The Joy of Metal Clay – A mixed metal clay piece

I have finally fired my mixed metal clay piece I started several weeks ago. The outer portion of the piece is three layers of metal clay. The first layer is bronze; second layer is copper; and the third layer is white bronze. To begin the bronze and copper layers were fired first. These two metals have a higher firing temperature. Then a layer of white bronze was applied and fired again. For the centre piece, I used a selection of white bronze, copper and steel. They were mixed together and all fired together. Here is the result: This piece could …

Bonus Blog: An Expert's Guide to Shopping a Sale

If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s shopping. My prowess increases when a sale is on, especially a bead sale. With just over 24 hours of March Madness, I thought I would share some of my expert tips with you. Bead BasicsThe first thing I do when preparing to shop a bead sale is take stock of what I have on hand that I consider the bead basics. *headpins*eyepins*jump rings*ear wires*crimpsWhat colours and metals do I use the most?*silvertone (bright and antique)*goldtone (bright and antique)*copper (bright and antique)*gunmetal *brass (bright and antique)*sterling silver*gold-filled Make a list for yourself of …