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« Reply #110 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.

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« Reply #111 on: October 26, 2006 05:46:32 PM »

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to repair cracks in already fired PMC?  I thought I had repaired them before hand but now that my piece has been fired I can see them.
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« Reply #112 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.
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« Reply #113 on: October 26, 2006 08:10:02 PM »

Thanks.  I've read about oil paste, but didn't know that it was used for cracks. Do you think that regular slip could be used to repair cracks as well?
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« Reply #114 on: October 26, 2006 08:37:54 PM »

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.

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« Reply #115 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...
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« Reply #116 on: October 29, 2006 02:12:44 PM »

I used slip and then pressed clay into the cracks.  I hope it works!  I will post back after it dries and I refine and refire it.
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« Reply #117 on: October 29, 2006 11:15:36 PM »

i have a question for those who works with PMC alot.. is it possible to have rings with PMC? my idea is to have our first rings casted with PMC so the design can be unique. but i am not sure about if the PMC is durable enough to have it as something this important.. i would love to be sure that it wont break or something... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #118 on: November 03, 2006 10:33:21 AM »

Thanks for reading me! 

2 questions -

do you need to have a kiln or can you just bake it in the oven?

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do you need to have a tumbler to achieve the shiny finish?

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« Reply #119 on: November 03, 2006 07:01:07 PM »

Tinybits, it is possible to make rings with PMC, and I have seen some really cool results that are durable.  However, there are many many ways to create a unique design in metal.  Since you mentioned casting, I'm not sure if you might be interested in actually making wax ring models that could be cast in silver.  Cast silver does have a higher density than PMC (and is therefore more durable).

Babychel, regular ovens don't get hot enough to fire pmc, but you may not need a kiln.  Some artists torch fire their pieces or use really small kilns made especially for pmc.  I did a quick search, and you can see the types of kilns here: http://www.silver-clay.com/nmclay-bin/shop1.pl/page=Kilns.htm/SID=PUT_SID_HERE

Tumblers are definitely the easiest way to get a shiny finish on your piece.  But you can also make it shiny by brushing your piece with a steel or brash brush (and soapy water) or burnishing it with a burnishing tool.

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