Flexible Clay

The photo above is a 4-stranded braid made out of flexible copper clay, by Hope Weiner.

Bronze and copper clay powder make wonderful flexible clay. In fact, they are even nicer to work with than flexible silver clay. They feel like soft leather, and stay this way for a long time. The directions for making flexible clay are the same as in ny book: The Handbook of Metal Clay: Textures and Forms.

However, glycerin does not burn well in carbon. When you fire flexible clay, make sure to cover the pieces with a very thin layer of carbon for the first phase of firing. Don’t use a lid. To be on the safe side, you can either extend the length of the first phase, or repeat the second phase twice.

These photos show some more flexible clay pieces that I made out of bronze clay powder.


Leave a Reply