Sunday, August 14, 2011

Is this how it's supposed to look?

I just fired copper clay for the first time. Is it normal to have all this
mess? My pieces sintered properly, so I must have done something right. I guess I wasn't expecting all the flakes of oxidation. And my pretty new stainless steel pan looks like yuck!

I had tried to add a texture to my birds, but it didn't take very well. My first experience with copper clay was a learning experience. It seems to dry more quickly than the silver clay, and doesn't seem to take an impression as well.

Next up....bronze clay!

Posted from a secret and remote location using my iPhone


  1. yeah, that's normal. At least you did better than me and they didn't bubble from setting the kiln to high. I finally changed over to the clay pot to put them in to fire and it stayed white through the process. Its a mess otherwise ! Have fun !

  2. Thanks! I wasn't hind sight it makes sense with the oxidation and all, I just wasn't expecting it! I read about the blistering at high temps, so I did full speed ramp to 1775 and held for 3 hours. I didn't even know about the clay pot! I think I'd like that better.

  3. hi, I just found your page, I been trying to make some art clay sharms, but I cant seem to find the material here in monterrey nuevo leon, mexico,

    I live in san pedro garza garcia, N.L.
    I just saw that in your feed says that my location is saltillo choahuila, but is not. haha just saying.

    did u take any particular lessons for jewelry design in texaas?