Monday, November 1, 2010

Loving Quick Fire Bronze and Copper Clay


Angie and I have hidden ourselves away in the studio this week getting ready for some upcoming Christmas shows and our studio show and open house which will take place on the first weekend of December! 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!

Marly's Bronze and Copper Domed Pendant

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.


Patty Biermans said...

I did dot know that it was so difficult to make these jewelery from copperclay. The object you made are beautiful. I like them very much. Greetings.... Peebee

vilterietje said...

Wonderfull peaces! You did a lot of work in your studio.did you havea good time too?
Love, Riet :)

Marly Penner said...

Hi Peebee and Riet,
Thanks so much for your responses. We are happy that you like our jewelry! We love working in our studio.
The time just flies and it is so much fun to create.
We are getting ready for our annual Christmas studio show and open house the first weekend in December
so there is lots to do! Wish you could come!