At my favorite bead shop here in Dallas, Beading Dreams, I noticed they were offering a class called Introduction to PMC and another class called Polka Dot Ring. Now, I’m not against taking classes, I just choose not to. I like to try things out on my own and learn by trial and error. That’s always been my style. But this time, I decided to give these two classes a go.
Before I get into what the class taught me, let me define PMC: Precious Metal Clay. PMC-fine silver particles bound together by organic matter. Once fired, .999 fine silver is reveled. Fine silver is a higher grade than sterling silver and does not tarnish.
The Introduction to PMC taught me beginner skills of how to use PMC in 3 forms: slip, syringe and lump clay. Below you can see a picture of my work kit for the class.
Work kit for class
I am not that great using syringe to make a pendant as you will see in the photo below. This is very hard and requires a steady hand.
Syringe Pendant w/Glass Cab
However, syringe is great to help bond elements of your lump clay together once dried to greenware. (I know! I should have taken pictures all along the process, but I didn’t.) Also below, you will see a leaf.
I created this by painting approximately 12 coats of slip onto a leaf. The leaf eventually falls off and once fired, we are left with the impression of the leaf we started with. I love this design…so organic and plays right into the LunaTeal collection. Expect more of these types of designs to come. Below is the leaf with a liver of sulfur petina. I didn’t care for it too much so we refired the pendant to burn it off and take it back to silver.
We also got experience using molds. I used a circular mold with a simple design just to see how it would turn out. It turned out great! Below you’ll ‘see a molded pendant with a garnet in the center.
Slap Pendant w/Garnet
Of all the items we crafted in class, this one is my favorite. I also plan to create more molded or slab pendants for the collection.
As mentioned above, I also took a class called Polka Dot Ring class. In this class, you take the basics learned in the Introduction to PMC and create a ring with cut out circles or polka dots of PMC. In the picture you’ll see I also added a stone to this ring. I used a yellow cz.
Polka Dot Ring
(Blogger’s Note: There are certain gemstones that can be used and some that can not take the heat of the kiln. Garnet, peridot and cz’s are great to use as well as a few other lab created stones.) This is an ideal item for the LunaTeal collection and I am currently developing plans to add a modified version of this ring and well as a few other ring styles.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my PMC creations!
All the best,