Sunday, December 28, 2014

Green Gold Clay and PMC 960

I know I've been quiet this year, but I've been working with a worldwide PMC hinged box class to teach at various venues.  It was meant for Metal Clay by the Bay, but we didn't get enough interest in the class, so it was cancelled.  For those of you that did sign up, I apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate you signing up!

The PMC box was originally designed for PMC3, a 16 gram pack and a full order (1.7 grams) of 18k Green Gold Clay.  The green gold was chosen because it can be fired open shelf, and we wouldn't have to worry about those carbon/stainless container issues during a class.  We could also do a shorter firing than the 14k Rose Gold Clay would require.  All good things I thought!  Then PMC 960 came into being!  Why not try this?  So I got a small group together and we build 8 boxes across the world to test the firing schedule with a full class kiln load.

I finally have all the boxes that I received out.  They are back to their builders, and perhaps you've seen some around Facebook! I got the last two I built together, polished, and out. 

Here is what I learned:
* PMC 960 is hard stuff (after firing)!  I would definitely recommend using this for rings and heavy(er) wear items!
* PMC 960 in the greenware state is flexible.  Most students didn't enjoy working on a box that moved as you filed it.

Both of these things combined make this material not great for this project.  The precision of the box and the need to move walls after firing make the PMC 960 an undesirable choice.  I would use it again, but not for this!

Here is my final project!  If you'd like to make one of your own or have me make one for you, check out my etsy shop for the latest listing (mfglaeser.etsy.com)!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Teaching at MCBTB 2014!

Awesome news you guys!! I'll be teaching at Metal Clay by the Bay in September 2014! I have two class offerings: a one day course on Big Button Rings, and a two-day course on a Keepsake Hat Box!

The ring you have seen before:


You can do 14k Rose Gold Clay or 18k Green Gold Clay with this project. The project will be fired following class, and can be picked up the following day!  The other project is part of my luggage line! It's a hat box we will inlay 18k Green Gold Clay in! Sorry my sample is 14k Rose Gold Clay, but it seems with the schedules, 18k Green Gold Clay is the better option! Bring a leafy texture to inlay!


Looks fun, right?!  I will also be at the Show and Sell if you are interested in picking up clay at the show. I will put out a post for orders to bring to the show!

Sign up at www.metalclaybythebay.com !



Sunday, December 16, 2012

Now offering powdered clay!!

Did you guys know that folks are hoarding their 14k Rose Gold Clay?!? Folks are ordering it and not using it!

Etsy has come up with some fun new options! I can now offer one listing as either lump clay (mixed and ready to use) or powdered clay with mixing media! What fun!!

Powdered clay works just like other powdered clays, however, I recommend starting with a drop of mixing media, then adding a dusting of powder. With base metal powders, you have lots and lots of powder to work with...but with gold, you are more limited. So, my tip is just to take your time. The powder comes with the right amount of media, so worst case, you mix it all at once! Not so bad! Right?!

Here are the listings:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/110738903/18k-green-gold-clay
https://www.etsy.com/listing/65346869/14k-rose-gold-clay
https://www.etsy.com/listing/117224807/half-order-18k-green-gold-clay-and-half

I just finished the options for my large clay order, 11 grams of 14k Rose Gold Clay or 14k Yellow Gold Clay, 18k Green Gold Clay is 9.5 grams. I'll let you know when I get that set up, but for now, the link is:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/107002513/colored-gold-alloy-clay-many-options

All shipping (worldwide) is free through the New Year! Enjoy! Happy Holiday!!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Latest on 14k Rose Gold Clay and 18k Green Gold Clay

Have you seen the latest blog post by Anna Mazon of Drakonaria??  It is a lovely write up on her 18k Green Gold Clay tests!  Lovely, amazing, stunning pieces she made with those danty little green gold accents!! The blog post is here: http://drakonaria.blogspot.com/2012/11/green-gold-really-woow.html

Anna used half an order of 18k Green Gold Clay to complete 26 leaves and 12 balls!  I think she even had some left.  This makes me wonder if I should create a listing for a half-and-half pack!  Half an order of 14k Rose Gold Clay and half an order of 18k Green Gold Clay?!?  If you think you want that, let me know.  I am getting a listing together now.

