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I can attest to having space problems, and of course, as I mentioned earlier, kilns aren’t exactly cheap, even though you can get a pretty decent one for a few hundred dollars when you are ready to commit a little more time and money to your creative clay urges. In Chapter 4, I go into more detail about setting up your work area, but it doesn’t take much to imagine that a kiln takes up more room than a little torch and heating pad set up. 2 Art Clay 650. 3). Due to the temperature limitations (natural gas burns at around 2000 degrees F), only low-fire clay can be fired using this method.

Speedy Peacock Photograph Once the clay is thoroughly dried, you need to use a firing method so that you can burn out the organic material and thus make it into a solid piece of metal. You will actually see the organic material flare up and burn away if you torch it, for example. As the organic material burns away, the clay shrinks ever so slightly, about 10% on average (see Chapter 1 for percentages of shrinking for each type of clay). So, keep this in mind when you are making your pieces. They will be a tad smaller when you finish firing them.

Remember, first, that you can build up your tool kit gradually once you get the must-have items. Plus, many of these you may already have on hand if you are already a jewelry maker or crafter. If not, then another option to consider is buying a starter kit that has a selection of the main tools you’ll need to get started. These are especially helpful if you are starting from scratch, and of course, you often save a little money when you buy the kits because often if you buy each individual item separately it ends up costing more.

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