In-between I'm trying to create new pieces for the galleries and my upcoming "Featured Artist" event at the Aloft gallery in October (more about that later). I chose to pull my Bronze Clay out of the refrigerator, where it has been hibernating for about 2 years, patiently waiting for me to get bold enough to try it. It is composed of real bronze particles and a binder, like the silver clay I am used to and I love.
Working with bronze clay, however, is said to be a little different. Yes, I found that out; it dries much faster, is tougher to knead to a smooth consistency and not as soft as the silver. It took a while to get the feel of it, but I managed. I now have my first test pieces of bronze clay firing in my kiln and I can't wait to see what happens! There are a lot more things that can go wrong in the firing, too. The whole firing takes about 9 hours, so it'll be a little wait.
I love the many colors bronze can have, from gold to dark brown to rainbow colors. I will show the results in my next post (good or bad) along with some in-progress pictures.
'gotta run; the floor measurer for the new carpet is coming.....