Bronze is a great alloy to use for creating musical tones, and BRONZclay™ makes it a snap to achieve a wide range of tones by allowing you to easily mold and manipulate the thickness and shape of your metal.
In the following video, Mark Nelson shares his approach to this project:
From Rio Grande:
BRONZclay™ needs to be as hard as it can be coming out of the kiln, otherwise you’re more likely to get a dull thud sound rather than a more enjoyable musical sound. Lowering the ramp temperature, holding for a longer time and letting the kiln cool naturally should produce a harder bronze. Change the ramp to 150°F per hour and hold at 1550° for four hours.
Changing the “tune”
The thinner the clay is rolled out, the higher the pitch. Hammering the piece with a ball-peen hammer over a steel block will compress the metal and change the “tune” of your piece. Adding a patina will also alter the sound, either dulling it or enhancing it.
Items used during this segment:
Sterling oval jump ring
High-speed steel twist drill
Steel bench block
Swanstrom pliers and cutter set
Sterling 5.9mm cable chain, 71/2″
Green patina, 4 oz.
BRONZclay™, 100 grams
Coal-based, acid-washed carbon
Coconut-based, acid-washed carbon
Bronze Metal Clay by Yvonne M. Padilla
Have you made something musical from BRONZEclay (or from anything else)? If so, we would really love to see it! Please post a picture in the comments.