Say Goodbye to Cracked Silver Clay Projects

October 22nd, 2010 by wys

Silver clay? What the hell is that? Is it clay made out of silver?
Silver clay, precious metal clay, art metal clay, and art clay silver are all different terms and makes of “clay” that can be magically turned into silver and gold.

These unique metal clays have been about since the 1990’s. Jewellery artists and hobbyists can now mold and form precious metal as easily as pottery clay.

Jewelry making of course has a long history. The difference nowadays is that you now do not have to hammer or cast your metal to make jewelry if you don’t need to. Silver clay now makes it straightforward to make real metal forms without these standard techniques.

Here is how it operates. Gold and silver metal clays are made from fine metal particles suspended in an organic binder. This binder lets you mold and shape the clay as you would potter’s clay. Once you are happy with the form, you let your project dry for a minimum of 24 hours ( or even more ). You then fire it in a kiln or by employing a hand torch. The binder burns away, leaving the fused metal behind in the form you shaped it.

Before you grab a lump of silver clay and go at it though, you will want to keep one or two guidelines under consideration. Silver clay isn’t cheap, so you do not want to waste it.

Tips for Working With Silver Clay

Here are a number of tips for working with silver clay :

–>Metal clays shrink 10-30% when fired. Be certain to test your package for shrinkage levels particularly if you’re making rings or other objects that must be precise fits.
–>Not all metal clays can be hand torch fired. If you will not be using a kiln be sure to check that your kind of silver clay is “low fire”.
–>Only tiny pieces should be torch fired. Pieces bigger than 25g should be kiln fired.
Silver clay is not cheap. The gold version particularly is terribly pricey. Be certain to shop rigorously and follow instructions carefully so you don’t waste your cash futilely.

  • Metal clay is water soluble and can be slipped with water. Keep a tiny bowl of water or a spritzer at hand while you’re employed. If it starts to dry out while working, you are able to add a little bit of water to dampen it.
  • To store metal clay between uses, be certain to spritz with water and wrap it well with plastic wrap.
  • You can improve drying time by placing your piece in a low heat oven. ( 150-200 degrees fahrenheit ). Pieces finely than your palm usually take about 24 hours to fully dry and harden without the stove treatment.

Now that you have some silver clay suggestions, I bet you are psyched. You wish to work with this inventive material now! What will you make first?

Want to discover more about precious metal clay? Read more of my silver clay articles.

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