Now Available: Traditional (Flex) Brilliant Bronze

Traditional (Flex) BB 100

Traditional (Flex) BB 50

So far, Hadar’s Clay™ Traditional (Flex) clays were available in copper, bronze, steel, and Rose Bronze. Now, Traditional (Flex) Brilliant Bronze (in gold color) is available as well.

For those of you who are new to the blog or to the world of metal clay, Traditional (Flex) clay is clay that stays flexible after it has been dried and allows us to weave, braid, knot, fold, and sometimes even knit and crochet. After the powder clay has been mixed with water, it needs to be mixed with glycerin. Full instructions can be found in my book, The Handbook of Metal Clay: Textures and Forms, 2nd edition. The third part of that book is dedicated to flexible clay, including preparation and projects.

You can also watch a video clip about Traditional (Flex) clay on YouTube.

Rubber bands

The project for the earrings above, made in Traditional (Flex) Brilliant Bronze, is on p. 106 of my book, The Handbook of Metal Clay: Textures and Forms, 2nd edition.

Here is a project for the earrings pictured below. Those of you who are familiar with flexible clay may want to read through, since it contains new tips.

Doodle

  1. Roll a layer of Traditional (Flex) Brilliant Bronze, 4 cards thick. Out of the layer cut 2 strips, about 3 mm wide. Wrap them around a mascara or lipstick container, seal the joints, and dry. These will be the “frames.”

    Important note: Steps 1-3 can be done with Traditional (Flex) Brilliant Bronze without mixing it with glycerin, since no flexibility is required here. However, they cannot be done with (non-flexible) Brilliant Bronze, since its shrinkage rate is lower.

  2. Wrap around container

  3. Remove the frames from the container. Roll another layer of Traditional (Flex) Brilliant Bronze, 4 cards thick, wet it, and lay the frame on top of it with slight pressure.
  4. Lay frame on top

  5. Cut the excess clay around the frames, and dry. Now you have 2 open “boxes.”
  6. Two open boxes

  7. For this step, use the clay after it has been mixed with glycerin. Roll another 2 strips, 2 cards thick, about 5″ long. Let them dry in the air or in a dehydrator.
  8. 2 more strips

    Tip: After the strips have dried, cool them for 10 minutes in the refrigerator. Before moving on to the next steps, release hard knots from the strips by following this procedure: Hold the end section of the strip between the thumbs and forefingers of both hands (left and right thumb touching, left and right forefinger touching), and wiggle/roll gently to release knots in that section. Then move along the length to the next section and repeat the process. Continue all along the strip.

  9. Attach one end of the strip to the inside of the frame, using paste. When drying, try to keep the rest of the strip away from the heat.
  10. Tip: With flexible clay always use paste, and avoid using water! Water may cause the dry clay to disintegrate.

    Attach end inside frame

  11. Start scrolling the strip inside the box.
  12. Scroll strip inside box

  13. Continue until the entire length of the strip is contained in the box.
  14. Entire length in box

  15. Move the end of the strip towards the center of the box (you can use tweezers). Secure it in place with paste. Dry.
  16. End near center

  17. Roll a layer of Traditional (Flex) Brilliant Bronze (not necessarily mixed with glycerin), 8 cards thick (2 Popsicle sticks). Cut out 2 circles, using a tube or a straw.
  18. Cut out 2 circles

  19. Cut off the bottom third of the circles. Dry them, and attach them to the top of each earrings with paste. Dry.
  20. Attach

  21. Drill holes in the circles for the ear wires.
  22. Drill holes

  23. Fire the earrings 10 degrees below mid-fire schedule. (See firing instructions in my Instruction Manual for Hadar’s Clay™.)

  24. Finish the earrings, following the instructions in the document entitled “Finishing Fired Metal Clay.” If the background is not black coming out of the kiln, use liver of sulfur.

  25. Attach gold-plated ear wires.

7 Responses to “Now Available: Traditional (Flex) Brilliant Bronze”

  • Kelly Says:

    Thanks Hadar!!!!!! You know we all love the free projects!
    I haven’t used flex clay yet, but I can’t wait to try it out! 😉

  • Georgie Galante Says:

    Thanks Hadar…more fun projects!

  • Dawn Lawrence Floen Says:

    Love the idea of using a lipstick or mascara container to make rounded squares! Why didn’t I think of that?!
    Thanks, Hadar.
    Dawn

  • Violet Says:

    Re: paste vs. water – I have all your books and couldn’t find any specifics on this but maybe I just overlooked it. When you say paste you mean clay mixed with oil, right? Do you use lavender oil? I know you have said the wrong ingredients can ruin the clay.

    Is clay mixed with water called slip? I have seen the terms used differently in different places. I just want to make sure I am doing it right. Thanks!

  • Hadar Jacobson Says:

    Violet, By paste I mean clay mixed with a bit of water to make it a little sticky. Slip is more on the liquid side. I don’t stock paste separately, I just make it as I need it by blending a wet clay shaper into the clay.

  • Loretta Says:

    Hadar,
    SO are you saying that flexible clay is made only from flex clay mixed with glycerin?
    I cannot mix glycerin with brilliant bronze and get flex clay?
    Thanks!
    Loretta

  • Hadar Jacobson Says:

    Loretta, You can, but the clay will not be as flexible. Not flexible enough to fold at sharp angles.

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