Champagne Bronze and Friendly Copper are new, easy-to-fire clays, suitable for both beginners and experienced users of metal clay. They fire in one phase only, with no pre-firing or test-firing, and no issues of under-firing or over-firing. They are now available for sale on our online store.
When fired on its own, Champagne Bronze has a champagne color. Friendly Copper has the same color as Quick-fire copper.
A separate, 4-page Instruction Manual for Champagne Bronze
and Friendly Copper is now available for download. It can also be accessed from the right-hand pane of this blog.
For mixed-metal enthusiasts, Champagne Bronze and Friendly Copper make it easy to create mixed metal pieces consisting of two or three metals. They combine with each other and with Low-shrinkage Steel XT to create a fascinating color combination. The color contrast shows immediately when the surface is buffed with a coarse buffing wheel. There is no need to enhance the colors with patina.
The firing schedule for each of the three clays and all of them combined in one piece is the same: 2 hours at 1750°F/955°C (brick kiln) or 1830°F/999°C (muffle kiln). Those of you who own the SpeedFire ElectricMini 1800 Kiln can safely fire for 2 hours on #10 on the SpeedFire® Temperature Control (#9 for Champagne Bronze on its own).
To get started, here are two beginners’ projects for pieces combining the three clays.