Web Based Copper Metal Clay Tutorials and Guides
Bill Struve has developed bronze and copper clays which come as ready mixed lumps of clay. Hadar Jacobson has produced bronze and copper clays that come as powders which you mix with water. Both these products work in a similar way to the silver and gold clays although the firing is more complicated. Bronze and copper clay require an oxygen free environment to fire so the dried pieces are buried in activated carbon in a stainless steel pan and fired in a kiln. Hadar has also developed a Quick Fire Copper clay powder which has a much simpler firing schedule and can be torch fired.
The makers of Art Clay, Aida Chemicals have launched their own copper clay (October 2009). This has a much simpler firing schedule than the other copper clays available, except Hadar's Quick Fire Copper clay. Find out more about Art Clay Copper here.
Prometheus Copper Clay is also now available. This has a short firing schedule and requires no special firing pan. And it comes as syringe clay as well as lump clay.
In December 2010, Meteor bronze clay was launched by a French developer and then Meteor copper clay was released in January 2011. Meteor white bronze clay was launched in July 2011. They also have gold bronze classic, pink bronze classic, white bronze classic, light bronze classic, gold bronze ultrafine, pink bronze ultrafine, white bronze ultrafine, light bronze ultrafine and copper ultrafine.
The PMC Studio in the UK launched Creative Copper clay on 7th October 2011. This is made in Turkey by the same manufacturer as Prometheus Copper clay and works the same way, essentially, it's the same product repackaged.
In January 2014, Hadar Jacobson launched Friendly Copper. This new copper clay fires in one step only (no second phase required), at the same firing schedule as Champagne Bronze and Low-shrinkage Steel XT. All three clays, on their own and in combination with each other, fire in carbon for two hours at 1750°F (brick kiln)/1830°F (muffle kiln).
In March 2014, Metal Adventures launched White Copprclay. NOTE: WHITE COPPRclay is composed of copper and nickel. Customers within the European Union, please be aware that this item contains nickel and may not be in compliance with EU regulation EN1811-2011.
Aussie Metal Clay launched in 2014 and became available worldwide in 2015. It is available in a wide range of bronze colours, copper, 960 silver and 999 silver.
Useful article from Metal Clay Guru.
Brief and useful article about working with Copprclay.
Firing and Enameling Art Clay Copper - Pam East
This blog entry has lots of great tips and hints on firing Art Clay Copper and then enameling it. There is more information here than in the next article Pam wrote for Metal Clay Guru.
Firing Art Clay Copper - Pam East
Short and informative article by Pam east about firing Art Clay copper clay.
Gail has lots of information about her copper clay experimentation.
On this page you can buy bronze and copper clay powder. You can also find mixing, handling and firing instructions here.
This blog has tips and hints about using Hadar's Copper and Bronze clay powder. Well written and illustrated.
Hadar continues to push the envelope and develop new ways of ensuring bronze and copper clays sinter every time. She's now come up with this mini kilns idea using a soft fire brick to construct individual boxes to go into the kiln creating mini kilns for your bronze and copper clay pieces. Allows you to fire many items at the same time, like the little boxes in the above post - but these are more durable and will last longer after the initial work to construct them. Genius!
Great blog post showing Hadar's experiments in firing base metal clays in layers. Lots of tips and hints here.
This blog post by Hadar shows you how to combine copper clay and white bronze clay to create a rose gold coloured clay.
In her ongoing effort to improve the success of firing and sintering of the base metal clays, Hadar has come up with a way of firing mixed loads of large, small and hollow forms by using fiber paper boxes inside the carbon box. Have a look at this blog entry and give it a try!
Lava Ring - Angela Baduel-Crispin
This unisex ring has a slightly rough, masculine look and can be a great gift for a man. It combines silver, copper and concrete and also includes some alternative designs. This tutorial is from the Creative Fire website. Bague Lave Par Angela Baduel-Crispin is also available in French here.
In this tutorial Mary Ellin shows how to combine silver and copper clays to create alloys and “married metal” projects. She has developed this technique through extensive experimentation and testing.
There's not much information about it but if you speak French, you can learn more here.
