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  • Hi, silver clay advice needed - Pleease!

    I am hooked on silver clay - I love it! I want to experiment with organic matter - leaves etc. I know you can coat them in silver clay and when fired the leaf burns away leaving you silver copy. I was wondering if anyone has tried this with things other than twigs and leaves? My kids have been collecting pinecones and I am wondering if it would work with something as big and intricate as a pinecone? My husabnd thinks it would be too fragile. Has anyone tried this? I don't have use of a kiln only a torch, but the pinecones are not very big.

    Thanks
    Georgina

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    Hello & - I am sure someone will be able to help with this question (if you dont get much luck here try posting it in another area such as the 'Can you Help' section)
    Last edited by BeadsbyLili; 08-07-2008, 11:23 PM. Reason: forgot to say where to go
    Mel

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      Unfortunately a pinecone is likely to result in explosion...
      If you coated it then tried to torch fire it the heat difference
      + possible seeds / moisture would cause a vent to form
      (i.e your piece would burst)...

      I once did one of those ash keys but (before I coated it) I carefully
      cut the "pod" end in half and removed the seed. It made a great
      angel wing

      Have you invested in some of the moist cork yet?
      That's great fun...make a shape, let it dry for a few days
      then coat it in the paste (leaving a venting section)
      The cork burns away leaving you with a beautiful hollow
      pendant..

      Nic x
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