I did it! I finally fired the pieces of PMC clay with the kitty paw prints, and they turned out great! I watched a lot of tutorial videos on youtube from places that specialized in dealing with that type of clay and firing with a hand held torch….and I’m so glad I did!
I wasn’t able to upload the video of me firing the clay, but I did find out that I needed to open up the stream of gas a bit more, because it starts to fizzle out and not burn as hot toward the end. But total time firing is approx 3 mins and the end result is a 99.9% silver charm that is a darling memento of my precious kitties :)
Here are some photos of the processes after firing (from sanding, burnishing and patina):
(I broke one of them buy trying to take a shortcut with punching the hole for the jump ring instead of drilling….another lesson learned!)
Now, one is ready to wear :) And the others are drying for another firing session later this week!