I have been playing a lot with the new FastFire BRONZclay and Yesterday I got the crazy idea to create rings with this clay.
I know I could have made some simple designs for my test but I just can not go simple!! ;-) I love big, detail pieces and that is what I did.
The shrinkage in this type of clay is bigger than the silver clay, because of this I made the rings 3 sizes bigger instead of 2 that I usually do with silver.
During the construction of this ring, I had a few challenges.
This type of clay is very smooth and when I work with it in its fresh stage, it is very difficult to build walls. I managed to work with it and at the end the structure of the ring was good.
Hand sculpting the flowers was very easy.
I really enjoyed this part of the creation because everything went very smooth.
The ring end up being heavier than I usually do when I make rings, and I think this can be a big challenge to get the whole piece to sinter completely.
For my second ring I went a little more simpler, well I think.
I used a mold I made with my original casting face I have in sterling.
After the face was dry and I carved the crown around it, I attached it to my carved ring band.
At this moment my rings are being fire in the kiln.
I am crossing my fingers that they will come out in good condition.
We will see........
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep."
~ Scott Adams