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« on: June 26, 2014 09:22:18 AM »

I made this spool for Knickertwist who is my partner in the Altered Spool Swap.
If I am remembering correctly, it's about 2 1/2 inches from the top of the bead to the bottom of the crystals.



It's meant to be a sort of all year 'round ornament, but it could be a pendant as well, so not sure what category the little thing belongs in!
It's made from PMC3 (precious metal clay) and it's my first hollow form bead. A 'tube' of paper clay was made to build the bead on, mainly for support
while the pmc is drying and to keep the bead from collapsing whilst firing.



The paper clay burns away along with the binders and water in the pmc and if you have success, what you are left with is a hollow bead.
It was so much fun to figure out how to do this technique and then actually make one. I loved it and am planning to make many more!

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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2014 09:23:43 AM »

Are you kidding me? This is absolutely amazing.
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2014 09:30:02 AM »

Fabulous!   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2014 09:52:11 AM »

Do you have to fire it in a kiln like ceramics? I've never heard of precious metal clay. This really is amazing Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2014 10:46:31 AM »

Do you have to fire it in a kiln like ceramics? I've never heard of precious metal clay. This really is amazing Smiley

Yep, you fire pmc3 (which is what I used) at around 1200 degrees. I have a Paragon Jewelry Kiln that works great for pmc, slumping glass, enameling and I'm sure other things I
don't know about.  Cheesy   And I agree, precious metal clay is pretty amazing. I really love how endless the possibilities are and I
love working with it!
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2014 10:48:05 AM »

Do you have to fire it in a kiln like ceramics? I've never heard of precious metal clay. This really is amazing Smiley

Yep, you fire pmc3 (which is what I used) at around 1200 degrees. I have a Paragon Jewelry Kiln that works great for pmc, slumping glass, enameling and I'm sure other things I
don't know about.  Cheesy   And I agree, precious metal clay is pretty amazing. I really love how endless the possibilities are and I
love working with it!

Thanks for sharing! I hope to see more metal crafts from you soon Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2014 11:37:23 AM »

Beautiful with all the botanical details. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2014 02:52:54 PM »

So so so amazing! It looks like a precious family heirloom seriously. I think my favorite is the stamping detail on the top. LOVE!
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I've been in lurk mode for a long long time, but this is so beautiful, I just had to say so.  Really lovely.
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2014 02:35:43 AM »

inspiring and wonderful piece! i love the detail of this the thread like texture of the background behind the butterfly and how you've included the 'machine thread' stamp at the top of the spool.
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