Amazon Bronze Rod - Glass Alchemy
Working Tip: Flame or kiln strike 1075° F. Work Neutral; reduce end for metallic effects.
Artist Description by Mike Shelbo:
The potential for variations of finishes is the best part about Amazon Bronze. I usually work the glass in the center of the distance between my torch tip and the end of the flame (the neutral flame zone), leaving me with a deep reddish brown. Then when the piece is completed and ready to put away I will increase propane in the flame and flash the piece in and out of the fire to bring the metallic reduction to the surface. This has yielded metallic colors ranging from a shiny copper penny to a beautiful rainbow iridescence.
You can also repeatedly kiln your finished piece at 1075F to 1100F to achieve a metallic effect, leaving a slight luster finish of blues and purples and sometimes cream and green on top of your underlying dense browns and reds.
Amazon Bronze looks awesome without being encased or underneath clear or other transparent colors.
Ratings & Reviews
by Lori E
Whenever I sculpt a goddess out of Amazon Bronze, people go crazy over it; they always comment that it looks like an artifact that was just unearthed. Unfortunately, I think that has something to do with the fact that I always end up over-working it. I'm impatient, and I know I work too close to the face of my torch, but I still do it, and I always get patches of metal on the surface. I do find it less stiff (and so easier-to-work) than Northstar's Aurora.
Yields very interesting colors
by Alan R -
Amazon bronze works best when kiln struck at between 1070-1150 depending on how dark you want the color to result in. Can be encased with no problems and yields a metallic like surface when put into a reductive flame for the silver to fume out of the glass and onto the surface