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« on: July 18, 2013 02:54:56 PM »

I've been experimenting with PMC3 for the last year or so and just finished a necklace/pendant recently that I'm fairly happy with.
For those who don't know what PMC3 is, it is tiny particles of fine silver (.999 pure), water and a binder that is in a clay form that you can mold and shape very much like polymer clay. It's kiln fired and while at temperature, the binders and water burn away and you are left with pure silver. There is about ten percent shrinkage, so pieces come out a little smaller, which can be wonderful because detail just looks that much finer!
The pendant is 2.75 inches long, including the seashell.
The main part of the pendant is a stamp and the rest are little embellishments I added on. I also used an awl to make little patterns along the sides of the pendant. The seashell was also a stamp. When the clay was leather hard, I drilled the holes for findings and the chain.



The chain is made from fine silver wire that I made jump rings out of (on an old paint brush) and fused for the links between the 'bone' pieces, which are made from lengths of 18 gauge fine silver wire, measured, cut, hammered and twisted to get the 'thin in the middle' look. I used a metal punch to make holes for the links and fused the open links to the bones pieces to form the chain. Everything got a dip in Black Max to turn it dark and then a tumble in the rock polisher for two hours.
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2013 04:13:15 PM »

I love it.  I've been wanting to work with PMC for awhile, but just have not worked the nerve for it yet.  Your piece is very inspiring.
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2013 04:37:15 PM »

Beautiful!  This rocks!
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2013 04:37:41 PM »

So beautiful! The unique chain and shell add such a nice touch. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2013 05:06:41 PM »

Oh I love this - and I'm pretty intrigued with all the possibilities!!  So beautiful!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2013 05:58:27 PM »

Thanks ladies!
And I agree, one of the things I love about PMC are the possibilities, and you don't have to be an experienced jeweler to create something wonderful.
Silver is at a pretty low price right now, so it's a good time to be brave and try something different....I say go for it!
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2013 06:42:20 PM »

Thanks ladies!
And I agree, one of the things I love about PMC are the possibilities, and you don't have to be an experienced jeweler to create something wonderful.
Silver is at a pretty low price right now, so it's a good time to be brave and try something different....I say go for it!
But a kiln!!!  I don't have a killlllllllln!! Cry
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2013 07:37:00 PM »

Nice! I too have been wanting to try silver clay- well done Cackle, great job!
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2013 08:05:18 PM »

Thanks ladies!
And I agree, one of the things I love about PMC are the possibilities, and you don't have to be an experienced jeweler to create something wonderful.
Silver is at a pretty low price right now, so it's a good time to be brave and try something different....I say go for it!
But a kiln!!!  I don't have a killlllllllln!! Cry


Pack it up and send me your stuff....I'll fire it for ya!
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2013 07:42:18 AM »

Ooo, this is gorgeous! I wish we lived closer so you could give me jewelry lessons (or just jewelry).
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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2013 10:20:42 AM »

A very rich looking piece, and reminiscent of medieval times.
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« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2013 02:09:19 PM »

How pretty & delicate! I love the fossil-like look of the shell. Gorgeous work!
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« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2013 07:44:23 AM »

Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate the kind words.
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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2013 06:47:34 PM »

omg that is truly spectacular!
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« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2013 12:15:42 PM »

This is stunning cackle!
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« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2013 02:55:57 PM »

What a beautiful necklace. I really like the pendant. I also find it great that you managed to create an appealing pendant with only simple techniques involved. You make me want to try.
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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2013 08:31:57 AM »

Incredible! I've never heard of this type of clay but it sounds magical. You've done something really amazing with it. LOVE it!
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« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2013 07:25:29 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen to be a Featured Project!
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« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2013 07:47:59 AM »

Oooh, thank you!
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« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2013 07:38:56 PM »

Very cool!  And sounds like an intriguing process.  One question, though - if it's pure silver, isn't it really soft and so easy to bend/mess up after it's done?  I would hate to put so much work into something only to have it get messed up after it was all done, ya know?
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« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2013 09:28:28 AM »

Very cool!  And sounds like an intriguing process.  One question, though - if it's pure silver, isn't it really soft and so easy to bend/mess up after it's done?  I would hate to put so much work into something only to have it get messed up after it was all done, ya know?



Good question! Fine silver is softer than sterling, but like all metals, it can be tempered which makes it much stronger. Dead soft is the best to work with as it's easy to manipulate, but once you throw a finished piece in the rock polisher or chase it, it becomes very strong.
And just wrapping dead soft silver wire around a form to make jump rings will harden it some. The more it's handled in the process of making jewelry, the stronger it becomes.
.999 silver is very wearable and pretty strong. I wouldn't make clasps for bracelets with it (a sterling clasp is the best option), but I'd make the rest of the components with it and not think twice. Hope that helps!
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Wow, that is so beautiful, it is my goal to work with pmc, but I'm so scared. You did a wonderful job, congrats!
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