Casting Grains from PMC3 Scraps

Casting Grains

For a free online course with videos of this process, go to I LOVE SILVER’s page.

Casting grains are tiny balls of metal, in this case silver. Truthfully, an Internet search does not result in a definition for casting grains, as far as I can tell. Regardless, they are used to make various forms of metals and in jewelry making. In the context of working with metal clay, they can be incorporated into metal clay pieces at any stage: in wet clay, in dry clay, in fired pieces by refiring or soldering. For wet and dry clay and to incorporate into a piece to re-fire, follow process described in Adhering PMC3 to PMC3.

Information in the captions tells how to make your own.

Balling silver scrap on brick

This is a tiny fine-silver bail that broke off its piece. I used a wire cutter and cut it into small pieces.

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A regular butane torch heats one piece.

No need to move the flame to heat the tiny piece evenly—it’s too small!

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It’s always nice to see the orange glow appear where you think you are directing the flame and heat.

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You can just barely see spots of bright silver as the silver begins to flow.

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The odd-shaped piece of silver quickly balls up on its own.

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Here is a short piece of fine-silver wire being heated by the flame.

In this case, the silver thinned out and then sprung into two small balls.

Sometimes the flame itself will blow the silver balls right off the brick.
I use a solder pick to keep the silver balls from rolling off the fire brick.  

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Casting grains and balled wire in bracelet charm by Kris

Pendant Nice

Artist unknown

For online courses in metal clay, go to I Love Silver, where you learn how to design and create your own silver creations.

© Kris A Kramer 2018