For those who wonder about the color of Dark Champagne Bronze, here is a tutorial.
A note for my customers and students in Canada (and the United States), please check out this workshop. The location is Glen Williams, one hour away from Toronto and two hours from Niagara Falls. The workshop is an introduction to pictorial and architectural jewelry. We will make an indoor scene and learn a technique called “reverse construction” or “underlay.” Not as hard as it sounds. It’s actually a lot of fun.
Now on to the project:
Dark Champagne Bronze is a one-fire clay with the color of Quick-fire Bronze.
You will need: a leather band and a circular mold to make the medallion. The project focuses on the back part of the medallions. The medallions I used are two of my mokume-gane molds.
1. Press a generous chunk of Dark Champagne Bronze into the mold. Without taking the clay out turn the mold over and press it onto the work surface to flatten the clay. Pull the mold out, cut away the excess clay and dry. (The picture below shows two medallions, made for two separate bracelets.)
2. Place the medallion upside down on the leather band. With a pencil, mark 2 vertical lines a little above and below the leather band.
3. Roll out a layer of Dark Champagne Bronze 14 cards thick. Out of the layer cut two strips, 5 mm wide. The length should be about half the diameter of the medallion. Wet the back of the medallion and attach the strips: the top strip above the top pencil line, the bottom strip below the bottom pencil line. Dry.
4. Roll a layer of Dark Champagne Bronze 6 cards thick. Lay it next to the back of the medallion.
5. Align your tissue blade with the top of the top strip. Cut into the layer.
6. Align the tissue blade with the bottom of the bottom layer. Cut into the layer again.
7. Place the cut layer under the medallion. Align the tissue blade with the right end of the strips and cut.
8. Align the tissue blade with the left side of the strips and cut again.
9. Wet the strips, pick up the cut rectangle and fit it on top of them. Dry.
10. Fill in all gaps between the strips and the rectangle. Dry.
11. Make sure that the leather band fits comfortably into the slot.
12. Stick pieces of fiber paper into the slot to prevent it from slumping.
13. Fire at 1720°F/938°C (brick kiln); 1770°F/965°C (muffle kiln) for 2 hours.
The bracelet in the photo below is done in a similar way. See instructions in Patterns of Color of Metal Clay, pp. 71-73.