For many jewelry makers who have dreamed of working with metal but have had nightmares about using the torch, Metal Clay
, also called Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and Art Clay, may be their dream come true. However, keep in mind that while you don't need to use a torch to necessarily solder metals together, it can be helpful to know a little about metal work
in order to clean and finish metal clay pieces.
To get started with metal clay, you need a number of basic supplies and equipment. Some of this depends on the clay you pick, however, since different types of metal clay heat at different temperatures. For a few more details about the different types of metal clay available, refer to "What Is Metal Clay?"