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.
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.
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.
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.
(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,