The Joy of Metal Clay – Bronze Patina, an experiment in ammonia fuming

It is Halloween so let’s mix up a potion for our metal clay! Last week, I talked about firing FastFire BronzClay. This week I am going to take the bracelet from that experiment and discuss using a technique called ammonia fuming to patina it. About a year ago I was inspired by a piece and directions I found from the Squidoo Lens on BronzClay by Margaret Schindel. It is an extensive discussion about the original BronzClay (which is different than the FastFire BronzClay that I was discussing over that last two weeks). This site contains lots of useful ideas and …

Joy of Metal Clay: Fast Fire BronzClay – Part 2

Success!!! Last week I began discussing the new Fast Fire BronzClay (check out last weeks post). I managed to successfully fire my first two batches of Fast Fire BronzClay test pieces. I am excited because the base metal clays can be finicky in their ability to sinter properly. I am hoping that there will be better consistency with this Bronze.?!? Above, is a photograph of some of the fired bronze pieces next to unfired pieces. It gives a visual of the shrinkage. (I forgot to measure to difference between the pieces in order to determine actual shrinkage). Directions for firing …

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!). …

What’s up in Metal Clay

PMC CONFERENCE 2010Well as I write this the PMC conference in Layfayette Indianna, at Purdue University is wraping up. I am so sad to have missed it but there will be another one in two years (carpool from Toronto anyone, in 2012?). For any of you who have attended, tell us what you learned and what you loved. Please share. In my search on what I might be missing I discovered there is access to some of the handouts from previous conferences on the PMC Guild Website. It is not substitute for attending but it may inspire you. FAST FIRE …