These dangle 2" below the ear wire and the blade is 1.5" wide. Love them.
I almost threw it all out a couple of weeks ago and would have done so today with my big desk purge (scheduled for this afternoon) if it hadn't been for a Facebook comment by Angela Crispin. Gotta love that you can get advice from France in real time.
Sweet, simple little hoops with a bit of carving. The hoop measures about 1.25"
Just to check out her schedule I threw those old failures in the hot blue box and waited. Guess what happened? They sintered!!!!! Yay!!! Success. If those old things fired right, then anything will. I think. I threw some student work in and that sintered too. First time. I have another batch in right now, charms for the Etsy MetalClay team's charm swap.
A big pile of other stuff waiting to be finished. The soldering's done on the blades in the front, but they haven't been polished yet.
So the magic formula is: (insert drum roll here)
• Step 1 - Place your pieces flat on a kiln shelf or supported on fiber blanket in an open firing at ramp 480ºF to 555ºF and hold for one hour
• Step 2 - Wait until it cools down enough that you're comfortable handling them and transfer to the stainless steel sink and carbon in the way we've been taught with a full ramp to 1650ºF for 3.5 hours. I fire to 1670ºF myself, but you should try 1650 and then up the temp by ten degrees with each successive firing until you see pimples from the coal. Then back down to the previous temp. Copper doesn't melt until around 1980ºF and I figure that just like silver clay, the higher you fire, the better.
Thanks Angela. You may have just renewed my faith in the wondrous CopprClay.
Look for my Etsy shop update next Wednesday.