FYI ~ For Your Inspiration
FYI .999 fine silver is a fabulous Silver Metal Clay, introduced first in August of 2014. It is made from microscopic particles of pure silver, along with an organic, non-toxic binder. Once you have created your piece, it must be dried thoroughly prior to firing in a kiln.
It is very similar to PMC (precious metal clay), and ACS (art clay silver), in that the working properties are similar, and the end result is .999 pure silver, but there are several differences as well. All of them give FYI Silver a distinct advantage over it's competitors.
FYI Silver is a wonderful Silver Metal Clay, with amazing pricing, workability and end-results ~ along with top-notch Customer service.
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.
It's a great Silver Clay for beginners and long-time Pros, as it is very forgiving, and has a long open working-time. It is currently being used in workshops through-out North America, the UK, and many other countries, and I've been getting rave reviews from Teachers and students alike. I ship World-wide.
All FYI is sold in US funds, and the cost calculated on the fired metal content. Shrinkage is 18 - 20%, which means that you can work a wee bit larger than usual, and then, once kiln-fired, your piece will shrink by approx 20%, and the details will be impossibly intricate and teeny, making your piece look all the more detailed and labour-intensive.
Shrinkage: 18 - 20%
Make sure your piece is perfectly dry.
Place in cold kiln on a kiln-shelf, or a piece of fibreboard, if flat. If shaped, you might want to pile up some vermiculite to help support it.
Fire to 1545f up to 1650f max, for a duration of 30 minutes to 2 hours.
If your piece has no inclusions, such as stones, etc, you may quench it in some water as soon as the cycle is complete. If it does have inclusions, better to wait for the kiln to cool-off naturally, and don't open it until it gets below 400f.
Proceed to burnishing, polishing, tumbling. Your piece is now pure silver, and may be dapped, drilled, enameled, or anything else you would do with conventional silver as a metalsmith.
Please do not hesitate if you've got any questions at all, I am always just a message away.