In this long awaited workshop, Instructor Darlene Armstrong will teach students how to use Prometheus Copper Clay. Darlene has found that this brand of copper clay is the most reliable clay on the market so far for predictable results. This copper clay can be fired four different ways, including with a butane or acetylene torch.
Copper clay is relatively inexpensive and many pieces can be produced from 100 grams of clay. Students will have ample opportunity to experiment with the clay to see what it can do and Darlene will help with the ideas and details.
Darlene will be demonstrating how to use molds and rubber mats to create textures (both provided by the school). Students can also try adding textures to already dried pieces with flexshaft bits, if they wish. CZ’s can be fired in the clay and copper wire can be used to add findings. Other items covered will be how to file and sand to clean up to obtain the best polish result after firing. As well as how to easily lighten up a dried-heavy molded piece and what thicknesses and dimensions work well with each firing option.
Polishing options will be covered and demonstrated in class. This clay shines up beautifully in a tumbler or polished by hand.
Students will get to fire two pieces with a butane torch and two with an acetylene torch. The rest of the pieces finished in class will be kiln fired by Darlene and picked up at a later date.
With this exciting new type of clay, it is not necessary to fire it in the stainless steel container with carbon, although you can if you want to. For the purposes of this class, Darlene will demonstrate the kiln firing process which will not be using a steel container or carbon.
Come and find out for yourself what you can do with this new type of COPPER CLAY!!