Artists have been making bronze jewelry for thousands of years. With the introduction of bronze clay, modern jewelry artists have a wonderful medium which is inexpensive in comparison to silver and gold clays, allowing the artist to be more generous and experimental with their designs and creativity. In this video, I create a rustic bronze clay pendant If you are new to metal clay or bronze clay, you will love this project.
I haven’t made many pieces out of bronze clay as my first love is silver clay. I’ve seen so many beautiful bronze pieces in magazines, at trade shows and on line that I thought it was high time I jumped in to see if I could improve my techniques, gain a better understanding of the firing schedules, work with patina gel and understand the shrinkage rate. Above are photos of my first piece. I was surprised at how easy it was. I looked in magazines for inspiration.
I then decided it was time to create the video and show all of the steps it took to make this piece. Click on the video screenshot below to watch the video or order the kit we created that includes 30 grams of BRONZclay to get you started.
Here are a few other photos that I took when I created this project.
If you would like to order the texture or the template separately, click on the product codes below:
Introducing a new silver clay product on the market called Metal Magic Silver Clay. This product is 75% fine silver and 25% binder by weight, which means that it shrinks 25% during firing in comparison to other brands of .999 silver clay that shrink 10 – 15%. It is available in 3 three sizes (25, 50 and 100 Gram packs) and comes in lump form only.
Metal Magic Silver Clay is a high quality that was easy to work and manipulate. Because it shrinks 25% we do not recommend this product for rings. On a positive side, because of the shrink factor, this form is excellent for highlighting details and texture
We tested Metal Magic Silver Clay, check out our video to see the results! Click the link below to order this product and watch the video.
Congratulations to Katherine Natalia Wadsworth, the winner of the July Cool Tools Survey Contest. Katherine has won a $100 gift certificate simply for offering us her thoughts.
Katherine was excited and told us a little about herself:
“Thanks, that’s great! I look forward to figuring out what goodies I might take home with the gift certificate. Being a native introvert, I have no idea what on earth you’d like to hear about my “reaction” here, but I hope that the simple happiness I feel at receiving such a nice reward for being a willing participant in the survey/good citizen of the metal clay world will be enough for you to go on! 😉
About me: I have been primarily a lampwork beadmaker for the last 15 years or so, and I use metal clay to design components to complement the glass work in some of my jewelry designs (the attached image shows an example that recently appeared in 1000 Beads, published by Lark). I have a strong background in traditional metalsmithing and glass, but I particularly enjoy taking classes in metal clay techniques because I am thrilled by the ways that this new field is so rapidly evolving, almost reinvented each year. And just so you know, it was Wanaree Tanner in particular turned me on the the special items available at Cool Tools that I could use to enhance my efforts.
Thanks for the gift, it will be a very sweet reward for just a little effort!
After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to take a survey. Your thoughts help us improve as a company and also help us better understand your needs. Each month, we select a winner and the next one could be you!
Help us congratulate Katherine this month and keep offering us your thoughts!