PMC for Beginners
Come and discover the art of using PMC. Create with this exciting medium at Silverpetal Studio. Our PMC for Beginners is a one day workshop designed to introduce this material and is open to all. No previous experience is necessary in either PMC or traditional silver jewellery making.
What is PMC?
Often called PMC or Art Clay, Precious Metal Clay is made up of minute particles of metal mixed with water and an organic binder. It is formed whilst in its clay state and then fired. The firing process burns away the binder to reveal the metal.
Is it different to traditional Silversmithing and jewellery making techniques?
Yes, using PMC is very different indeed. It is a fantastic medium for creative expression as the material lends itself to free-forming and texturing. It is also a great addition to making jewellery in the traditional ‘Silversmith’s’ way as it can be easily soldered once fired. This opens up a lot of exciting opportunities for you to incorporate it in to your traditionally made jewellery.
What will we do on the day?
We will go through the basics of using PMC, including how to roll it and handle it, how to add textures and how to form it in to jewellery. We will then look at ways to dry the clay, finish it its raw state, fire it without the need for a kiln and finally finish the clay once it is metal. These will be ready to take home and used for pendants or bracelet charms.
Materials for this day are extra and are available to buy from the studio shop. You may bring your own materials instead and advice on what to buy for the class is sent out prior to the course on request.* All the tools you will need during the day are supplied in our custom built jewellery studio. An extensive handout will be included. This will cover all the information and techniques looked at on the day.
* For this class we will work with PMC3 silver clay only. However, the handout will also include info on working with base metal clays.
At Lunch time;
We are adjacent to the Chesterfield Canal where lunch may be purchased from the cafe or a pack up may be eaten at the picnic site. There is also a Morrisons supermarket close by with a cafe, cash point, etc. The studio is closed and locked over the lunch break and it is fine to leave any belongings if you wish. Refreshments are provided during the morning and afternoon, and free parking is available next to the studio.
So book in now to meet new friends and be inspired with this wonderful subject.