What Is So Special About PMC?

February 07, 2018

What Is So Special About PMC?

PMC or Precious Metal Clay

I am in such a habit of saying PMC and forget that most people have no idea what I am talking about. Today I wanted to share my excitement about PMC with you.

From the Cool Tools website:

Metal clay is a jewelry making material that can be used by just about anyone to create jewelry and small decorative objects. Metal clay is made from powdered metal mixed with water and a substance called "methyl cellulose". Methyl cellulose may sound like a nasty chemical, but it's actually made from the cell walls of green plants. It's an organic ingredient used in food additives and is non-allergic, non-toxic and perfectly safe to work with. 

In summary, it is powdered precious metal in a binder that holds it together so you can mold and sculpt it into any shape you want!  When fired, all the binder burns away and you are left with only the precious metal object.

This clay provides even the most beginner a way to sculpt, shape, and design beautiful pieces.

  • Can't sculpt? No worries! There are tons of molds and forms out on the market to help you.
  • Don't have a kiln? No worries!  I do and you may bring your greenware pieces to me to fire for a small firing fee.
  • Don't have a studio? No worries! You can easily store the tools you use in a small drawer or box. With a minimum of tools you can make amazing pieces.

AND one of my favorite things about PMC is that is will fuse beautifully to Argentium Silver. The piece below was done from a purchased mold, then I fused it onto a disc of Argentium Silver, added two ring rims and a tube in which I set a cz.  Absolutely stunning!

But you can simply use it on it's own to create beautiful pieces. The piece below is made completely from PMC. I pressed the clay into a purchased pattern template and then cut it into the oblong shape. The bail is made by pressing another piece into a bail pattern that I then curved into a loop. The process is easy and fun, but the look is intricate and stunning!

I love the way you can create a very detailed item in PMC and then add it to your jewelry. Items that would be incredibly difficult to do by carving in wax and then casting. The piece below was done by me a few years ago.  The bee is PMC and then I soldered it onto a tube and set the piece into the stone, then set the stone into the bezel. 

I love PMC for so many reasons. When I wanted to get started into metalsmithing I had no tools or studio so this is one of the first classes I took. And I fell in love with it. 

I have a PMC class coming up on Feb 17th at 9:00 am. 

  • We will learn how to make a mold from any old object like a button, cheap charm, or other small textured item. 
  • Then we will use that mold to create a unique item.
  • I will provide small rings to insert to make your piece instantly become a pendant or charm.
  • You will be given enough materials for 1 mold but enough clay for 2 or 3 small items.

I have tons of purchased molds and texture patterns you can use.

If you want to take it a step further and learn how to add your piece to a piece of Argentium Silver jewelry that you make yourself, the afternoon of Feb 17th class is dedicated to adding PMC to Argentium.

Learn how to create a ring or pendant out of Argentium Silver and then add your PMC masterpiece to it.

Isn't it time to learn something you can do at home without a studio and have a ton of fun with? I think so! Check out our February Class Calendar or click the pics above to learn more about these individual classes and sign up.

All tools and supplies are provided.

 Click Here for February Special Offer!


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