Bronze Clay Tutorials
This page is packed with bronze clay tutorials covering all brands of bronze metal clay. It also outlines the evolution of bronze clay brands.
Bronze Clay Evolution
Bronzclay™ was launched at the PMC Conference in July 2008. In July 2010, Fast Fire Bronzclay™ was launched, download a flyer about it here.
Hadar Jacobson sells her own brand of bronze and copper clay in powder form which you mix yourself. You’ll also find information about this form of clay here. She has also developed White Bronze Clay and Rose Bronze Clay, see below.
Prometheus bronze clay
Prometheus™ bronze clay is also available. Developed in Turkey, this bronze clay has a shorter, lower temperature firing schedule without the need for activated carbon. Available as lump clay and in syringe form. You’ll find information about Prometheus™ bronze clay here.
Meteor bronze 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.
Creative bronze clay
The PMC Studio in the UK launched Creative Bronze clay on 7th October 2011. This is made in Turkey by the same manufacturer as Prometheus Bronze clay and works the same way, essentially, it’s the same product repackaged.
Goldie bronze clay
Hadar Jacobson launched Brilliant Bronze (golden colored bronze) in September 2012 and Smart Bronze (24k gold colored bronze) in April 2013.
In January 2014, Hadar Jacobson launched Champagne Bronze.
Zab’s bronze clay
Zab’s Bronze metal clay was developed in France.
Aussie bronze clay
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.
Bonschelle bronze clay
Bonschelle Metal Clay powder is a UK brand which comes in bronze only at the moment.
July 2015 – Hadar Jacobson has simplified her product range.
Make your own bronze clay
Want to make your own? Have a look here at our DIY metal clay page!
Content checked June 2018.
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Bronze clay tutorials and information
This comprehensive tutorial tells you all you need to know about working with Bronzclay™.
Another fabulous HubPages article from Margaret Schindel. Great attention to detail, fab pictures and lots of very useful information and bronze clay tutorials. If you’re looking for everything there is to know about this new medium, this is the place. It includes some history, work by some of the leaders in the field and all you need to know to help you work with bronze clay.
Comprehensive tools and suppliers list from Margaret Schindel. Together with her definitive Bronzclay™ article (above), this is everything you need to understand and start to work with the new base metal clays.
Fantastically thorough bronze clay tutorial about what can go wrong and how to tell if your clay is over or under fired. Great pictures.
Bronze and Copper Clay Downloadable Tutorials – Creative Metal Clay
Lots of downloadable pdf bronze clay tutorials using Creative brand bronze and also copper clay.
Drying the clay using heat can lead to cracking. In this bronze clay tutorial, alternative ways of drying the clay are discussed and some surprising conclusions result!
From Metal Adventures, this is the Material Safety Data Sheet for Fast Fire Bronzclay.
Learn how to make tube beads in bronze metal clay and copper metal clay with this great tutorial. Good pictures.
On this page you can find links to a lot of great bronze clay tutorials for firing bronze clay.
Firing Glass and White Bronze Clay – Carrie Story
Firing glass with bronze might sound impossible, but it is actually very easy to do. You still need to use carbon to assist the bronze with sintering. So, how do you protect the glass from getting carbon in it? In this bronze clay tutorial, Carrie explains how to build a steel mesh box to place over your glass during firing. This technique allows for limitless design options. And, white bronze is the perfect non-precious metal to use with your glass. It fires in exactly the correct range for adhering the glass to the surface of it.
This short and easy to understand guide gives specific instructions for firing bronze and copper clay using the Evenheat and Sierra kilns. From PMC Connection.
This simple pendant is excellent for the metal clay beginner. It features a built in bail that is well proportioned and clean. Learn a simple technique for creating a layered effect with Jewelry Shape Templates. The finished pendant weighs 11 grams in bronze. Can be made with any kind of metal clay. From Cool Tools
Updated in May 2013, this instruction pdf has everything you need to work with all the Goldie Bronze varieties and Goldie Copper clay.
Goldie Bronze Clay™ – Anna Mazon
This page has a wealth of information from Polish metal clay artist Anna Mazon. She has tested Goldie Bronze Clay and here are the results of those tests.
This blog has tips and hints about using Hadar’s Copper and Bronze clay powder. Well written and illustrated.
Great overview of the firing schedules for mixed metal clays using Hadar’s range of bronze and copper clays.
Instruction Manual for Hadar’s One-Fire Clays – Hadar Jacobson
This downloadable PDF was added in January 2017.
