I've had a little 100 gram packet of bronze clay sitting in the fridge for a little over a week. Today was the day. No porcelain clay day, too much wind, too much pollen blowing around, too much asthma, to go out into the studio.
This is a new adventure for me. I love fire. I love the alchemy of taking ground up bronze made into a pliable mixture that resembles clay and turning it into metal. Actually, it is already metal just not solid. It's not really clay. It just works a little like clay. I've read a lot about this stuff. Its pretty new in terms of metal clay. Most say that it is sticky to work with and dries out quickly. Well, I gotta say those people have never worked with the porcelain I use. This stuff was very pliable and really did have quite a long working time.
So what I did was use some plaster moulds that I use for porcelain and make a few test pieces. I dried them in my dehydrator (no I'm not a full on crunchy earth mamma, I use it for hiking and back packing food). Once dry, I sanded them with emory cloth, and then packed them in activated carbon, according to the directions.
Five hours firing later and a couple to cool this is what came out of the kiln. Definitely metal. This stuff is tough. I can't bend it. I can't break it. Surface? Yuk. There is a lot of carbon built up there. A quick cleaning with a wire brush shows the metal beneath. Tomorrow I'll be taking a brillo pad and brasso to these pieces to see what happens.