My First Huge Piece in Bronze and Copper Clay

This piece is approximately 4″ x 4″ and weighs 8 ounces. I wanted to make a pieces as big as I can fit in the firing box. My purpose was to see if it’s possible to fire big sculptural pieces form base metal clay, and also to put my firing schedule to a test.

It is constructed out of five layers of bronze and copper clay. The stone – a natural sapphire – was fired in place.

I laid the piece high in the box and covered it with carbon. Did not use a lid for the first phase.

This is how it looked straight out of the box, after the second phase:

It was a shame to clean it up, but I did it anyway. It took about 6 hours to sand the front, and I still haven’t touched the back. That is a project for another day.

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