Size: The finished design should be no larger than a half dollar. Anything larger should be fired in a kiln.
Condition: The clay needs to be completely dry otherwise it will crack, pop and possibly break apart during firing with a torch or kiln.
Firing: During firing it is helpful to dim the lights so you can see the colors accurately. The color you are looking for is a peachy-salmon color--not pink or red. Once at the peachy color, start the timer set at 2-1/2 minutes. Try to hold this peachy color consistently. If the metal turns more toward red, pull the torch back to let the metal cool, a little. If you start to see any shine or flash, you have passed red and are now at a phase where the metal will melt--pull back a lot and let the metal cool a little. Continue heating but at the peachy color.
- Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator
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