Brilliant Bronze Follow-up – How to Finish Fired Metal Clay

Following my previous posting about the launching of Brilliant Bronze, I have been asked to post a photo of regular Quick-fire bronze next to Brilliant Bronze:

BB vs. Bronze

The long rock on the pendant is made from Brilliant Bronze; the rock on the left is made from regular Quick-fire bronze. When I looked at the photo, I noticed that the bronze rock looks a little bit like Rose Bronze. I then took another photo with Rose Bronze and copper:

BB vs. the Rest

From left to right: Copper, Rose Bronze, bronze, and Brilliant Bronze.

I have also been asked how to give Brilliant Bronze a mirror finish. In fact, I am often asked how to retrieve the color of pieces that just came out of the kiln. The first project in almost all my books describes the finishing process, but it seems to be often overlooked. I’ve long been meaning to consolidate all this material into a single article, and have it as a permanent link on my blog. So here it is. This document is linked in the right-hand pane of my blog, as “Finishing Fired Metal Clay.”

Even if you are familiar with the finishing process, I suggest that you read it through to refresh your memory. I have been teaching it ever since I started teaching silver clay in the year 2000, but sometimes we get to the finishing part at the end of the workshop, when people are tired and ready to go home. I also recommend it for anyone who intends to take a workshop with me in the future. It will give you a better idea of what to expect.

The tools required for using this process, and their sources, are listed in the document entitled “Personal Tool Kit,” which is also linked from the right-hand pane of my blog. This file has been updated to include tools required to achieve a mirror finish.

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