I finally took the plunge. I’ve been wanting to try silver metal clay for a 4 years or since it came out but I didn’t have the money to purchase the supplies and a kiln for firing. I finally decide to try a starter kit. It included a small firing pot, a few tools and some pmc3 silver clay. It was delivered about a month ago and was sitting on my dining room table for another month. Finally, I pulled it out and looked at it. I found a video that showed instructions but not for firing in the little pot that I paid 100+ for, but for using a mesh over your “hob”! (The video was from the UK.) I have a hob! (gas oven). I opened the tiny pouch of pmc3 silver clay, which was about a size of a quarter and about 1/4″ thick and took a small chunk. I rolled it with the plastic tube that was part of the kit. It was smooth and I cut a shape out. It took a few attempts but I cut a heart out. It was pretty thin. I used a texture plate on it and poked a hole in it for the whatever its called.
It dried out pretty fast so I stuck it under a blow dryer to make sure it was dry. I followed the video instructions and fired it on the stove until it caught fire (it was supposed to) let it cook for 5 minutes and put it in some water. I was soooo excited to see how it turned out! I took it out of the water, dried it off and used the wire brush on it. It worked! But… too thin. It broke.
It was still pretty cool! I quickly made more! I made a heart, a cross, a couple bars that had a heart and mom! It was successful, although they are a bit primitive, I like them! I think it will only get better with practice, I would like to try a ring!