Art Clay Silver

Art Clay Silver 950

The new choice for Professionals! High strength, high hardness silver alloy metal clay is here! Art Clay Silver 950 comes in a pre-mixed clay form enclosed in a jet-black package. This is a newly designed clay that combines hardness with strength.

  • More Strength:
    Surface hardness, and bending strength of Art Clay Silver 950 is approx. 60% stronger than regular Art Clay Silver. Results may vary depending on firing and measuring conditions. Because of its high strength, it allows for more design options and durability especially for works that are thinner, narrower, open ended (ring and cuff) and delicate, etc. The finished silver surface is more resistant to scratches. This makes it a more suitable product for professional artists who gift or sell their works. It also has a unique silver color.
  • Pre-mixed Clay form:
    Molding and drying process is exactly the same as with the current Art Clay Silver Clay Type. The clay comes in AIDA’s high quality, ready to use pre-mixed clay form, so you can start working right after unsealing the package.
  • Clay components ratio, Shrinkage and Purity after firing:
    90% of the clay is Silver and copper alloy powder, and 10% is binder and water. It shrinks a little more than regular Art Clay Silver series. Purity after firing is Silver 950. Shrinkage after firing: Approx. 11-13%.

Clay Type

This type can be modeled in the same way as regular water-based clay. Once opened, it is susceptible to the air and must be kept moist in order to retain its pliability and workability. Use a container of water and a paintbrush to moisten any areas of the clay surface that begin to crack while working.

Paste Type

The only difference between Paste type and Clay type is the amount of water portion in the mixture.
Paste type comes in the consistency of melted ice cream and you should only transfer the amount needed from the jar to a small tray and dilute with water to create the desired thickness.
It is used in several ways:

  • As a glue to join two pieces of dry or wet clay together.
  • As a gap-filler for pits and cracks that appear in dried pieces.
  • To attach silver findings (screw eyes, bailbacks, brooch findings, etc.) to dried or wet clay pieces. During firing, the normal contraction of the clay bonds the findings.
  • When applied in separate layers onto organic forms such as leaves, dried flowers, paper-origami, etc, Paste type creates a perfect impression of the form.

Syringe Type

Art Clay Silver Syringe type is 5gm and 10gm of Art Clay Silver in a pre-loaded syringe. Syringe type comes packaged in three ways: with color-coded tips (blue, green and gray), each an increasingly larger diameter; a one tip (green nozzle) package; and packaged without any tips. Each of the tips is reusable and only needs to be purchased once. The diameter of each syringe nozzle is; Blue Nozzle: 0.41mm, Green Nozzle: 0.84mm, and Gray Nozzle: 1.19mm. The consistency of Syringe type is totally different from that of Paste type and it is not to be thought of as just paste in a syringe. Syringe type is thicker, more controllable and allows more workability. It is used in several ways:

  • To decorate pieces, much like using cake decorating tips. Lines, filigree, faux cloisonné borders, and even hollow balls can be made with Syringe type.
  • As a repair “glue” to fill cracks and gaps.
  • To attach findings to wet or dry clay pieces.

Oil Paste type

Art Clay Silver Oil Paste is an oil-based paste and it is formulated to act as a bond between fired silver pieces. Oil Paste provides a solid weld between pure silver findings, or between two fired pieces. It comes in two separately sealed jars. One has 10gm of very thick paste, the other contains a thinner that is used to keep the paste at working consistency. Both jars must be kept tightly capped. Silver findings also can be attached to the piece with Oil Paste, and then re-fired for adhesion. Fires at 800℃ / 1472˚F for 30 minutes or 850℃ / 1562˚F for 10 minutes.

Overlay Silver Paste

This Art Clay product is specifically formulated to bond to non-porous or glazed surfaces such as ceramic, porcelain, and glass. Overlay Silver Paste can be used in a variety of ways:

  • Paint directly, full strength, onto bisque, glazed porcelain or glass pieces.
  • Used in a technique called sgraffito, whereby a thin layer of Overlay paste is applied to the glazed porcelain or glass, allowed to dry, and then a pointed tool is used to scratch a design into the layer so that the porcelain or glass beneath appears, giving a stenciled look. This product is fired at 650℃ / 1202˚F for 30 minutes.