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    Reconstituting Art Clay Copper?

    Does anyone have any advice on bringing a lump of Art Clay Copper back to life so I can work with it? I have about a 20g piece which is rock hard despite being stored in a small plastic container.
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  2. Thread: PMC Paste Fuschia

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    I love it! Fuchsias are such lovely shapes, and...

    I love it! Fuchsias are such lovely shapes, and I've often thought they are so suited to be turned into jewellery :-) You've really done it justice! I am yet to try the PMC paste direct onto objects...
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    These ovens are just for polymer clay, not PMC.

    These ovens are just for polymer clay, not PMC.
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    Oh dear...that looks nasty:( I can't offer much...

    Oh dear...that looks nasty:( I can't offer much advice but very interested to see what other people say. When exactly did the crack appear...before or after you quenched it?
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    Thanks Dennis! I am yet to tread the streets...

    Thanks Dennis! I am yet to tread the streets around the Hatton Gardens vicinity, and have been dying to....you have now given me extra motivation to get myself to London for a dedicated 'jewellery...
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    Hi Gayle, I'm a bit of a bookoholic myself:">...

    Hi Gayle,

    I'm a bit of a bookoholic myself:"> but one of my favourites for silver/metal work is Elizabeth Olver's 'Jewellery Making Techniques Book'...it includes over 50 different techniques,...
  7. Thread: Hello from Bristol

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    Sounds like a Bristol get together is on the...

    Sounds like a Bristol get together is on the cards then?! F.x.
  8. Thread: Hello from Bristol

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    Hi again John....if you are a carpenter you...

    Hi again John....if you are a carpenter you probably already know it, but rediscovered this great shop today in Bristol:

    Bristol Design Woodworking Tools

    They have a mix of new and secondhand...
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    Hi John, I had a look into the course. I've...

    Hi John,

    I had a look into the course. I've heard murmurings about Windmill Hill before, sounds like fun :-) I'll be interested to hear how you get on with it. Sounds like you have a nice...
  10. Thread: Hello from Bristol

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    Hi John, I'm also a Bristol resident so a special...

    Hi John, I'm also a Bristol resident so a special welcome from me :) I'd be interested to know which course it is you are doing. I haven't done any courses as yet, but have been bumbling along on my...
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    I've only used Art Clay, mainly the Slow...

    I've only used Art Clay, mainly the Slow Dry...and yes I fire it with a torch. I am wondering the opposite of you Helen, can you torch fire PMC or PMC3? Am curious also to know any other...
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    Spotted this the other day on the ALDI website,...

    Spotted this the other day on the ALDI website, presume it's similar to the one Lou is mentioning?

    ALDI - Sunday Special Buys 5th September 2010
  13. Thread: My work

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    Wow....amazing skills you have!! I don't know...

    Wow....amazing skills you have!! I don't know whether to get my tools out and keep practising, or lock them away and just give up! ;-) I can't imagine how much all that gold is worth :-O
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    I'm treating myself to a tumbler very soon, can't...

    I'm treating myself to a tumbler very soon, can't wait...and should be easier on the tennis elbow:) Can I ask which tumbler you've bought? Hoping to keep the cost down as usual, but want something...
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    Hmmm, I must have overlooked this recommendation....

    Hmmm, I must have overlooked this recommendation. I mostly use Slow Dry silver clay, and have always air-dried it, at least for 24 hours, but not encountered any problems as yet! Where did you hear...
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    Wow, he's amazing! How big is he? And how much...

    Wow, he's amazing! How big is he? And how much clay did you need to do that?! :-O

    F.x.
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    That's quite a hoard for a first posting! ...

    That's quite a hoard for a first posting! Looking good though, I'm sure you'll do well. Agree with Emerald about the cuff style bangle (the last pic you posted) needing neatening....although I love...
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    Ooh this looks very exciting! I love those mixed...

    Ooh this looks very exciting! I love those mixed clay results, I was just wondering recently if it is possible to 'mix and match' the clays. I presume you have to kiln fire? I've only tried silver...
  19. Thread: Etching silver?

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    Thanks for responding Methuselah...I've had a...

    Thanks for responding Methuselah...I've had a look at your suggested links. Reagent seems like the best bet, although the courier service seems pretty pricey :(

    Doesn't seem to be an awful lot of...
  20. Thread: Torch enamelling

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    I've become a torch-firing convert for smaller...

    I've become a torch-firing convert for smaller pieces....and have also had better luck with silver. Most of the copper tests I've done have produced a lot of cracks in the enamel. I heard the same...
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    You need something along the lines of these...

    You need something along the lines of these apparently:

    Safety Glasses

    I am yet to buy proper glasses, but as soon as I have the spare cash I think my eyes deserve decent protection #-o
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    Thanks Wendy :) Yes, I made some cardboard...

    Thanks Wendy :) Yes, I made some cardboard templates for the leaf shapes, then used real ivy leaves to press the vein textures onto them, worked better than I thought it would!

    I must be daring...
  23. Thread: Etching silver?

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    Etching silver?

    Hi,

    I'm desperately trying to get hold of a small amount of either Nitric Acid, or Ferric Nitrate so I can try etching some silver. Can anyone suggest a UK supplier? Someone's suggested MegaUK,...
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    I can see everyone's point about kiln firing vs....

    I can see everyone's point about kiln firing vs. torch firing. I have, however, started to feel more confident with my copper clay pieces. I've been firing things for a second time, and increased the...
  25. Thread: Guilding Metal?

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    Thanks George....yes I quickly realised my...

    Thanks George....yes I quickly realised my spelling mistake :">

    Interested to give this a go, as I have some sheet silver, but sometimes just stare at it, too scared to waste it as I am still...
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