Friday, 13 February 2009

Another Experimental Bronze Clay Cuff


Well, I've stayed off my torch this week due to my chest infection. Coughing into the flame is highly annoying when you are trying to be steady for precise dots! So I have focused my time on some metal clay work - specifically the Bronze Clay. My last cuff was something of a disaster - hidden cracks only showing them selves in the form of huge splits after firing. BUT never one to be deterred I tried a plain cuff - and had a play with a technique called Water Etching.


Its not perfect - but I think I like it! Its really nice way to get a unique design onto your work. Next time I experiment though I may do it with a smaller piece! This took me HOURS!!! I havent been able to find any other etched BronzClay work so I'd really love to know what you think!

11 comments:

ali bali jewellery said...

ooh it worked!!

The Little Bead Shop Studio Blog said...

It did :) Like it?

ali bali jewellery said...

I particularly like the heart shape..... ha ha!!

Becky said...

I love it. I really like water etching, the effect is lovely and i find it fun to do too and I think you have done a fab job with this its a gorgeous piece

ChatElaine said...

Phwoor!! That is totally fabulous!! I want it, I want it!!! I just love what you are doing with the bronze clay. Then I really like chunky jewellery anyway. Will check out what else you've been making as I have got so behind because of the tutorials and the blog giveaway event I've just been doing. Awesome!

Fired Silver said...

IT'S GORGEOUSSSSSSS B xxx

Lynne Glazzard said...

That cuff is lovely! I have finally got around to buying some of the bronze clay but not really got to the point of wanting to use it yet... I tried the water etching technique a while ago on the art clay silver and it makes fantastic cells for enamelling into. Maybe you should plan to do a water etching class before we get around to doing the enamelling one?
x

The Little Bead Shop Studio Blog said...

Thanks for the comments everyone!!! I'm working on water etching some Art Clay next :)

Lynn - I could do that - setting new dates very soon, will send you a pm xx

Jenn said...

This is gorgeous! I can envision a glass cabochon nestled into a lovely wide cuff like that...some way to mix the two. As always - love your work and the new and exciting things you're doing!

The Little Bead Shop Studio Blog said...

Thanks for the kind words Jenn :)

Ruth said...

This looks great. Love your water etching technique.