How long should I leave pieces of silver clay to dry before firing?

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How long should I leave pieces of silver clay to dry before firing?

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It’s essential that pieces are thoroughly dried before they are fired, as any moisture within the clay will escape as soon as it experiences the extreme heat from the torch, kiln or stove-top. This can result in cracks or blisters. In one case, I had a piece of silver clay explode quite violently and burn a hole in my kitchen worktop! For small or thin pieces, you can use a hairdryer or hot plate for 10 to 15 minutes to speed up the drying process, otherwise allow 24 hours if you’re drying at room temperature.