Was: Firing bronze metal clay for patina look
There are some benefits to using metal clay instead of casting, in
addition to the easy learning curve.
A few as follows:
You NEVER have to carve waxes, unless you choose to make a model
out of wax first, a major plus as far as I’m concerned.
The material itself can be carved directly.
You NEVER have to burn out toxic materials (like wax) or if
necessary, the volume of same is much reduced.
You can still make multiples, and more easily.
The detail of the product can be as fine, if not finer, than if
The results are almost immediate.
The material is definitely user-friendly.
Granted that the base metal clays still need some tweaking before
they become as consistently easy to use as the fine silver and
golds, but all of the above still applies.
Not that casting ain’t a great thing! It’s just that metal clay is a
new TOOL, along with all the other tools, including casting, that we
use to make our wonderful ‘stuff’. I am, of course, using “tool” to
imply a range of skills and techniques we need/choose to fabricate