The Joy of Metal Clay: Base Metal Clays

This past week I was fortunate enough to play around with some of Hadar’s base metal clays. The last time I had used Hadar’s clay she only had Copper and Bronze clay, now when I look at her site I feel like a kind in a candy store. This week I experiemented with combining some pearl grey steel with copper clay (THANKS Liz). Sadly, I have not fired them as they got damaged in transit and I haven’t had time to repair them. (I may just fire them as is as I can’t wait to see what they look like!). …

Bronze firing experiment

So….I knew this would happen. A couple of weeks ago, I posted that I was having trouble firing bronze clay. The last few batches did not fire/sinter correctly. What came out of the firing pan was basically a pile of bronze dust.  At the time, I couldn’t think of anything that I had done differently. I hadn’t. This time, I made up a batch of worry beads, let them air dry for a few days (actually about a week before I got around to firing them), and then fired them using the exact same batch of carbon, in the same …