I felt that I just have a bit too much going on right now take time to experiment with it, because I know if I have some I would want to play with it to the exclusion of anything else. Still, I was feeling a lot of clay envy...so imagine my delight when I discovered this new NEW clay!
It is rather less amenable to texturing than silver clay. I have heard it comes in two textures, "Smooth" and "Crunchy". This is the crunchy version, with built in texture, which will be a real time saver.
I found it to be very malleable, forgiving and soft to work with. It doesn't dry out quickly, in fact, it doesn't dry out at all.
Well, after this exciting experimentation I felt a little hungry...I wasn't entirely happy with some of these pieces, so I ate them on toast. Can't do that with most clays!
Torch firing is an option for this as the particles don't need much heat to sinter perfectly. And instead of toxic fumes of any kind, it releases a nice toasty odor! Completely safe!
After firing: As you can see there was no shrinkage and no loss of the fine texture. One issue, however, is that it doesn't take a patina very well. I tried it in liver of sulpher and it simply dissolved. This will require further experimentation.
Of course you know I'm just teasing! I love the bronze clay pieces you all are producing! ANd in January, when I am suffering from cabin fever, I'll be trying it out too!