Hi, it’s Heather (Bell Denison) a.k.a. Fine Silver Girl here. I will be guest bloggin’ on Sundays. I am one of the metal clay Instructors at BeadFX. I fell in love with metal clay several years ago when I took my first metal clay class at BeadFX with Jennifer Tough.
Since then have spent many hours playing with all types of metal clays and I have become a Senior Certifying Art Clay Instructor. This all means that I have a lot of metal clay experience and tons of information to teach and share. Guess what? I will be sharing that information on this Sunday edition of the Beadful Life. I have a long list of topics to share but feel free to suggest some and I will try to oblige.
Today – Let’s talk Metal Clay:
What is Metal Clay?
Metal clay is made up of fine particles of metal mixed with a binder and water to form a mailable substance. You can roll, texture, build and sculpt with metal clay. Once you have your clay in the shape you want it you dry it and fire it at high temperatures. The firing process causes the binder to burn off and the metal to sinter resulting in solid metal. Sintering is a process that heats the powdered metal to some point below the melting point and causes the metal particles to bond and become solid. Yes the result is Solid METAL.
One of my first pieces made from Art Clay Silver from years ago
There is silver, gold, bronze, copper, steel and even platinum metal clay (platinum is only available in
What is it the makes metal clay loved by many?
- Metal clay can be textured easily!
- Time to create something with metal clay is surprisingly short
- You can fire silver metal clay with a handy torch (even most crème brulee torches work!)
- Most of the tools you need to work with metal clay you probably already have (for example roller, deck of cards, paint brush, cutting board, cookies cutters......)
- Once you know the basic principles of working with metal clay the options for creation are endless.
There are some tricks with metal clay and I find the two main things people struggle with are:
- Fear of fire and melting your metal clay (I will cover this one too)
- Some types of metal clays will dry quickly especially silver (I will cover this on a later post)
This was a simple introduction to metal clay. I will be posting information for all levels of metal clay enthusiasts from the beginner “I’m afraid to open my pack of clay” to the more advanced “What next ”.
Enjoy your metal clay!!!!!