FYI 960 Sterling ~ For Your Inspiration ~!
Fabulous easy one-fire FYI 960 metal clay. It is .999 fine silver, mixed with a small percentage of copper, resulting in a piece which is .960 sterling silver. It may be hallmarked as sterling by any assay office.
FYI metal clay has amazing pricing, workability and end-results.
FYI Silver is nice and malleable straight out of the package ~ no mixing necessary. It takes an impression beautifully, sculpts and moulds very well, is great for use with the Silhouette and die-cutting machines, and enables you to make beautiful 'snakes' and wee balls - all without cracking. It is a true pleasure to work with.
Shrinkage: 15 - 18%
There are a couple of small differences with firing between the two versions of metal clay, so please read on:
FYI 960 is pre-mixed clay, ready to work straight out of the package. I suggest taking out only what you actually need, and putting the wad of clay into an airtight container (like a film canister). If you will not be working with your opened pack of FYI 960 for several days in a row, I recommend storing it in your fridge. If it remains unopened, you can keep it in a drawer or shelf, out of direct heat.
FYI 960 must be fired in your kiln on a kiln shelf or fibre paper or blanket from 1600f (870c) to 1650f (900c) for 1-2 hours. Hooray! No messy carbon to deal with. Once fired, do not quench, but rather allow your piece to cool down naturally.
It's a great Sterling Silver Metal Clay for beginners and long-time Pros, as it is very forgiving, and has a long open working time. FYI .960 Sterling is currently being used in workshops throughout North America, the UK, and many other countries. It has been getting rave reviews from Teachers and students alike.
All FYI Silver metal clay is sold in US funds, and the cost calculated on the fired metal content. Shrinkage is 15 - 18%, which means that you can work a wee bit larger than usual, and then, once kiln-fired, your piece will shrink by approx 16%, and the details will be impossibly intricate and teeny, making your piece look all the more detailed and labour-intensive.