Hello! I'm looking into trying PMC/Art Clay Silver and I want to know more about firing it.. I don't particularly want to spend a lot of money on a kiln specifically for it, but I think I would be uncomfortable with a torch.. (Perhaps I could have someone help who isn't though.)
I have a small ceramics kiln in my garage, does anyone know if this would work for pmc/acs? It hasn't been used in a while, so it would probably need to be cleaned and checked to make sure it worked properly but that would definately be less expensive than buying a new one.
One more thing, how much filing/sandoing/buffing is actually needed? Starter kits come with lots of various tools, but how many of them are actually important? Can I use tools that I've been using for polymer clay?
thanks for reading all that!
I have never used a ceramics kiln for PMC, but as long as your kiln can achieve the proper firing temp (and hold it there for the necessary time), I think it would work. I think the main disadvantage is that even a small ceramics kiln is probably a lot larger than a jewelers kiln, thus takes more time and money to heat it...
I think the starter kits are very helpful, but there are definitely other options. Look at the tools in the starter kit, and see what you have that you could use instead. Then just experiment!
One thing to remember is that you should do as much finishing as possible before
you fire the piece. It is much easier to sand hardened clay than a fine silver object. When you are sanding clay, you can use fine sandpapers or emery boards/nail files. If you find a rough edge after the piece has been fired, you'll need small files and sandpaper to smooth it.
Also, when fired PMC comes out of the kiln, it has a white look to it. The silver needs to be burnished to look shiney. Many people do this by tumbling their work, but you can also rub the piece with a burnishing tool.
Good luck--let us know how everything goes!