Instruction Manual for Hadar’s Clay™ Quick-fire Copper, Bronze, Pearl Grey Steel, Steel, and White Bronze and Rose Bronze – Hadar Jacobson
This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about working with Hadar’s base metal clays. It replaces all the previous guides and contains a quick reference guide which is perfect for your studio wall or to give to students. Hadar updates this regularly so check out whether you have the most up-to-date version.
The French bronze clay from Meteor is available to buy here. The bronze clay tutorial is in French.
Mixing Instructions for Copper and Bronze Clay Powder – Hadar Jacobson
Mokume Gane with Bronze Clay, Copper Clay and Paper Clay – Cindy Silas
Download this great tutorial about making mokume gane with the base metal clays.
Mokume Gane without an Extruder – Hadar Jacobson
The three clays which create the pattern of colors are Friendly Bronze, Friendly Copper, and Pearl Grey SteelXT. Most of the mokume-gane techniques in metal clay are done with an extruder. Here is a beginners’ project for mokume-gane which does not require an extruder. It is a downloadable PDF called “Twist and Slice.”
Prometheus™ Bronze Clay is a claylike material which turns into pure, solid bronze when fired in a kiln. It is a mixture of micron sized bronze powder, water and organic binder. It can be formed by hand, rolled into a sheet or a rope. It can be molded, textured, even turned on a potter’s wheel. Prometheus™ Bronze Claycan be fired with most lab-created gemstones (cubic zirconias), pre-tested natural stones, glass beads, ceramic and porcelain.
This bronze clay tutorial from Sherri Haab and Metal Clay Supply covers everything you need to know about working with Bronzclay™.
Spoon and Fork Earrings – Hadar Jacobson
These simple but effective earrings are made with Hadar’s Brilliant Bronze clay. Read how to make them in this bronze clay tutorial.
Great article showing how to seal patina or preserve the surface color of metal without losing the qualities of the color.
Understanding Metal Clay – Hadar Jacobson
Very useful and informative article by Hadar. It explains the sintering process that all metal clays go through during firing. Hadar demystifies the alchemy of metal clay firing and talks about all types of metal clay.
Welcome to Bronzclay Booklet from Rio Grande.
Official guide to using Bronzclay.
White Bronze (Prometheus) Firing Test – Carrie Story
Prometheus White Bronze Clay is a beautiful silver metal clay with a very slight hint of yellow once fired and polished. The clay is a light grey color while wet and dry, and dark grey/black after firing. Prometheus White Bronze has a shorter firing temperature range than Prometheus Copper and Bronze. This shorter range makes it much more important to test your first pieces before firing your final product.
Learn how to work with Hadar’s white bronze and make this textured pendant with this bronze clay tutorial.
Metal Clay Zab’s Bronzes™ are available in three colors, Luna Bronze™ a white bronze, Sol Bronze™ a golden bronze and Rojo Bronze™ a red bronze. Download user guides here.
Xuella Arnold – Bronze Clay Exploration
Xuella has written up some of her experiences with Bronzclay™ especially for the Metal Clay Academy….
“I’ve been busy working with the bronze clay, I’ve just finished running some workshops in schools with the Henley on Thames Youth Festival, which is on over April.
I went into primary schools and worked with children around the age of 9-10 and they made flying birds which had the starting title of freedom, it was great to see how they got on with the bronze clay, they definitely found moulding it the hardest ,as they found it cracked a lot with a lot of use. When I fired the moulded heart shapes it was interesting because on some of them, the inside was hollow and a lot of black dust came out, which was obviously unsintered clay it didn’t affect the outside shape , I’m not sure if it was because the clay hadn’t fully dried out, but it could be used to an advantage, to create hollow shapes.
I also noticed that the pieces that were fired further down in the container had a more golden colour with the coal based carbon. Here is a picture of one of the birds that one of the children made.
I’ve also been having a nightmare making a bronze pagoda, which is becoming a never ending project! I’ve been fabricating the pieces with templates and then joining and assembling it with slip, but there are a lot of problems with the shrinkage rate, which distorts the shape ,which in some cases has been used to an advantage, but other times the piece just gets pulled apart on the joins. I have managed to rebuild some of the pieces and to rejoin unfired clay to fired clay using slip and extra clay, but it’s very slow going. I hope to have it finished for the Henley show which is on May 15th. If anyone else is making anything of this sort of size any advice would be great. The finished piece is going to be about 20cm high. Heres a photo of work in progress!
It’s looking quite a mess at the moment. Also if anyone knows where you can get a larger stainless steel container and lid that will fit inside a pmc evenheat kiln, as the ones you can buy are very small.”
Bronze and Silver Compass