Copper. My next adventure.
So far, all of my beads have been fine silver. When I started making beads, the only copper clay that I found needed to be fired in a kiln, so it was out of the question. Around the same time, I also looked into bronze clay, but it needed to be kiln-fired and embedded in carbon, so it was really out of the question!
Then, near the end of last year, I found a brand of copper clay that said it could be fired with a torch. Since a package of copper only runs about $15, I stuck it on my wishlist and was pleasantly surprised when I found a package under the Christmas tree!
I particularly wanted the copper clay after getting the Trollbeads copper bangle and stoppers last September. I find the silver beads look a little too stark on it, so I stick with all-glass combinations. But, having a copper bead or two would give me a few more options and hopefully I’d get a bit more use out of the copper bangle.
I still haven’t tried out the copper clay yet, though. Much like the first time that I made a silver piece, I want my first copper piece to be special. And, even though it was relatively inexpensive, I’m still a bit afraid of ruining it.
But, even though I haven’t made a single copper piece yet, I already know what my next challenge will be: making a mixed-metal silver and copper piece!
What metals do you prefer for jewellery? Do you stick with one kind, or mix and match?