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My first PMC experience

Posted by ArtsyCraftsy (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 5, 02 at 22:21

I took an 8 hr. class this weekend with Linda Kamholz where we learned to work with PMC+ clay, which kiln fires to pure silver. We also learned to construct a silver byzantine chain for the PMC charms to create a charm bracelet. The charms were stamped with rubber stamps, textured with tools & texture plates, and have appliques (stamped with punches) out of PMC paper. To get the antique look the charms were oxidized with liver of sulfur and then buffed with steel wool and a polishing cloth.
The class was so much fun that nobody wanted to stop working! The PMC is very easy to work with- much like ceramic clay. It dries out quickly so you must work fast, and it sticks to everything so you have to spritz all your tools and your hands with olive oil.

Karen

Here is a link that might be useful: my bracelet


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RE: My first PMC experience

Wow......that is soooo good looking. You really did a professional job. I love the hands.


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Karen, it's gorgeous! What is PMC paper?


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Lia- PMC paper is da bomb, lol! It is like a thin rubbery sheet and it has a different binder so you can work with it in the open air without it drying out. I wish they would use the same binder in PMC clay- it would make it more like poly clay.
It is very easy to cut with a knife or scissors, it can be folded like origami and woven or wrapped around forms to create hollow beads. It adds a nice dimensional quality to the charms making it look like you cut and soldered another layer onto a cast piece. Really it just sticks fast with water. The star, heart & spiral shapes on the bracelet were done with tiny inexpensive craft punches.
I bought an extra ounce of clay and a sheet of paper to work with at home. We get free firing from our teacher for the next month so I plan on having much more fun!

Glad you guys like the bracelet! making the chain was the hardest part...now I know why another name for it is the "idiot chain"!

Here is a link that might be useful: PMC paper


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Okay, now... what is an "idiot" chain??? LOL!


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LOL- the real name for the chain pattern is "byzantine" but our teacher said it is sometimes called the idiot chain. Probably cause that's what you feel like for the first half hour, until you get the hang of making it!


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