I mixed my own custom colors using Sunshine Enamels and distilled water. For pastels I mixed the colors with 19-1231 Mixing White. For the pink bird I mixed 77-1234 Purple with 10-117 Mixing Flux. Some of the colors looked much different before they were fired; once fired I was a bit disappointed in the resulting color. My recommendation would be to test-fire the colors on a scrap piece of copper (on the same foundation color) before using in your final piece.
The enamel “paints” were mixed to a thin consistency and applied like watercolors. After they dried I used a clay shaper to remove them from unwanted areas such as the graphite lines and the background.
This time the piece was fired at a lower temperature: 1375°F/746°C for 2 minutes.
It should be coated with one more thin layer of clear flux, but I haven’t decided if the piece is finished or not. I might want to add more color to some areas. One reason for not doing this would be that with each firing the graphite lines get lighter and less defined.
Sunshine Enamels can also be applied more thickly like acrylics, but if they’re too thick they can crack. If you like painting or coloring you really need to try these enamels. They are a lot of fun!
I fired test pieces of all five clay using their “standard firing method.” Since all five samples were fired at the same time, together in the same firing container, I fired at the lowest setting (used for the white bronze) as per the instructions. All 5 pieces sintered properly (pictured below). I don’t see much difference in color between the light bronze and the white bronze. However, I can see situations where one might want to use one over the other. I also used the same firing method for the pendant I created using all five clays (pictured below). For one of the smaller elements however, I first tried firing it in Magic Carbon with no luck, but all the clays sintered perfectly in coconut carbon. I’m still experimenting with different methods of patina to bring out the different colors of the clay. Five Star Clay takes on texture very nicely, and is easy to carve if you don’t let the clay get beyond leather hard. All in all, all five colors are great clays to work with. It’s fun to have so many colors!
You can find the texture used for the samples here.