Friday, 1 January 2010

Art Clay Copper - Cutting, Ring Making & Finishing

Art Clay Copper cuts beautifully and doesn't stick to cutters. It's less sticky than the previous Bronze and Copper clays which combined with the easy texturing and quick firing makes it an ideal prospect for classes.For this testing process I've made five rings on sized mandrels. 12,11,10,10-,9
The clay stuck together well with an angled cut and water join but to be extra sure I gave it a smoosh (technical term there, lol) with the texture plate. This applied extra pressure to seal the join and helped disguise where it was.Hopefully if ACC becomes popular Aida will bring out an Art Clay Copper Syringe type.
When measured after drying the rings are about 1/2 size bigger (I use paper wraps) measuring
I shall measure them again after firing.
These some of the pieces made from a 50g pack. The pieces used a mix of the blue slats from Rio, 4 cards thick and the red, 6 cards thick slats.
Once dry I sanded and baby wiped the edges of the pieces. Art Clay Copper sands relatively easily & I found it less "dusty" in comparison to bronze clay. I made sure I wore a mask though as breathing in metal isn't clever!


  1. cool! can't wait to see the results!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Happy new Year to you too :)
    The results are in the tumbler
    Nic x

  3. Can't wait to try copper and bronze clay! Look forward to seeing your results!

  4. There are some results on the firing ACC post :)
    Nic xx

  5. Cool! i still have a pack of the old copper, need to use it up! Im excited to not have to use the firing pan which makes one big mess.
    Happy New year too :) xx

  6. Yep use the old copper up, give the kiln a good hoover & then trythe new stuff :)
    You still get some residue though no where near as much as the previous formula
    Nic xx

  7. I started using PMC last summer and love it, I like to try out the copper too. I don't have a kiln so can I use my fire torch for that and is it the same method as using silver. I like to try copper some time this year.

    Happy New Year to you

    Myra xx


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