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I notice that after firing my Art Clay with a torch, it no longer lies flat (when it was flat before firing). Am I firing too long, or not long enough?

Warping or distortion often happens if the flame of a torch is concentrated for too long in one part of the piece or when a piece is too large to be...

Is it possible to fire Swarovski crystals with Art Clay or PMC (as you can with CZs) without harm to the stone?

You cannot fire Swarovski crystals into any metal clay; they will melt causing the crystal to lose its facets and sometimes distort the color at the...

What is Art Clay Silver Oil Paste used for? And what is the bottle of clear liquid that comes with it used for?

Art Clay® Silver oil paste is an oil-based product, specifically made to use on already fired silver pieces. oil paste is used like a solder and is...

I would like to do more advanced wire combinations. Is it possible to soft solder plated gold/silver wire with itself or in combinations without color change or depletion of the plating? Thank you,

Depending upon the amount of heat generated, applying heat from a conventional torch to plated metals will deplete the plating and discolor the...

I have some beautiful flatwear that I have found at estate auctions but not sure of process. How do I make spoon rings and what tools are needed?

You will need to cut, file, anneal and form the metal to create a "wrap" ring.Using a ring sizer, determine the size of the ringDetermine the length...

Can I solder jumprings with the Microtorch?

The Microtorch was designed to work with solder and flux to solder precious metal items together, and it will indeed solder jumprings (including the...

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...

What are the pros and cons of using a jewelry tumbler for polishing jewelry as opposed to a hand held rotary tool?

Both tools are very helpful in different ways. The biggest advantage to using a jewelry tumbler is you can tumble numerous items at one time and walk...

What flux can you use with solder wire? I'm planning on using 24 ga tarnish resistant copper wire. Thanks,

Self-pickling flux is a boric-acid/ammonium chloride liquid flux which will work well with most non-ferrous metals and solder wire. The goal of the...

Can I use different metal clays on the same piece, e.g. bronze, copper, and or silver?

Yes you can use different clays together however they cannot be fired together in the "clay" state. You must form, finish and fire one clay type...

Can I fire glass and metal at the same time? I would like to combine the 2 in 1 piece.

Yes, you can co-fire metal clay and glass in a kiln. When working with the two materials, metal clay and glass, the lower firing temperature clays...

I love the look of hand hammered brass washers from the hardware store. Do you have any tricks or tools for texturing both sides?

You can use metal stamps for both sides, one side at a time, or you can use texturing hammers, again one side at a time. This should work well for...

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 have old brass curved tube beads in varying sizes. I want to cut or file some of the outside edge of the curve to expose a little cord inside. Do I use a file, a jeweler's saw? What type of blade or file? Thank you.

If you want a slice cut out of the metal, a jeweler saw would be a good tool to use as it will cut through the metal rather easily. Jeweler's files...

I'm looking for information on mixing different metals within one jewelry piece. Specifically, I'm wondering if there would be any bad reactions between brass and sterling silver. Is there somewhere I can find that kind of information? Thanks.

There's no problem in mixing brass and sterling silver on the same piece of jewelry.The only thing you may find you'll be dealing with eventually, as...

I'm new to the jewelry scene and was wondering about the tumblers that are available. Does a tumbler work for all metals, including precious metal? What is the difference between a jewelry tumbler and a rock tumbler?

The Lortone Model 3A is a rotary rock and jewelry tumbler with a rubber barrel that uses different media to grind, work-harden and/or polish metal...

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 am interested in working with metal clay but was wondering if there is a difference between the silver clay and the pure silver that you can buy. Also, if I sold a piece of silver made from the clay, would I have to make a special note of it to...

Art Clay® metal clay is made up of fine silver particles suspended in a water-based clay. The clay burns up during firing and what remains is a piece...

I want to create a thin metal setting to go around a variety of different stones and crystals ... to make them shape specific in a gold plate or copper color. Do I need to use bronze/copper clay for that or buy a thin sheet of metal and cut it to...

Metal clay is very versatile; its easy to shape around components such as stones and crystals. Some metal clay works with fine silver or sterling...

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...

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