Continuing my trials with Hadar's Pearl Grey Steel XT metal clay, here is the fired ring that I mentioned in yesterday's post:
The firing all went well and I love the color of it. It's tough. I've been wearing it for a couple of days now, and really like it next to the white and yellow gold ring that I have.
The sanding was easy - like sanding the silver clays. Some of the other base metal clays are much more difficult to sand and need rougher sand paper to start, but this was fine. I sanded it just like the silver clay, finishing with the fiber wheel for a matt finish.
Shrinkage was interesting. The ring size - ie inner circle - seemed to shrink hardly at all - maybe less than half a size but the thickness of the band did shrink quite a bit. It's standing up to hard wear so I'm confident that sintering was successful.
I like it. I consider my first test a success. I've now also finished the second firing of my next two samples so I'll tell you more about them later.
Have you given this steel clay a try yet? What are your experiences? I'd love to hear from you.