Just a word of warning: bronze clay is very addicting and a lot of fun to work with. It is kind of in between sculpting and playing with playdough. I show the steps I used to make one of my jewelry pieces.
After doodling for a while I decided to make this bird …
I use Super Sculpey sculpturing compound to make a clay model.
I roll Super Sculpey with a rolling pin into a thin sheet and cut the bird with an exacto knife along my paper bird pattern.
I add texture and a wing.
To make a mold I mix equal parts of each color of Amazing Putty and knead them together until the whole thing turns into one color.
I wait for the putty to harden – takes a few minutes.
I take a piece of Bronzeclay, knead it soft and fill the mold with it.
Next I stamp the copyright sign on the back of my piece.
I let the pieces dry on a coffee warmer.
I sand the dry bird with five different grades of sandpaper.
Then I decide where the jumpring holes should go and use a drill to make them.
The birdie is ready for the kiln.
I put the pieces in the cooking pan and cover them with charcoal.
It takes about five hours to cook the pieces in the kiln and …
… a high temperature of 1490 degrees of Fahrenheit!
Cooked pieces are emerging.
Patiently waiting to be …
…wirebrushed and sanded with five different grades of sandpaper.
The pieces are ready for the tumbler.
They will happily tumble for a day or two.
After tumbling I put the piece together. I decided to name it “The Little Hen of Happiness Carrying a Message of Love.”