works really well
SLIK - slippery stuff for metal clay!
Slik is the balm made just for metal clay. It's smooth and silky, not sticky like olive-oil based balms. Slik is made from all natural ingredients like pure soy, almond and aloe. Slik forms a barrier between the clay and whatever you apply it to that works better than anything else. Slik also makes a superior clay conditioning agent for PMC, BRONZclay and COPPRclay. Rather than adding water and creating a muddy, slippery mess that dries out quickly, condition with Slik to create a clay with a wonderful texture that stays moist much longer and is much less sticky. To condition metal clay with Slik, first apply Slik to your hands. Then press your lump clay into a patty using your fingers. The patty should be a little more than 1/16" thick. Butter the patty with Slik and fold the sides in, then knead the lump for a few seconds to be sure all the Slik is incorporated. You'll feel the difference immediately and you'll love how much easier it is to work with. You'll also find you have to add less water and that the clay stay workable much longer. If you add too much product to lump clay, it can begin to lose it's ability to hold together. If your clay becomes crumbly, simply add a bit of fresh clay to the ball and knead it into the lump.
This is without a doubt the best product for stopping metal clay from sticking to hands and tools etc. and it lasts FOREVER. Works especially well for conditioning Sterling silver clay which tends to be very sticky. I won't go back to badger balm or olive oil ever again.
I have tried lots of different oils and use some in special circumstances but this is my preferred day to day one.