Angie and I have hidden ourselves away in the studio these past few weeks getting ready for our upcoming Christmas studio show and open house which will take place this coming weekend, Friday, Dec. 3rd, Saturday, Dec. 4th, and Sunday Dec. 5th! Very exciting!
I finally had a chance to mix up some of Hadar's Quick Fire Bronze and Copper powders and I must say I was really impressed with the texture and workability of the clay. Earlier versions of metal and copper clay were hard to dome, didn't hold texture detail like silver clay, and curled up (like potato chips) when they were drying. The quick fire clay took texture detail well, domed beautifully, and kept it's shape through the drying process. Hooray! Much better! Here are some pictures of domes that we did in bronze and copper clay this week.
Angie's dragonfly pendant comes out of the kiln with beautiful colours!
Bronze and Copper Collage Pin
A Collection of Marly's Copper and Bronze Pins and Pendants
"Kyoto" series necklace in silver, bronze, and copper
Hadar has a great instruction manual for firing base metal clays on her blog which we have found to be fool-proof (so far anyway) in sintering copper and bronze consistently. It involves firing twice which is well worth it for the consistent results. We are both really excited about the improvements made in bronze and copper clays over the past year and look forward to experimenting and creating more with the quick fire versions of base metal clays.