Do you love the original surface textures that can be achieved with Precious Metal Clay™?
Barbara Becker Simon, the 2007 PMC® category Saul Bell Design Award winner, accomplished amazing detail and texture on the surface of her winning piece, “Big Links.”
Our own Yvonne Padilla uses molding compound and carving wax to create textures from objects and patterns she finds everywhere. In the following video Mark Nelson demonstrates this technique and others for transferring texture to metal clay:
If you’d like to experiment with these techniques, here’s a list of supplies and tips that will get you started:
|Wax carving set||700-210|
|Matt™ Wax precision tablets||700-006/30|
|Rio Cold Mold™||701-046|
|Wax bur assortment||348-428|
|Foredom® 20D quick-change handpiece||117-598|
|Donegan Optivisor™ with 2.5X lens||113-208|
|Foredom® SR motor with 30 handpiece flex shaft system||117-534|
|Flex shaft Swing-Away™ motor stand||117-291|
|Citation safety glasses||201-054|
|Friedrich Dick scriber/burnisher||113-929|
|Friedrich Dick key file set||114-871|
|Rio high-speed steel round bur set||345-540|
|Four-jaw pin vise||113-146|
Using a Word program on your computer, make backwards letters and print it out. Tape the print-out onto the wax tablet, then using a scribing tool, make dots along the outline of the lettering. Remove the paper and use a flex shaft (don’t forget to wear your safety glasses!) or rotary tool to dig out the wax along the dotted lines.
Taking a cue from nature or fabric, carve out a pattern using a carving tool, craft knife, push gouge or drill bit. Press some sculpting putty against the wax to see what your design will look like.
Mix the two-part mold making material, Rio Cold Mold™, for about a minute.
Working quickly, press the compound against your newly created texture on the wax tablet to achieve a reversed look. When transferred to your metal clay, it will reverse again to achieve your desired look.
Mass Producing Molds
If you need to create several identical pieces, make a homemade mold press. Cut a PVC pipe about two inches long and fill it with the Rio Cold Mold™ compound about half-way. Take a carved wax template and press it into the compound. Once it sets, pop the mold out and you’re ready to use it with metal clay.