Good morning everyone, today I'm writing about my experience of torch firing art clay silver metal clay with a heart shaped faceted rhodolite garnet.
I cut out the art clay silver (new formula) in an oval and then added the rhodolite garnet but also syringed around the heart to ensure that it would not fall out of the clay and would remain 'set' firmly. I also used a skeleton leaf to imprint a pattern onto the clay before inserting the garnet faceted stone.
This was then torch fired using a gas torch - see video below obtaining the right salmon-pink colour before firing for approximately 2 minutes (see further photographs). I then removed the fire scale with a wire brush and then put the item into the tumbler for approximately 2-3 hours in order to give the piece a high shine.
Lastly, I plan to make a ring shank to attach to the oval which I will add further photos of to this blog post, so please do keep an eye out.
Thank you for reading and please do comment below or if you have any que...
Hello folks, I've been meaning to do this post for a while as I started this technique in the Summer, so apologies for the delay!. Here is a short video showing my use of the non-toxic wood clay which burns off when fired with your precious metal clay.
I used the star cutters to make 3D pmc stars which I then placed over the wood clay and fired. Here are the results of my fired clay pieces. Please note that when the wood clay is fired in a kiln it burns off, giving a slight smoky smell but leaves a three dimensional fine silver shape which you then brush off the fire scale from before putting into the tumbler in order to shine up. These are the results below.