(and 20% off Czech seedbeads and Kumi stuff for one week only)
Silver-Filled 10+ Wire from ParaWire
You asked, we answered. Ok, our first answer was “huh? Whut?” But then we looked it up, and decided that the folks who were asking were on to something!
“ParaWire’s 10+ silver-filled wire is the perfect replacement for working with solid silver wire. 10% fine silver content, making it behave just like sterling silver wire – solderable, and patina-able – but for a fraction of the price of sterling or solid fine silver.”
Well – hot damn! Sounds like a winner to me. Silver-filled wire, in dead soft and half hard.
And, if that wasn’t exciting enough – Quick Cure Clay.
Now it is your turn to say “Huh? Whut?”
Quick Cure Clay is pliable clay that cures rock hard in minutes with just the use of a heat tool – like a craft heat gun. No need for a kiln or firing. It is stronger than polymer clay or air-dry clay – and does not require mixing. It does not dry out, and will not harden until cured. It is water resistant, does not shrink (it actually expands a tiny bit when cured) and you can then embellish with what ever you want from ink to paint to embossing powders.
Shape and mold the clay as you would any other type of clay. When ready to cure, heat the clay all over with a heat gun until the “reaction” starts. If you want the technical lingo – the reaction is a “frontal polymerization.”*
You will see a whiff of smoke. Stop heating.
If the lighting is right, you will see the reaction spreading across your piece. Just watch and let it happen.
Allow it to cool once it is done – it gets hot enough to ouch. (over 200C). That’s it – you’re done. The process, depending on the size of the item, takes about a minute.
In playing with this so far, I can tell you it is quick, it really benefits from being cured outside (I do not care for the smell at all), it is strong, and it is easy to sand. Check out some of the stuff on instagram, #quickcureclay for some of the amazing ideas in mixed media. Anne Marie is also super excited about this stuff, so watch for her to offer a class on it.
Check it out – link to how-to video in the description!
How do you follow up that? Well – a few other new items, sterling ball chains and etc, so you can review all the new stuff here!!!
*If you want the even more technical lingo – Frontal polymerization is “a localized reaction that propagates through a monomer by the coupling of thermal transport and the Arrhenius kinetics of an exothermic polymerization.”
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