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Metal Clay

Metal clay can be worked like clay, fired, and made into metal objects in many shapes. Learn to use this material in your own jewelry projects.

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Setting Gemstone on Precious Metal Clay

PMC is not a traditional material, and so a few pioneers went about tentatively setting cubic zirconia’s, and lab grown corundum into the clay. For almost a decade it has been believed that natural stones would be destroyed in the sintering…

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The Evolution of Metal Clay Design

In 1996, Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico, introduced artists and jewelers in the United States to Precious Metal Clay – PMC from Mitsubishi Materials Corp. in Tokyo. The material, a mixture of fine-grained metal powder with an organic…

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Creative Freedom with Technology

The jewelry industry has seen a veritable flood of new technologies in recent years—from CAD/CAM and laser welders to new alloys and Precious Metal Clay (PMC). And after a tentative start, jewelry designers have begun to embrace them.…

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Molding Multiples with Metal Clay Models

Metal clay has not yet proven to be an effective substitute for casting: sterling silver is often preferred over fine silver for its relative strength, and the higher cost of metal clay compared to cast silver generally makes it unappealing…

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Precious Metal Clay 101

There are two brands of metal clay available today; Precious Metal Clay and Art Clay Silver. There are a lot of similarities between the two, and some differences. My experience is with Precious Metal Clay (PMC), so the techniques and methods…

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Enameling On Fine Silver Metal Clay

Enameling on pieces made from Precious Metal Clay is a joy! The clay is malleable and will take any shape or texture: it handles like ordinary clay before it is sintered. After the sintering, the material is usable in a variety of enameling techniques.…

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The Work of Steven Ford and David Forlano

Visitors to craft shows may know Steven Ford and David Forlano by their company name, CityZenCane, the polymer clay guys, but that doesn’t cover all they do. True, they emerged from the world of polymer clay with a highly developed aesthetic,…

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Molding Multiples in PMC

Casting is one way to move into production, but you can also take your first steps into multiples without mastering the intricacies of molten metal. PMC’s moldable qualities make it well suited for short-run production. In producing multiples…

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Marketing Your Work as PMC or Fine Silver

The doors to the craft show have opened, and customers are beginning to make their way down the aisle. One stops at your booth to look at your PMC jewelry.’What is this?’ she asks. That question looms large for many in the PMC community. Do you answer…

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Kiln Questions

First, the ‘n’ really is silent, at least according to the American Heritage Dictionary. There are kilns as big as your house, used for cooking everything from grain to stone, but we don’t need to concern ourselves with those. Even in the sub-sub-category…

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Book Review – The New Clay

The New Clay is a serious and readable text offering polyform clays as a material for unique and production jewelry and object making. Polyform clays are PVC claylike materials which come in numerous colors, consistencies and working characteristics…

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PMC and Faux Bone Project

It is easy to forget that when we remove PMC from the kiln, what we have is a piece of metal and we can bring to bear on that piece any and all of the myriad techniques employed in regular metalworking.
With our standard PMC tools and not much…

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From Titanium to a Fine Piece of Artisan Jewelry

Making prong settings for items that can not be fired in place. I would like to take you on an exploratory trip by incorporating Titanium into a piece of fine artisan jewelry that is beautiful on the front, and just as interesting on the back. Because…

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How to make a silver metal clay pendant

Watch this short video from www.mastered.co and learn how to make a silver metal clay pendant. The full course is available here: https://www.mastered.co/courses/6?utm_source=Ganoskin&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=SMC……

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Enamel on PMC or Fine Silver

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Enameling on metal clay adds vibrant color and exciting design. Learn the wet packing technique to expand your skill set and explore the possibilities. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit…

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two-tones with accent silver

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Add a unique twist to your metal clay pieces by creating a two-tone effect with Accent Silver. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit us at http://forum.riogrande.com/ or visit http://www.riogrande.com/…

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Stone setting in metal clay

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Learn how to do stone setting in metal clay and take your jewelry to the next level. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit us at http://forum.riogrande.com/ or visit http://www.riogrande.com/…

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Caving wax on metal clay

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Make your own original textures for metal clay by carving on wax tablets and using a molding compound. Get inspiration from your surroundings and have fun! For more projects and jewelry-making know-how,…

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Musical Bracelet

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. The benefit of working with BRONZclay is that you can knead it like dough, roll it out and manipulate BRONZclay like regular clay, but then fire it in activated carbon to achieve a hard bronze. For more projects…

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BBJ 1213 – Musical Bracelets

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. The benefit of working with BRONZclay is that you can knead it like dough, roll it out and manipulate BRONZclay like regular clay, but then fire it in activated carbon to achieve a hard bronze. For more projects…

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BBJ 1211 – Carving Wax in Metal Clay

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Make your own original textures for metal clay by carving on wax tablets and using a molding compound. Get inspiration from your surroundings and have fun! For more projects and jewelry-making know-how,…

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BBJ 1208 – Enameling on Metal Clay

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Enameling on metal clay adds vibrant color and exciting design. Learn the wet packing technique to expand your skill set and explore the possibilities. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit…

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Torch Firing PMC

People who work in PMC all the time should really have a kiln, but for folks who want to give it a try, the ability of PMC3 to be torch fired is a huge advantage. This video is only a minute or two long, and it’s practically real-time. From: Quick……

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Soldering onto PMC

The original version of PMC was a bit tricky to solder, but PMC+ and PMC3 are both as dense as traditional metals, so soldering is just like working with traditional metals. From: Quick Takes: PMC Basics by Tim McCreight DVD, 70 minutes, ISBN…

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Carving Dry PMC

One of the appealing things about PMC is the way it can be manipulated like clay, but for some of us, the real fun is carving the PMC after it is dry. This short video demonstrates how to form a ring blank then carve it with files, just as we……

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Making Joints with PMC

Precious Metal Clay elements can usually be joined by simply pressing the parts together. This short clip demonstrates edge, butt, and lapped joints. From: Quick Takes: PMC Basics by Tim McCreight DVD, 70 minutes, ISBN 1929565127……