I am offering free shipping worldwide until 1/1/2013!  It does take about 2 weeks to fill the order, and ususally 14 days to ship internationally.  I know its a lot to wait....but Anna will tell you its worth it! ;-D

So, you might wonder why Anna didn't get 14k Rose Gold Clay.  Well, she did.  Here is what we found, the rose gold that was fired in carbon that had fired A LOT of bronze clay didn't allow the 14k Rose Gold Clay to sinter!  But, the 18k Green Gold Clay did sinter!  Weird!  Must be something with the copper in the alloy?!  Anna used fresh carbon for a last test fire and found the freshly made 14k Rose Gold Clay did sinter, but the failed pieces were not salvaged (we tried firing them too high...so they were doomed at that point for sure).  It was rather curious, because 14k sinters at a lower temp than 18k...and the 18k came out just fine.  With a switch of the carbon we had successful results at the same firing schedule, so it must be the carbon!

So.  Recommendation is to use fresh carbon or carbon not used for bronze.  I know that might be difficult, but its worth it! 

If anyone has had any trouble with this please let me know!  I have not heard of anyone having these results.  Luckily Anna had just finished the big test on Goldie Bronze, so this helped find something new and interesting with 14k Rose Gold Clay!

Remember!  Free shipping through the New Year!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

More testing with 18k Green Gold Clay

Ms. Anna Mazon was willing to try out some 18k Green Gold Clay for me (she will be publishing the results of her experiments on her blog: http://drakonaria.blogspot.com/) but here are a few photos of her experiments! 

This is a half order of 18k Green Gold Clay:


Here is the PMC3 ring based, with diamond set to be fired in place.  The green gold clay and fine silver were combined at the greenware stage:


This is the the ring out of the kiln, with a little polish on the leaves.  Notice the clay leaves above were more of a brown/yellow.  During sintering the gold alloys to turn green throughout:


The next photos are the ring finished, polished, and oxidized.  Because the diamond was used, the ring was fired in carbon (Rio Grande had some early experiments where diamonds burnt up in open air firings).  From testing, I have found the fine silver gets full shrinkage after 2 firings in the carbon. I recommend 1505F for two hours, bring down to 200F and hold for zero minutes (or just crack the door of the kiln and let it sit for 3 hours), then fire again 1505F for two hours.  This is a minimum for the green gold.  Everything sinters with this schedule, but you can go higher. 
 
 


 There is a posting now for 18k Green Gold Clay, thanks to Anna's great photos! http://www.etsy.com/listing/110738903/18k-green-gold-clay  You can also feel free to contact Anna for her lovely jewelry: http://www.etsy.com/shop/drakonaria.  Also keep an eye out on her blog for a pendant combining 18k Green Gold Clay and 22k Art Clay Gold!!

And the winner is.......

OK, so I said I would post this right after conference, but who wasn't totally overwhelmed after that?!?  I got some internet orders on the tutorial, and the ones at PMC conference that were thrown in a hat! 

And the winner is.....

Martha Dahl!!


 

 
 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

On my way to the 2012 PMC Guild Conference!

Just need ti load the car, and I'm on my way! Super excited to meet up with my old metal clay friends and meet some new ones!! Wish the drive were shorter! ;-) As I was packaging 14k Rose Gold Clay, I had an extra bit! Now I was thinking, more fun and experiments for me...but, it is the exact amount that is used in my tutorial! :-0 wow! So, to everyone who purchases my PDF tutorial at Conference (which you can order from me or go to my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/97642139/sale-tutorial-big-button-rings-with-rose) for a conference special price of $10 will be entered to win 0.4g of 14k Rose Gold Clay! I will post the winner here but if the winner is at conference, I'll get the packet to you right there, Saturday, as Show and Sell closes. Hopefully I'm not overwhelming myself at these 2-hour Show and Sell windows!! If you see me at conference, you can purchase the tutorial, materials, or a mini whistle on the spot! I will also be carrying around my needle tool giveaways! Can't wait to meet everyone!