Adding Gemstones and Metal Clay

There are new colours of gemstones for metal clay coming to BeadFX and this got me inspired to talk a bit about metal clay and stones. You can mix metal clay with some man made and natural stones. BUT NOT ALL. Many stones cannot be fired or there are limits on the time and length of firing. So today I am going to talk a bit about this issue of firing stones in metal clay. First, a little bit about naturally occurring stones. One misconception is if the stone is considered hard, then it be will OK. Well this is …