Art Chaotic Jewelry- Gold   Fine Silver   Copper   Bronze   Precious Metal Clay    Tribal  Nature-inspired   Eclectic   Trendy   Unusual   Ethnic   Whimsical   One-of-a-kind
Art Chaotic Jewelry- Gold   Fine Silver   Copper   Bronze   Precious Metal Clay    Tribal  Nature-inspired   Eclectic   Trendy   Unusual   Ethnic   Whimsical   One-of-a-kind
Art Chaotic Jewelry- Gold   Fine Silver   Copper   Bronze   Precious Metal Clay    Tribal  Nature-inspired   Eclectic   Trendy   Unusual   Ethnic   Whimsical   One-of-a-kind
Art Chaotic Jewelry- Gold   Fine Silver   Copper   Bronze   Precious Metal Clay    Tribal  Nature-inspired   Eclectic   Trendy   Unusual   Ethnic   Whimsical   One-of-a-kind
Art Chaotic Jewelry- Gold   Fine Silver   Copper   Bronze   Precious Metal Clay    Tribal  Nature-inspired   Eclectic   Trendy   Unusual   Ethnic   Whimsical   One-of-a-kind
Art Chaotic Jewelry- Gold   Fine Silver   Copper   Bronze   Precious Metal Clay    Tribal  Nature-inspired   Eclectic   Trendy   Unusual   Ethnic   Whimsical   One-of-a-kind
Art Chaotic Jewelry- Gold   Fine Silver   Copper   Bronze   Precious Metal Clay    Tribal  Nature-inspired   Eclectic   Trendy   Unusual   Ethnic   Whimsical   One-of-a-kind
Art Chaotic Jewelry- Gold   Fine Silver   Copper   Bronze   Precious Metal Clay    Tribal  Nature-inspired   Eclectic   Trendy   Unusual   Ethnic   Whimsical   One-of-a-kind
Art Chaotic Jewelry- Gold   Fine Silver   Copper   Bronze   Precious Metal Clay    Tribal  Nature-inspired   Eclectic   Trendy   Unusual   Ethnic   Whimsical   One-of-a-kind
Art Chaotic Jewelry- Gold   Fine Silver   Copper   Bronze   Precious Metal Clay    Tribal  Nature-inspired   Eclectic   Trendy   Unusual   Ethnic   Whimsical   One-of-a-kind
Art Chaotic Jewelry- Gold   Fine Silver   Copper   Bronze   Precious Metal Clay    Tribal  Nature-inspired   Eclectic   Trendy   Unusual   Ethnic   Whimsical   One-of-a-kind

As much as I would like to say everything I create is perfect, there is the odd occasion (wink!) when I produce something bordering on utter failure, at least as far as I am concerned. BUT all is not lost if I post my mistakes (and maybe even some accidental successes!) here for you to investigate! Much is written about Precious Metal Clay but until you've picked up the medium and actually gotten your fingers DIRTY, you just don't have a clue! Hope my notes can be the key to your success!

I have been told several times that overworked metal clay is not really suitable to use, especially after a lot of olive oil and debris has gotten mixed with it and made it sort of spongy. Not true!! What I do with this consistency of clay? I press it hard into a mold, clay imperfections and all, turn it out while it's still green but firm and then stamp a handmade eraser image into it and put a hole in it with a tiny straw (or insert one of RIO's embeddable eyes). I then fire it in my kiln (not torch fire) to make sure it is strong. Makes great handcast charms, especially if treated with rainbow oxidation and then polished to a high shine! I also use this overworked clay to make my .999 fine silver stamps and my signature stamps. Works great!

Another tip! If you are making something you are sure you want to repeat, make a cold mold BEFORE you fire your piece to get the identical size and shape. This only works on designs that don't have "foldovers" or lips. Be very careful removing your piece from the mold, you don't want to break it after all the hard work (that is why I prefer flexible molds instead of hard ones).

When using slip to cover bead media that you intend to burn out in your kiln, make sure you paste re-enforcing rings (just use a large straw and a smaller straw to make the rings, one for each opening of the bead for the easiest solution, although I like to use a variety of shapes), else your bead will be weak, prone to collapse and tend to damage whatever you string through it. Use at least 6 coats of slip, although I prefer 8-10 coats.

I just discovered a money-saving tip and had to pass it on to you! I use a magnetic barrel Super Mini to shine up my silver. Time and finger saving investment. However, it uses a burnishing liquid I always felt was rather expensive. I was running out of the liquid recently and decided to try a Target product, "Method" french lavendar hand wash. I just squirted a large drop into the clean water. Not only did it not foam, it cleaned everything much shinier and faster than the burnishing liquid. Saved myself around $10 and got better results!!

 

 

 

 

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