The Basics of Sintering Carbon-Fired Clay

With the arrival of metal clay that needs to be fired in carbon came a whole set of challenges—determining the proper firing schedule and producing sintered pieces being the biggest. Quirky shrinkage can be another. It’s helpful to have a … Continue reading

Understanding Image Resolution

I work for Metal Clay Artist Magazine as an art and photography editor. One of my jobs is to prepare photographs for print. I see many images that are submitted to the magazine. A problem that comes up many times … Continue reading

From Sketch to Metal with a Computer’s Help

Fourth of a Four Part Series: Designing for Metal Clay In my series so far, I’ve talked about calculating metal clay shrinkage and enlargement, and then using those calculations to create templates from your sketches. You trace your sketches and … Continue reading

From Sketch to Metal

Third of a Four Part Series: Designing for Metal Clay In my previous two posts I talked about how to calculate metal clay shrinkage, and how to calculate the enlargement rate of a design to accommodate this shrinkage. So why … Continue reading