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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?

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...

Can I cross the gold precious metal clay with some of the copper to successfully have rosegold precious metal clay?

These two clays are not compatible. Their firing requirements are very different; copper oxidizes while the gold does not; their binders are very...

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?

Determine the size of the bracelet you want and factor in shrinkage during firing to ensure a good fit after firing. Art-Clay® shrinks an average of...

I see people handling Metal Clay bare handed in videos. Isn't there a toxicity issue?

Metal Clay is non-toxic and safe for handling with your bare hands. Some people like to wear dust masks when filing and sanding dry Metal Clay, or to...

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?

Your metal clay design should be no larger than a silver dollar to be fired using a torch. It cannot include glass inclusions or gemstones (safe for...

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

1650-degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours in a kiln is usually safe for most cubic zirconias. Not all cubic zirconias have the same results though, so it...

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

Fine silver can withstand a firing temperature of 1650 degrees Fahrenheit and should not lose texture, features, etc. However, if the items are...

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...

You can custom design metal beads and components with precious and pure metal clays including PMC®, BRONZclay™ and COPPRclay™. Once you have your...

I have a small star sapphire and I wanted to make it into a ring using the Art Clay Silver. The gem chart that lists the characteristics of gemstones and indicates which ones are safe to fire in a kiln, lists normal sapphires but it doesn't list...

It isn't safe to fire star sapphires in a kiln as they will crumble to dust due to the extreme heat and nature of a star sapphire. You will need to...

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?

Each kiln fires differently, and results can vary according to ramp times and where the pieces are placed in the firing pan (for PMC PRO™, BRONZclay™...

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...

Place the clay into a suitable receptacle, and using a tool, break the dried clay into as tiny pieces as is possible. I like to work in a very sturdy...

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...

It is the water being added in any handling or storage that is most likely causing the problem. Distilled water is the best water to use when...

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...

Adding water to the ring band will soften the clay and help relieve some of the tension being applied to the mandrel from the ring which occurs when...

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...

Yes, Art Clay® Silver can successfully be soldered with silver solder--please be sure to follow proper soldering safety, including having good...

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?

Your earrings were not correctly fired or sintered. Each package of clay comes with firing instructions and it's advisable to do a test fire before...

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...

3 - 4 cards thick will work if the engraving is being done using a tool that leaves a shallow impression, like the engraving pen.If the tool being...

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?

Hot pots are designed for use with low fire metal clay--PMC3® and Art Clay® 650 both fit the bill. The two brands of clay are different in a few...

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