Thursday, February 12, 2009

Did someone say....COPPER METAL CLAY???

I did!! I did!! Groovy Bill Struve and his lovely wife Lacey Ann from Metal Adventures have developed another metal clay...this time copper. It will be available from Rio Grande and other distributors in the spring. They have given permission to post pics and talk about it.

It works similar to the bronze clay...which I love. Here are some pics of the dried clay before firing.





I ramped at full speed up to 1650 and held for 3.5 hours. Pieces fresh from the kiln with a short polish from a 3-sided nail buffer to shine up the high spots are shinnier than a new penny.







I applied a heat patina with a propane torch and ice water quench...or in this case I went outside and scooped up snow. It gives a nice color to the copper. I was using a big ass plier that I had in the garage and held the lentil a little to tightly. Pressure and heat caused the lentil to crack at the point where I had a hole for the bail.








I'll be working more with the copper metal clay over the weekend.

11 comments:

cath@cdpdesigns.com said...

Cool! I'm glad you got this stuff out there. It's so dang exciting. I wish I had some of my tests that were more "photo worthy" - geez, my tests were so technical... so boring!

Cathy DP

Sabine Alienor said...

Great pics!!!!!
I'm looking forward to having it too!

Colleen J. Stella said...

Sounds like really fun stuff! I've been chomping at the bit to get my hands on some. I'm jealous! ;-P

SueB383 said...

Very cool! I've been waiting for this to hit the market ... I'm jealous too!!

Question, you said you applied a heat patina with a propane torch ... do they come out of the kiln with any type of patina like the bronze does or is this the only way to achieve a patina? Or does it depend on what type of material they are fired in?

Katie said...

Awesome, Gail!! How exciting!! Woo-hoo!
Have you tried to repair the lentil you broke? It would interesting to see if repairs work the same as with BronzClay or if they're even easier. Oh boy... a new toy!

Vickie Hallmark said...

Nice! I'm anxiously waiting until it's available to us mortals.

Maggie S. said...

Great pictures, Gail! Thanks so much for sharing. Can you tell us a little more about the clay? Consistency/workability? Is it fired on a kiln shelf, like silver or gold clay, or in activated carbon like Bronzclay? What kind of shrinkage is there? I'm so excited to learn more about it!!! :)

Cris Leonard said...

Cool colors!

Maggie Bergman said...

Wow Gail! Fabulous designs and colours! Can't wait for my copper clay to get here!

When you do the heat patina, is it the same as you'd do on sheet copper (regular metal)?

Lisa Clarke said...

Wow - these are beautiful!

Gail said...

Hi Maggie....doing a heat patina on copper metal clay is just like doing it on sheet copper. I use a propane torch and have a bowl of ice water to quench it in. I just go back and forth until I get a color I like.

Hi Lisa...thanks for checking out the blog.