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Art Clay Silver. PREPARATION SILVER CLAY IS WATER-BASED AND DRIES NATURALLY IN THE AIR USE CLAY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER OPENING THE ORIGINAL PACKAGE ART CLAY SILVER SHRINKS DURING FIRING 10%. WET STAGE.

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Art clay silver

Art Clay Silver

PREPARATION

  • SILVER CLAY IS WATER-BASED AND DRIES NATURALLY IN THE AIR

  • USE CLAY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER OPENING THE ORIGINAL PACKAGE

  • ART CLAY SILVER SHRINKS DURING FIRING 10%


Wet stage

WET STAGE

  • Cut off us much clay as you need, and put the rest in a ziploc bag, or wrap up in cling film.

  • Put the clay you are going to use in some cling film and knead it gently for a few seconds, just to soften it a little before you start working.

  • If you are using cutters or rubberstamps, oil them slightly before use to stop them sticking to the clay.


Shape clay

SHAPE CLAY

Keep a small pot of water and a brush next to you. If you are using cutters or rubberstamps, oil them slightly before use.


Dry stage

DRY STAGE

  • Drying guideline for drying a piece up to 1mm thick, 5g:

    hot air dryer: 10 - 15 mins

    natural air drying method: more than 24hrs

  • If the piece is larger than this size, drying will need more time.

  • The dried clay will become hard like plaster, it is now ready for the process of drilling, filing and sanding.


Drying clay

DRYING CLAY

Heat gun 10-20 min

Air dry at least 24 hours


Firing

FIRING

  • Gas hob firing

  • Silver clay can be torched fired

  • Kiln fire at 650°C for 30 minutes.


Firing on gas hob

FIRING ON GAS HOB

After firing for 5 minutes, turn off the burner and let the piece cool on the net for about 15 minutes.


Finishing

FINISHING

  • The surface of the fired piece will be white. Close the surface of the fired clay (burnish it) to bring out the silver shine.

  • Do this with a stainless steel brush . If you want a higher shine, follow up with a metal burnisher.

  • Polish with polishing pads or metal polish and a lint free cloth.


Finishing clay

FINISHING CLAY

Polish with stainless brush, burnisher, polishing pads


Art clay ring making

ART CLAY RING MAKING

  • As Art Clay shrinks when fired, you need to make rings slightly larger than wanted.

  • Art Clay shrinks by volume - this means that a thicker and larger piece will shrink more than a small thin piece, as it contains more clay.


Wet clay

Wet clay

  • Wrap wooden mandrels with ring-sizing paper, a post-it or Teflon sheet where you’re making the ring, to stop it from sticking.

  • When the ring starts drying, ease it up slightly on the mandrel to allow for the slight shrinkage whilst drying.


Dry clay

Dry clay

  • When dry, remove the paper from the ring by wrapping it around itself, starting from the inside.

  • Don’t pull it off the ring as this can break a delicate ring. If it’s sticky, leave to dry a bit more.


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