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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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