Welcome to the fabulous world of Metal Clay! Working with Metal Clay always adds an element of anticipation and excitement. It is a visual and physical transformation from pliable organic to hard metal. Witnessing the metamorphosis from "clay" to fine silver, gold, copper or bronze, is awe-inspiring! We encourage you to start making beautiful jewellery with professional results. Metal Clay Australasia offers the biggest selection of Metal Clays in Australia, this includes Precious Metal Clay (PMC), the brand new strong and durable PMC Pro plus Art Clay Silver, BRONZclay, COPPRclay, FASTfire BRONZclay, Art Clay Copper We are delighted to announce that HADAR JACOBSON's NEW Quick Fire Clays have arrived. We stock all of the tools, materials, books, DVD's and information sheets to get you started. We hope that Metal Clay will open up a new world of creative opportunities for you.
Aida Chemical Industries and Mitsubishi Materials Corporation are Japanese companies that recycle and reclaim metals. These recycled metals include the precious metals Silver and Gold. Aida Chemical Industries manufacture Art Clay Silver and Mitsubishi Materials Corporation manufacture PMC or Precious Metal Clay. Patents were then obtained by these companies for the manufacturing process of these amazing metal clay products. The clay/lump, paste/slip and syringe types were introduced to Japan in the early 90's. Books and other accompanying materials were developed and in the mid 90's, Metal Clay - Silver and Gold were officially introduced to the general public in Japan and thereafter the world. There are many thousands of Metal Clay instructors and Metal Clay Studios all over the world.
The discovery of Metal Clay has revolutionized the skill of jewellery making. Artists or aspiring jewellery hobbyists are no longer restricted by a long involved learning curve and enormous monetary investment. Metal Clay is very user friendly and has opened up the world of precious metal and base metal jewellery making to a variety of creative people around the world. Metal Clay is made of either pure silver, gold, copper or bronze powder, water and non-toxic organic binder. The base metal Copper and Bronze clays are now also available in powder form which can be mixed with water as it is needed. In its raw state, Metal Clay feels like play dough or putty and can easily be shaped, moulded, or sculpted with simple tools or fingers to create original projects and designs. When dry, Metal Clay becomes hard and can be engraved, filed, carved and sanded to a flawless finish before firing. After drying, Metal Clay can be rehydrated back to clay with the addition of water. Any residual pieces and powder may be recycled with water and made into paste/slip, leaving no waste. During the firing process, the harmless binder burns away and the metal particles combine or fuse together to form a solid metal piece.After firing Silver Metal Clay you will be left with a 99.9% pure silver piece which can be hallmarked SV999. Amazingly,Silver and Gold Metal Clay can be fired to sintering (fusing) temperature using a gas stove top, gas torch or kiln. Although smaller quantities of some of the Copper and Bronze Metal Clays can be fired successfully using a gas torch, due to oxidisation it is usually a recommendation that base metal clays fuse more successfully when kiln fired, embedded in activated carbon. The newest and strongest metal clay is PMC Sterling which is the metal clay equivalent to Sterling Silver and can be stamped .925. PMC Sterling cannot be torch fired and needs to be kiln fired embedded in activated carbon.
Basic Guildlines for Working with Silver Metal Clay