can glue foil be used on raw polyclay and then baked? If so should it be covered with a thin sheet of translucent clay or glazed after baking. Can it be used in the mokume-gane technique?
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Topics: Kato Polyclay™, Liquid Polyclay

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On the back cover of the June 2011 Craft n' Things there is an ad for your catalog featuring the art of Carol Blackburn using colored liquid polymer clay. Where do I find the instructions for this technique. Thank you.
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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: Kato Polyclay™, Liquid

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I watched the video about creating the clear flexible sheet out of the Kato Polyclay clear liquid, but I'm wondering exactly how to use the end product as a cabochon or pendant, like was shown at the end of the video. Any tips or ideas? Thanks!
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Topics: Polymer Clay

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Can you put sand into polymer clay and bake it? I have someone who wants beads from a Florida trip made with sand.
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Topics: Metal Clay, Polymer Clay, Firing

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During a recent shopping trip I bought three containers of what was grouped with the metal clay supplies in a local hobby and craft store. The product brand is Pardo and the company web site gives the product as the metal listed combined with beeswax to help hold shape until firing. Firing is supposed to be done in a home or convection oven at 266 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) for 30 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness. I bought one jar of gold, one jar of silver and one jar of bronze. My questions; how does this product match up to the other metal clay products on the market? Could this product be fired using a torch instead of an oven? And how might this product stand up long-term in items crafted with any of the clays purchased?Thank you.
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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: Kato Polyclay™, Curing, Swarovski crystals

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Can we safely "fire" Swarovski crystals on polymer clay (not PMC) which fires at approx. 300 deg. for 30 minutes? These will be flat back, but not the hot stick type. Also, color stability at those temps. Thanks,
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Topics: Kato Polyclay™, Curing

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I don't have any problems baking kato poly clay except when it comes to the translucent clay. It just turns yellow! What am I doing wrong?
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