Bronzclay jewelry from start to finish

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.

Finished mold                                                         


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.”