Unless you have access to a microscope, you will not be able to confirm the level of quality of metal you are producing using metal clay. Julias insightful images clearly demonstrate why we ardently encourage you to follow the guidance provided in our related post.
The quality of your time, dedication, inspiration and design deserves a quality of metal that at least matches your input. If you sell your creations, then your clients (and the reputation of metal clay) also deserve a high quality metal.
How do I get consistent metal quality from metal clay?
The key points in this post that you should consider;
Opinions are never a good substitute for facts! As an Artist, bending or breaking rules is merely part of the creative process. Attempting to bend the laws of physics on the other hand will lead to frustration and possibly the loss of a masterpiece.
Unless you develop a rigid process based on YOUR personalized firing schedule, you can expect some interesting results, especially when working with base metals.
To attain consistent results, requires a consistent firing process.
A manufacturers recommended firing schedule should only be the starting point in determining YOUR optimal firing schedule
You will find the answer to consistent metal quality along with details on how to establish your firing schedule in our related post:
A great big THANK YOU to Julia Jeffree for her wonderful contribution and enlightening images.
Assimilate, Implement & CREATE