Inventor of BRONZclay and COPPRclay, Bill Struve of Metal Adventures has a new invention called the The 3DMetalCreator. This new innovation is a creativity tool that allows you to easily create 3D metal objects by extruding a thick metal paste. Bill has created a kickstarter campaign to help support this invention.
What is metal paste? Metal paste consists of very small metal particles mixed with a binder, water, and other materials. It is softer version of metal clay. When the paste is dried, it is somewhat flexible and can be refined or modified using simple hand tools like those used for metal clay. During firing, the metal particles join together into solid metal. Since the end result is metal, standard metal working techniques such as filing, drilling, polishing, soldering, welding and adding patinas can be used.
How will the funds from this campaign be used? From his previous experience manufacturing 3DMetalCreators for the beta testers, Bill is confident that he will be able to produce sufficient 3DMetalCreators to satisfy the December, 2015 rewards. Bill needs funds to scale up production and to create a 3DMetalCreator community. Bill produces the bronze paste by methods similar to those used in the production of our metal clays. The BRONZpaste3D cartridges, on the other hand, are filled with paste from the tip so as not to introduce air. The paste is very thick and contains metal particles and is therefore not suitable for currently available cartridge filling equipment. He has developed his own equipment to fill cartridges and needs funds to scale the production. He also noticed air in a few cartridges and will need to improve the filling process to avoid this. He has literally tons of experience developing copper based metal clay and have made test batches of silver clay. Due to the requests of the beta testers he plans to use his own funds and those from this campaign to complete the development of silver paste to load into cartridges.
Bill’s campaign page is loaded with great photos and more of Bill’s story. Click on the orange heading at the top of the page: “Check out Bill’s Kickstarter Campaign”.
I love jewelry, and I love making jewelry. I also love a good sale. Last weekend I headed to an estate sale. I found a box of stuff, you know, that stuff that is found in old drawers. The short story is, for a few dollars, I found a cardboard box full of junk, with the exception of a couple of things. One being this really cool over sized medallion.
I centered the textured clay over a large copper drying form and used the dehydrator to get it to the greenware state. After 30 minutes I started refining the piece.
I quickly cut a hole in the center to allow for the pavillion (the portion of the cz below the girdle) to set in. I made a bezel, making sure I properly captured the girdle (the outer edge of the widest part of the cz, separating the crown from the pavillion) of the cz.
A bail was fashioned from the leftover scrap(s) of clay. Considering the larger size of this piece, the bail was made just a little “beefy”. Because of its extra large size.
I fired it in coal carbon in the kiln for the long schedule of 500F/hr ramp with a target temperature of 1550F and held it there for a full 2 hours, to ensure a full and complete sintering.
The firing was successful, and after cleaning, I treated it with Patina Gel to give it an antiqued finish.
I really like how it turned out. The bronze is great with this champagne colored cubic zirconia, and overall, I’m happy with the contents of my auction find. This piece could also be made into a large bracelet cuff, or just use the center to make matching earrings. We have this design available on our website. Click here to shop for the Aztec Medallion mold.
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