Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bronze Clay Bangle Bracelet

The carved bronze clay bangle, fresh out of the kiln. This is the most vivid color I've had from my clay and charcoal. Did it take several runs to get the charcoal conditioned? Or was it that I fished the bangle out hot, resubmerged, then quenched in water? The color seemed to come up as I dried it. It's more blue and less fluorescent orange than it looks in these photos of both sides.

In any case, the patina is rather fragile for a bangle, so I will be giving a bit of a polish to the piece. Stay tuned.


  1. Vickie, I was looking forward to seeing your bangle- it's gorgeous!
    One question, did you notice any shrinkage to the inside diameter, or did you compensate ahead of time?
    Can't wait to see what else came out of the kiln ;)

  2. Thanks, Aja!
    No, as others had warned me, the shrinkage seems to be to the cross section of the bracelet. If you look carefully, you can see the round holes that I drilled around the perimeter are now ovals. They shrunk along the radius of the bangle, but not along the perimeter. I sized the bangle so that I could barely squeeze my hand into it, and it fits nicely now.