My metal clay is cracking, HELP!!!!!

One of the biggest problems that plagues newcomers to metal clay is drying clay. Silver metal clay and some of the other metal clays can dry extremely quickly resulting in cracks in your designs. Sometimes the cracks can be a welcomed organic look at other times it can be quite frustrating. Good news though with preparations and tricks these problems can be overcome. Here are some examples of what I mean and a solution. First, here is an idea of how the clay dries. I rolled two pieces of fresh low fire silver clay then wrapped them over a small …

Mug Shot Voyeur

A large heaping scoop of schadenfreude – that’s what this site is about. (Schadenfreude – pleasure in someone else’s misfortune – in case you missed the meaning of this oh-so-useful word). This site – the Smoking Gun – features mug shots of celebrities – actual mug shots – taken when they were arrested for their excesses of behaviour and/or lack of judgement. How ghastly do they look with out their make-up, careful lighting and sympathetic photographer? Is the mug shot the ultimate leveler? You decide. You can gloat over Bill Gates being arrested for a traffic violation in ’77 (although, …