I’ve spent some time today bonding with my dremel as I set to work sanding all the components for my bracelet. A good few hours later I have tingly fingers and an irritated nose. I need a better mask!! I posted a picture of them out of the kiln a wee while ago. Here is a picture of some of them half way towards being finished ……..
Because I’m impatient, I decided to finish one link so I could add the Baldwins Patina, and see how its turned out. Here is a before and after picture of the finished link – the Baldwins stuff is amazing!! I cant wait to get them all finished and see how they all look together. Each link is a different pattern – some on a base of copper with bronze inlay and others on a bronze base with copper inlay. I think their variations in size are due to this fact, the smaller links having a base of bronze – I think…next time I shall take pictures and notes!!
I also mixed up some of my White Bronze today. During the course I used one my templates to make a pendant from the copper. The original idea was to fire the copper, inlay with fine silver and re-fire. However – I wanted the surface of my pendant to be flush – which would not have been possible using fine silver as it wouldn’t have been secure so I decided to use White Bronze instead. This new clay which after firing looks just like silver!! My pendant was fired on the course, and today I filled it with White Bronze by just pressing it into a thick slab of clay, and then sanding it back. There are 3 test pieces in my kiln, well more like test bits. Hadar’s Instructions say the Bronze can quickly go from not sintering at all to melting or deforming as it has a very narrow sintering range. I’m hoping the temperature is just right because I am so keen to get it fired! Its a long firing schedule at over 3 hours, so Ive a while to wait yet!
I REALLY like these clays. I love the possibilities available with all the colour combinations. The only downside is that I am out of Copper Clay…….. if you are in the UK and have some of Hadar’s that you don’t want then let me know!!!