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Soldering investment


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For holding parts in position for alignment, regular casting
investment or plaster of paris works most excellently. No need to
make things anymore complicated, or buy some spiffy-do new inproved
product at a premium. Tried and true for decades.

As for the art metalclay project(?!!) in the latest Lap Journal,

anyone familiar with my past posts does not have to guess at what I
think about a metal clay covered cheese puff. I thought our parents
taught us not to play with our food.

Richard in Denver


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does not have to guess at what I think about a metal clay covered
cheese puff. 

Actually, it is very important to coat the cheese puff with glue
before covering it. Not only are cheese puffs useful as a
combustible core for metal clays, but so aRe:

white bread, coated with wax, or not
potatoes, carved
Paper Clay
Cork Clay
Styrofoam
Kix cereal
cranberries
Shredded Wheat
pasta

One of the delightful and refreshing things about metal clay is that
one doesn’t need thousands and thousands of dollars in tools. A bit
of cereal, some things from the toy aisle, a few dental tools, some
polymer clay, and you’re off, making surprisingly sophisticated
things from such simple tools. And sometimes, you can’t even tell
it was made with metal clay.

Elaine Luther
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
Certified PMC Instructor
@E_Luther