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Metal clay: a reader question

Some of Tami's metal pins as seen on Cat Tales Etc!

Hi, Cyndi! I love your blog, thanks so much for all of the info. I have a question about PMC. I'm interested in getting started (I don't have a kiln-is that a problem also?) in making tiny round bird houses with a base and a 'lid' - have you seen those and know what I mean? I just love birds and would like to try this but don't know where to start-do you have any suggestions, please? THANK YOU!

Hi Tami,
Thanks for your question...I'm sure you're not the only one who wonders about getting started with metal clay.  There are several forms of clay that can easily be torch fired with no need for a kiln, and that's how a lot of people get started now unless they already have a kiln for other uses.  Both PMC+ and Art Clay Silver 650 can be torch fired.  These are two different brands, and each has its fans.

There are dozens of great books out there on working with metal clays, but my very favorite of the newest crop is The Absolute Beginners Guide: Making Metal Clay Jewelry.  It covers all the newest forms of clay, all the basic techniques, troubleshooting, great projects to get you started, and even repairing pieces.  And best of all, all the projects are done with a torch instead of a kiln!  [My review of Making Metal Clay Jewelry posted yesterday]

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