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Topic: Skull & Crossbones Cufflinks! Best cufflinks EVER! (pmc) *now w/ small Tutorial*  (Read 22131 times)
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« on: August 15, 2006 05:08:16 PM »

Ok, not to toot my own horn, but I think these are the best cufflinks in the world.  They are a surprise for my boyfriend for our anniversary!  I cannot wait to give them to him!


These are fine silver, including the jump rings which I formed and cut by hand.  The skull and crossbones started as a drawing, which I carved into a mold, and then finished the design with some Precious Metal Clay.

Yay!!  I'm so excited!




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First, this probably doesn't need to be said, but please don't use my specific designs or drawings in your work.  I make and sell my jewelry to help earn a living and take a lot of pride in my drawings & work.  That said, please please feel free to carve your own beautiful designs using these techniques!

You'll need PMC, a linoleum carver, rubber stamp (or other carvable) material, a kiln, needle files, liver of sulpher (a patina that gives the silver a dark finish), pumice powder

1.  This is the rubber stamp material with my <3 lino carver <3  (this is one of my most favorite techniques!!!)


2.  This is PMC.  I used PMC+ in this particular project b/c it shrinks less.  PMC standard is still a great product though!


3.  This is how your designs will look when you carve them.  (Don't forget that lettering/numbers will need to carved as a mirror image)


4.  Hold the lino carver at a 45 degree angle to get nice shallow cuts.  You can always cut deeper, but can't add material once you've cut it away!


5.  Push your PMC into the mold you've carved (**note, I'm using sculpey in the picture, so I did not have to waste my precious PMC!**)


6.  Fire your PMC+ in a kiln for 30 minutes at 1470 degrees.

7.  Use little baby needle tools to refine your design now that it is fired.


8.  Heat up your liver of sulphur solution, dip your item to darken it.  Use pumice powder to make the high areas shine and keep the relief areas dark.

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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2006 05:10:17 PM »

I may have to agree because those are insane! I am sure he'll love them.
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2006 05:10:28 PM »

I think they're the best cufflinks in the world too- at least that I"ve seen.
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2006 05:13:15 PM »

ive never understood pmc, but those are the coolest things ever!
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2006 05:23:00 PM »

Wow, this is really, really awesome.  I'm sure your boyfriend is gonna love it!!  KUDOS!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2006 05:40:31 PM »

I don't think you're tooting your own horn at all. These are utterly brilliant! I am sure he'll love them. I sure do!
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2006 05:51:30 PM »

wow.
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What did you carve the mold out of?
how did you put the precious metal clay on there?

Wow!
Those totally Rock. I am hitting the button!
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2006 05:55:01 PM »

those are amazing!!
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2006 06:37:27 PM »

Yet again, you kick A$$!
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2006 06:39:06 PM »

Wow, those are cool, they make me want to buy some PMC and a kiln!

Your cufflinks have put all other cufflinks to shame!
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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2006 07:27:04 PM »

Those are SO amazing and awesome and just, wow! Way to take something that's supposed to be formal and totally turn it around.

Could you tell us some more about what you did to make them? I'm not really familiar with the process, but on the other hand, I suppose I really shouldn't be picking up any more crafts (a common lament around here, I think).
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« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2006 07:29:34 PM »

Those rock!!!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2006 07:36:27 PM »

Holy doodle those are fantastic!! I'm going to have to learn more about this PMC, I've never heard of it!! Those look so awesome. My DH will want some now.
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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2006 07:39:18 PM »

wow!!!!!!! THATS AWESOME Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2006 07:58:41 PM »

These are downright brilliant.
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« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2006 08:10:50 PM »

Yes, definitely awesome. They are the best cufflinks ever!
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« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2006 03:53:18 AM »

If you ever break up with your boyfriend I might go straight for those cuff links They Kick A__!!! Ive been thinking of trying that silver clay was it hard to work with ??
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« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2006 04:50:27 AM »

Hi everyone!  Thanks so much, I loved waking up to all those comments! Smiley

I'm about to take my car in to the shop, but when I get back I will explain more about PMC and the process I used to make them.  I can even take a few snapshots and maybe make a mini-tute!

kiwiblue, that made me laugh!  Wink
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« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2006 05:39:51 AM »

I agree, what a cool idea. The designers are all about pirate inspired jewelry the past few years, and they sell like crazy at huge prices! You could def. sell these... hitting this rocks!
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« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2006 05:58:03 AM »

Such an interesting texture! Looking forward to hearing you "Explain it All".
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« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2006 08:45:36 AM »

So COOL!!!
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« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2006 09:57:54 AM »

Those are definitely the coolest cufflinks I have ever seen! Great job!
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« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2006 10:58:58 AM »

I love these. You could also take that design and make something else. I would really dig it as part of a necklace.
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« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2006 11:37:08 AM »

Thanks everybody!  I added a little tutorial to explain this particular technique I use with PMC.  I am a traditional metalsmith, but PMC is great because it doesn't require you to have all the skills of a metalsmith.  I'm PMC certified and teach workshops to lots of people who've never touched metal before--and they come up with really unique designs!  If you want to check it out, I'd reccomend looking for a PMC Certified Artisan who teaches classes in your area Smiley

novastarlet, I do make *some* other things with my little skulls.  Some of them have Cubic Zircons for eyes and are pins, some are smaller, have never done a necklace though!  
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« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2006 01:57:27 PM »

Those turned out so great! I'm really impressed.

