What do I need for metal clay?

What do I need for metal clay?

Metal Clay Firing Kits Fine silver clays can be fired with a small butane torch, an enameling kiln, a tabletop jewelry kiln, or a gas burner. Other metal clay types, such as bronze and silver alloy clays, require a carbon firing.

Do you need a kiln for metal clay?

Some base metal clays (depending on their size) and almost all fine silver metal clays can be torch-fired rather than requiring a kiln. An inexpensive, handheld, butane torch can be used as an entry level firing method for small, simple pieces.

What is PMC metal clay?

PMC Silver Clay is a combination of water, binders, and small particles of either silver or gold. It is molded by hand into a desired shape then heated in a kiln or torch to remove the binder and fuse the metal powder into a solid form.

How much is metal clay?

Typical costs: A 20 gram package of silver metal clay runs around $25-$40; 50 gram packages are $65-$75. Gold metal clay runs $230-$280 for 5 grams and $350-$400 for 10 grams. A small hand-crafted solid bead would use about two grams of clay, about $2.50-$4 in silver and $70-$115 in gold metal clay.

How do you fire metal clay at home?

Light your butane hand torch and set to a blue flame. Hold the torch about 2cm away from your design, moving the flame in a circular motion around the piece. Gradually move the flame closer to the PMC as you make that circular motion. As you heat the PMC you’ll notice that it will start to smoke and then catch fire.

What types of metal clay are there?

There are several types of metal clay available: fine silver, silver alloy, gold, gold alloy, copper, bronze and steel. Each type of metal clay has unique firing requirements because each metal has a different melting point.

What is the best silver metal clay?

Fine Silver

Product Type Characteristics Available Types
PMC3™ Precious Metal Clay • Strongest fine-silver clay from PMC • Sintering achieved in less time and at lower temperature than PMC+ • Good to use when embedding items in the clay • Available in a starter kit • Lump clay • Paste • Syringe

What is the difference between art clay silver and PMC?

Yes, all three versions yield the same metal, 100% silver. The difference is not in the ingredients but in the shape of the particles. Original PMC is made with flake‑like particles that allow room for the binder, which gives the material its workability. PMC+ is made with a particle with more neatly defined edges.

What is PMC clay?

Precious metal clay (or PMC) is just what it sounds like: fine silver or gold ground extremely small and suspended in a binder to create clay. Just like what you played with as a kid. For novice jewelry makers, learning to create with precious metal clay is easy.

What kind of tools do you use to make metal clay?

We carry a variety of cutting tools, such as clay punches that make it easy for you to create uniform shapes and holes in your metal clay designs. We have texture sheets that make quick and easy for you to embellish and create eye-catching patterns on your metal clay workpieces.

Do you have texture sheets for metal clay workpieces?

We have texture sheets that make quick and easy for you to embellish and create eye-catching patterns on your metal clay workpieces. For jewelers new to working with metal clay and need a simple way to get started, we offer a selection of kits designed for PMC ® —the advanced PMC ® kit with kiln is a great option.

Can metal clay be used for jewelry?

Create metal jewelry with exquisite detail. Metal clay can be shaped and textured using inexpensive tools, then fired to become nearly pure precious metal jewelry. Delphi is proud to carry both PMC and Art Clay brands.

Can Delphi clay be fired in a glass kiln?

Delphi Tip: Low fire metal clay and ideal firing range to be combined with Dichroic or Fusible Glass when fired in your glass kiln. Add color accents to any metal project with Metal Enamels .