Support for your metal clay in the Kiln: Vermiculite, Fiber Blankets, or Alumina Hydrate….Things you may want to consider

Kiln firing metal clay, at times, requires that curved or shaped piece be supported during the firing process to help them retain their shape. Metal clay, at times may slump, flatten or warp as gravity acts on the metal while it sinters. As a precaution to this problem a supporting medium is used to ensure successful firing. There are a variety of materials a metal clay artist may use: a fiber blanket, alumina hydrate or vermiculite. My substance of choice is vermiculite. Below I will summarize the three major firing supports.Disclaimer: Below is information I have gleaned from searches. In …