And thanks for the tutorial - I never would have thought of using the stamping rubber as a mold for clay. Brilliant!! Grin
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« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2006 02:18:27 PM »

Those are the best cufflinks EVER.  Grin
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« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2006 02:44:02 PM »

ah i love those! those are the best things ever!! muchas props to you!!!
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Incredible.
They look soo professional! Shocked
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« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2006 02:58:07 PM »

Yep, they are indeed the most awesome cufflinks ever! I love them!
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« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2006 04:44:24 PM »

Hi!  Not only do I love the cufflinks and am astounded at your talents, I'm pleased to see that you are in Indiana!!  I myself am a hoosier!!!
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« Reply #30 on: August 16, 2006 05:29:19 PM »

Thanks very much for posting this project and the tutorial.  I love working with PMC and have thought of creating my own stamps for it, but wasn't sure how to get started. It's also a good idea to cut around the stamped out image that you make.  Did you invent that technique as far as you know?
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« Reply #31 on: August 16, 2006 06:11:30 PM »

Four eyed girl, woo, someone from Indiana!  Where are you from?  I'm from NW Indiana, but I go to school in Lafayette...

Neigung, nope, I didn't invent the technique!  I have adjusted it to fit my needs, but the basics of it are something I learned in an advanced class.  Also, a lot of PMCers use regular store-bought stamps, but this is so much better since the design can be yours 100%!

Just wanted to say thanks again to everyone for all of the nice comments and thoughts!
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i'm from fort wayne...you?
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« Reply #33 on: August 17, 2006 08:21:49 PM »

I just bought a PMC kiln and I am so excited to try to make something using a stamp material. I never thought of that! Thanks for the great tips and I can't wait to see more of your work!
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Neigung, nope, I didn't invent the technique!  I have adjusted it to fit my needs, but the basics of it are something I learned in an advanced class.  Also, a lot of PMCers use regular store-bought stamps, but this is so much better since the design can be yours 100%!

I like the idea of something being 100% my own. I have to admit that I'm sometimes disappointed at how much I see people using pre-made stamps or buttons in their PMC pieces.

I'm self-taught when it comes to PMC.  I've only taken basic silversmithing courses (which helped me with my refining technique and firing, but not much else related to PMC),  so I don't know many different ways to work with it.  Either I wait for different techniques to come into Art Jewelry Magazine or I find it online.... so I really appreciate your post.  Thanks again for sharing the tutorial!
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« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2006 11:21:20 AM »

oh WOW. Those are completly awesome!!!
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« Reply #36 on: September 08, 2006 06:19:14 PM »

Cuff links are usually boring little studs - yours are SOOO not! Love them. Wish I had a boyfriend to give them to  Sad
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Wow - I saw these pictures on the wikipedia and loved them.  thanks for the tutorial.
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« Reply #38 on: April 15, 2007 07:43:29 PM »

those cufflinks are FANTASTIC!  so subversive with a "traditional" suit.
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« Reply #39 on: April 16, 2007 02:48:54 PM »

o m g i love these skulls. my boyf is absolutely not a cufflinks type person but if you made something similar as a pendant id be interested in purchasing one. no way would i be able to make this myself so no worries there.  Grin
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Those are the most awesome cufflinks I have ever seen!  I actually just got the new Art Jewelry magazine and now want more than ever to try the metal clay. 

I wish I had a kiln.  I would totally use it for glassworking too!  I'll keep dreamin.
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Those are awesome! Smiley And to the person above me, you can use some types of PMC with a butane torch instead of a kiln--you just need the low-fire type, which they sell through Fire Mountain Gems, for one. That's the stuff I use, and I love my little torch, watching the whole thing turn orange. Tongue
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Those are awesome! Smiley And to the person above me, you can use some types of PMC with a butane torch instead of a kiln--you just need the low-fire type, which they sell through Fire Mountain Gems, for one. That's the stuff I use, and I love my little torch, watching the whole thing turn orange. Tongue

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These are truly awesome!  I would love to try PMC!
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Cuff links with attitude. Haha
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« Reply #47 on: May 16, 2007 08:07:07 PM »

You did an awesome job..He  has to like those..those are indeed the best cuff links ever.
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PMC3 clay is very good, i have a book about the crafts of PMC3, that is so nice, but i can't do some until now, maybe that's difficlut for me, so i 'm admire who do it well~~ Tongue Cheesy
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