by Elaine Luther
If you are a member of the PMC Guild, you’ve already read in the latest issue of Fusion how to make your own homemade oil paste using lavender essential oil.
I rushed out and bought some lavender oil as soon as I read the article. Actually, I already was out, reading it in the car, so I just went on the the health food store and got the oil.
I had a chance to test the oil paste this weekend. I had a piece made of two already fired PMC pieces that I had put together with homemade PMC+ thick slip. The two broke apart. So I put them back together with PMC3 homemade oil paste, and fired it at 1650 for 10 minutes. They are now stuck together beautifully, with no fear of them coming part.
If you haven’t gotten around to trying this yet, or wanted to hear from someone else who tried it first, I’m here to say, rush out and get some lavender oil and give it a try. It works great and smells nice to boot!
Members can see the back issues of Fusion at PMCGuild.com, you’ll need your member ID and password.
Update: After reading the tip from Tim McCreight on Metal Clay Gallery, I added 5 drops of rubbing alcohol to my homemade oil paste. That dramatically improved the workability — it wasn’t so slippery. I’ve now used it on more things and continue to have success.
Update 2: Art Jewelry Magazine has a free video on how to make lav oil paste. You must be a registered user to see the video, but registration is free. See it here: http://www.artjewelrymag.com