Prometheus Copper Clay fires in 30 minutes at 850 degrees C and requires no special firing pan. And it comes as syringe clay as well as lump clay.
Full instructions on the various ways of firing Prometheus Copper Clay.
Texturing Art Clay Copper - Sabine Alienor
Tutorial in French with very good pictures.
What Clay to Use - Hadar Jacobson
Hadar says, " I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what clays to use. I admit it’s getting confusing with so many types of clay, but there is an answer to that. I will try to make it as simple as possible." This blog post will help you to decide which clay to use for what application.
Adjustable Rings - Hadar Jacobson
Hadar says, "I’ve been often asked if the metal is somewhat workable after firing, and wanting to be better safe than sorry, I’ve always said “No, do all fabrication before firing!” I still do all my fabrication before firing, but I also want to have the fired pieces be a little adjustable. What if a ring, for example, doesn’t come out the size I intended it to be? As you may have noticed, many factors can affect the shrinkage of a ring, including size, thickness, firing schedule, and firing environment (what else is in the kiln). So I experimented with a few open rings...."
Three variations of one design. Simple changes to size and color can create very different effects. Prometheus copper as well as silver clay are used in these projects.
Bulls Eye Earrings - Hadar Jacobson
These earrings combine Hadar's bronze, copper and steel clays.
Color-patterned Hair Band - Hadar Jacobson
Another tutorial from Hadar using the ClayMill Extruder. The ClayMill Extruder comes with 5 dies. What is the serrated (zigzag) slot for? One technique in traditional Damascus steel and mokume-gane is to emboss the layered sheets of metals (the billet) to about a third of their thickness and then file off the raised parts to reveal the pattern. The die with the serrated slot mimics this technique.
Prometheus Copper, PMC3, and Copper Wire combine in this pendant inspired by natural materials. From PMC Connection.
Great picture tutorial showing how to make this stunning lion head bangle with Prometheus Copper Clay.
Take advantage of the strength and affordability of COPPRclay with this beautiful rustic bracelet. Copper's strength makes it ideal for a cuff, which needs to be strong as it will be prone to more wear and tear than a pendant or pair of earrings. From Metal Clay Guru
Learn how to make tube beads in bronze metal clay and copper metal clay with this great tutorial. Good pictures.
For those of you who are new to the jewelry profession terminology, “married metals” means one continuous surface of metal composed of different metals, as opposed to a segmented surface, where there is a space separating one metal from another. In this project, Hadar is using her own brand Friendly Copper and White Satin clays.
Another great tutorial from Hadar with minimal waste of silver.
Great picture tutorial showing how to make these copper clay earrings.
Picture tutorial showing you how to make and torch fire this copper clay leaf.
Log Bracelet - Hadar Jacobson
In this tutorial, Hadar uses the ClayMill Extruder to produce a natural wood grain texture, a tangible texture, not just a color pattern.
Mixed metal pendant using silver clay and Prometheus copper clay from PMC Connection.
Multi Coloured Lentil Earrings - Hadar Jacobson
The project is made from Quick-fire copper, Quick-fire Bronze XT, and low-shrinkage Steel XT.
Multi Coloured Lentil Pendant - Hadar Jacobson
This is also made with copper, Bronze XT, and low-shrinkage steel XT. They seem to work pretty well together. You will also need a doming mold and a trillion-shaped cutter or template.
The pod of the Mesquite tree makes a great starting point for a beautiful copper enameled necklace. From PMC Connection.
This is a great tutorial for learning how to combine bronze and copper clay. It's in French but with very good pictures you'll be able to follow it even if you don't read French.
This tutorial in French and English shows step by step how to work with the new Art Clay Copper.
Another great tutorial from Sabine in French.
Tutorial in French and English about combining Art Clay Copper with a small piece of titanium using a prong setting.
Tutorial in French showing how to make a pendant using Art Clay Copper and then colouring it with UV Resin. Good pictures as with all Sabine's tutorials.
Watch Band in Mokume Gane - Hadar Jacobson
Another take on the combination of Hadar's bronze, copper and steel clays in a watch band.