Could Art Clay Silver 999 be the ideal silver clay? You can fire it easily with a torch, or even on a gas hob.
It is pliable and creamy, with a long working time. It takes all textures beautifully, and carves like a dream. And it shrinks only about 8-9%.
Art Clay has been around since 1995. Since its launch, there has been a few different types of Art Clay Silver, including Art Clay Original Formula, Art Clay 650, Art Clay Slow Tarnish, and Art Clay 650 Slow Dry. When Aida created this clay formula they picked the best parts from their most popular clays - easy moulding, slow drying, and a possible low firing temperature making it suitable for combining with glass and porcelain, and allowing torch and gas hob firings. We think this might just be the ideal silver clay!
- It is so pliable and has a great workability. It is a lot creamier and pliable than any other previous Art Clay silver clay!
- It retains and accepts moisture very well, which means it is easier to keep supple and so easy to reconstitute if it dries.
- It carves and files beautifully in the dry stage - much beter than the existing formulas.
- Fire with kiln, torch, or gas stove. Using a kiln the minimum recommended firing would be 30 minutes at 650°C or 5 minutes at 800°C. Where possible, we recommend firing at 800°C for 30 minutes for the strongest result.
- Shrinkage 8-9%.
The clay can be hallmarked as fine silver at any UK Assay Office.
Don't just listen to us singing its praises - here is some feedback we've had from testers:
- It is very ‘user friendly’ for beginners who do struggle with working fast enough to prevent the clay drying.
- I attempted plenty of rolling out, cutting and then scrunching up and re-rolling and didn't observe any cracking, drying-out or the usual deterioration in the condition of the clay that one would expect at that stage/
- I bonded to pieces together beautifully, and only needed a little sanding.
- I polished with the ‘sunshine’ cloth and was really amazed at the beautiful deep shine, it took me by surprise. The pieces also felt dense, and strong.
- With its ability to blend so well when pasted, this makes putting the 3D pieces together seamless. The clay seems to take longer to dry out which gives more time for creating a piece.
- It carved well.
- The clay has a lovely soft smooth texture and works for much longer than the existing 650.
- No problems and no minor surface edge cracking!
- Collected all my sandings, drilling dust and tiny dried bits and reconstituted them. They came together really easily.
- I think it will be much better for teaching with, due to the extra working time and as it seems less prone to minor surface cracking. Whilst I think it takes a little longer to dry I do not see that as a problem when teaching.
- I will certainly buy this clay in preference to the existing 650 or original. I love it!! :)
- A pleasant surprise. I found the clay to be slightly more yielding, moister and yet less ‘sticky’ than the original 650 formula.
- Mistakes and cracks are very easy to repair/fill with a wet brush and it goes smooth quickly and nicely.
- It was a pleasure to work with and I much prefer it to the slow dry variety. In fact, I think I even prefer it to the 650 one which I use normally.
Silver clay is amazing. It makes you feel like an alchemist. Turning clay into silver. Easy to work as well.
Lovely stuff, doesn't dry too quickly. Made a ring and 2 charms from it, abslotely no waste. Wish I'd bought more.
This was nice clay to work with
Hi MC, Whenever I use Silver Metal Clay I'm always happy with it. As long as I get everything I need togather, before opening the package, and I make a successful item, then everything is perfect!! :-)
Having just started using silver clay I was recommended your company. I find your prices some of the best on the internet and will certainly be using you in the future. I also purchased a starter kit of tools for silver clay and found the value of this to be very good. It contained everything I needed to begin this new hobby and with the purchase of a couple of extras I am now set to fire my clay at home for a very small outlay.
Having checked out the internet for a well priced supplier for my metal clay, I found this company. I will certainly be using you again. More than happy. I can see people making comments here about it drying too fast, didn't have that. I would say make sure of what you want to make and design it beforehand so you are not wasting time, excellent product. Or buy PMC3 which has a slower drying time. I am new to this medium but research is the key!
Attempted to make something similar to an octopus, the tentacle , i.e thinnest parts dried out almost as soon as they were shaped then broke when trying to bend them. I expected this metal clay to be able to be worked like plasticine or playdoh but it wasn't the case. ******FEEDBACK FROM METAL CLAY****** Hi Steve, metal clay is VERY different from PlayDoh and Plasticine. It is an air drying clay, whilst the others are plastic clays which don't really dry out (unless you leave them out for ages of course). There are many ways of extending the work time of your clay, making it more manageable, but it takes a little practice. Your broken piece can be repaired by making a little paste (mix some clay with a little water) so nothing is ever wasted with silver clay. I salute you for trying to shape a octopus-type-thing the first time you work with the product - I love it when people push their limits and just try stuff out. I wish we'd had a chance to talked before you started as I could have given you tonnes of advice on how to make sure your clay doesn't dry out. There are amazing intricate detailed pieces of silver clay work out there, including tentacles and octopuses, swirls, spirals and snakes - all made from silver clay. However, it is usually not the first thing you do, until you've familiarised yourself with the clay, and understand how to handle it. I hope you give it another go, and take a look at some videos, talk to some people, and read some of the info out there to help you get the best out of it. :)
I found this clay very easy to use and manipulate to shape.
The new formula is so much better than the last one. It has a longer working time and is much less sticky than the original formula. Holds details well when texturing or molding.