Ceramic sculpture with bronze finish

here be dragons

I love making sculptures out of found objects such as this sea shell and a dragon I made out of plaster of Paris and then bronzed.
Mood critter

My neighbour’s daughter’s fingers and a clam. I cast her fingers in plaster of Paris.

shell baby

These are all Mood Critters; little sculptures I make to amuse myself, mainly. They all have a bronze effect finish.
I recently wrote a post featuring a ceramic torso with a bronze effect finish, and I have since had several emails asking me how to achieve that effect.

gallery 3

So I thought I’d share the secret…
Copy of Bum29-1_edited

You need;
Bronze metal filler powder ( can be found at Tiranti’s)
Graphite powder
Matt clear water based varnish
Wire wool, medium grade
A few very good face masks

Mix varnish and bronze filler until you get a creamy consistency, and it covers your bisque fired sculpture.
Wait for the varnish to dry completely; say overnight just to be on the safe side.
This is the colour you will get when it dries;
The bib and crown is painted with a gold glaze and has been glaze fired. There is no reason why you can’t glaze some areas and use the bronze effect on others. The red heart on the Bottom Vase above is glazed.

Next, you mix the graphite powder with varnish, but now you want a slightly thinner consistency. Paint your sculpture and let dry for another 24 hours.
Rub the sculpture with the wire wool to expose the metallic finish. But do wear a good quality face mask and rubber gloves; it is a tedious and very, very long job.

Finally polish your piece with a wax polish.




About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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10 Responses to Ceramic sculpture with bronze finish

  1. Alastair says:

    They are excellent Anna


  2. Jane says:

    I really adore the shell pieces, delicate and unexpected. Well done.


  3. Per says:

    Very nice work! The small shells are interesting but the “bronze” torso is a favourite 😉


  4. Lynda says:

    I am in love with those shells! Especially the one with the hand, Anna.


  5. sriramjanak says:

    beautiful Anna …just beautiful 🙂


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