Saturday, July 03, 2010

Bronze Clay Success

The bronze clay bracelet parts came through the firing just fine, three cards thick and all. Even the slight carving lines didn't split open. It only took six iterations to figure out the wire lengths for linkages, with lots of picking up dropped bits with precarious one crutch positions. On the other hand, the hidden wire clasp worked great the first time. I'd really like to get more reproducibly nice balls on the bronze wire, but I haven't figured that out yet. Some balls are really dimpled.

The carved ring didn't shrink as much as I expected, since I forgot about the difference in shrinkage for Hadar's bronze versus Bill's. (This is Hadar's -- you could tell just by the color of the clay in the previous pictures.)