Deciphering Test Strips

Second of a Two Part Series: Sintering, Test Strips and Carbon-Fired Clays In my last post I talked about why test strips are a good idea. For this article, I talked with Bill Struve, inventor of BRONZClay and COPPRClay, and … Continue reading

Why Use Test Strips?

First of a Two Part Series: Sintering, Test Strips and Carbon-Fired Clays Ever since I’ve been using carbon-fired clays, I have become a big advocate of test strips. A lot of work can be wasted without the information that they … Continue reading

The Basics of Sintering Carbon-Fired Clay

With the arrival of metal clay that needs to be fired in carbon came a whole set of challenges—determining the proper firing schedule and producing sintered pieces being the biggest. Quirky shrinkage can be another. It’s helpful to have a … Continue reading

From Sketch to Metal with a Computer’s Help

Fourth of a Four Part Series: Designing for Metal Clay In my series so far, I’ve talked about calculating metal clay shrinkage and enlargement, and then using those calculations to create templates from your sketches. You trace your sketches and … Continue reading

From Sketch to Metal

Third of a Four Part Series: Designing for Metal Clay In my previous two posts I talked about how to calculate metal clay shrinkage, and how to calculate the enlargement rate of a design to accommodate this shrinkage. So why … Continue reading

Artist Profile – Donna Lewis, Scottsdale AZ
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So I was watching one of those award shows and flashed back to those chandelier earrings I made in high school (with a lapidary upgrade to be sure).  I was inspired.  Had to recreate some of the wonderful dangly, jingly, yummy ear art I … Continue reading