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Keeping the Perfect Metal Clay Consistency

Presented by Lisa Pavelka, Award-Winning Artist, Author and Educator
Instructions by Andrew, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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Metal clay requires the proper consistency before working with it. When fresh, or in humid climates, let the clay dry out just a little bit before working with it so that it doesn't stick to tools. However, in a dryer climate, moisture may need to be added to the clay beforehand.
STEP 1
Place the clay onto a double-layer of plastic cling wrap. Apply a dab of water to your fingertip then apply the water onto the clay. This allows more control of the application of water to the clay.

Tips:
  • If possible, avoid using a spray bottle to apply water as this may add too much water and turn the clay to mud
  • Work the clay between a double-layer of plastic wrap as a single layer may be prone to tearing
  • Avoid touching the clay with bare hands as much as possible
STEP 2
Begin to work the clay between the plastic wrap by folding it over on itself. Press the clay between your fingers (with the plastic wrap as a barrier) to distribute the dab of water.

Open up the plastic wrap then fold the clay over itself again in a different direction. Repeat the folding process a couple of times until the clay is consistent throughout.

If the clay is still too dry, add another dab of water using your fingertips then repeat Steps 2 until the desired consistency is achieved.
STEP 3
When finished, twist the plastic wrap closed around any unused clay then place into a zip-lock bag. Metal clay stored this way can keep its consistency for several days or even weeks!

Tip: Wrap the clay with a damp paper towel to extend the working time of the clay.

Have a question regarding this project? Email Customer Service.

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