Art Clay World has just recently introduced a new copper clay that does not require the use of carbon, or a firing chamber. In fact, Heather our metal clay instructor has successfully torch fired this new clay! This is really exciting news, as the clay then becomes far more accessible to beaders and jewelry designers. As we know, kilns are a major investment. A good torch will only run you about $45.00 - cheaper ones can be had as well. You do need to pickle this new clay to remove the 'firescale'. A can of pickle, a small crockpot, a torch, and some copper pliers are far easier on the budget than a kiln!
The clay was released to the general public yesterday. Heather and I both got a few packages ahead of time. I've been too swamped to get a chance to play with it yet, but Heather has - You can see her notes on this new clay on her blog
As soon as I get a chance to experiment, I'll post my notes as well.
At this point, we don't have a time frame as to when/if we'll be carrying it. We'll look into it after a bit more testing. In the meantime, it can be ordered directly from artclayworld.com