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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Precious Metal Clay on: October 27, 2006 07:12:30 AM
You can use regular slip.  I would paint one coat over the crack, then let it dry, and paint another coat, let it dry...and repeat until the crack is filled.  Then smooth it with sandpaper and refire.

You can also roll a snake of regular clay and use that to fill in the cracking.  Then smooth it with sandpaper and refire.

Hope that helps!

I tried using slip to repair some cracks and after I fired it the layer kind of flaked off.... why do you think that happened? Do you have to sand the surface before you apply the slip? It was a flat surface, so maybe when it shrank in the kiln it just couldn't cover the area and peeled away from it??  I wish I had a picture of it...
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Precious Metal Clay on: October 26, 2006 07:52:46 PM
Art Clay Silver sells a product called oil paste that will adhere to already fired metal clay. You can brush it over the cracks, smooth and sand, and then fire the piece again.
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: pickling solution on: October 07, 2006 05:34:43 PM
ok, this has happened to me... just add some water and stir with a plastic spoon until the pickle re-disolves and then add the baking soda etc... you might want to transfer the pickle to a larger plastic container before you add the baking soda... that way you have more space.
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: pickling solution on: October 05, 2006 07:07:52 AM
This is not a stupid question! It is important to be safe, especially when handling chemicals. Yes, it would be VERY bad to pour used pickle down the drain. You need to first neutralize the acid with baking soda. Be very careful when you do this though, the chemical reaction causes a huge volcanic like foam. Just keep adding baking soda a little at a time until there is no more reaction. Then you can let the contents dry out and dispose of in the garbage. A word of caution: I always wear a mask when I do this because the foaming gives off this nasty mist that you do not want to inhale.
Hope this helps!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: A question about jewelry etching on: September 28, 2006 06:29:36 AM
There are a few different acid solutions that will etch metal. It depends on what type of metal you are etching.  Here is a link that explains the process. http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/etching.htm
I know you can order the solution from Rio Grande (www.riogrande.com).
Good Luck!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Green Polka Dot mini dress on: August 19, 2006 07:19:57 AM
I LOVE this dress! Just one question... if you had to guesstimate how many hours it took to make... what would that be?
I would love to try something like this, but the time consumption has me a little wary.... well, that and my sewing skills are crap.
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fine Silver swirling brooch with a million CZs! Precious Metal Clay (PMC) on: August 16, 2006 02:58:00 PM

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craftsurge, I find I have the best control over my LOS if I keep my silver object hot and make sure the LOS is warm.  I've also had good luck applying it with a paintbrush. 

Are you a metalsmith too?

Thanks for the tips!... I don't think I would call myself a metalsmith. I am a metalsmith "in training". I am having a lot of fun learning though. Hopefully my website will be up soon.

18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fine Silver swirling brooch with a million CZs! Precious Metal Clay (PMC) on: August 15, 2006 05:42:51 PM
That is GORGEOUS!!!!!!! LOVE the coloring... that is talent! LOS can be tricky... if i could get my colors to look that good I would use it more often.
What type of fastener did you use for the back?
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Precious Metal Clay on: August 13, 2006 04:15:40 PM
So, I tried this idea again, feeling a bit more confident... I just decorated the outside of a bead I made using a syringe of Art Clay Silver and Dipped it into the microbeads. I tried 2 different colors this time with similar color changing results. I think I am going to test some new colors in a kiln and see what happens to them. I like the way this came out though, it has sort of an olive green hue to it. (hard to tell from the pictures) The first shot is a before shot so you can see what color the beads were before the firing.

20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Precious Metal Clay on: August 13, 2006 01:44:51 PM
Little experiment...

I tried to include some micro glass beads in a piece and it turned out pretty interesting....

one of these is treated with Liver of sulfer (the one on the right) -
the microbeads were green and came out orange-y yellow from the kiln.
I might try it again and do a better job placing them next time

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