How To Fire Precious Metal Clay

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Just started working with precious metal clay and unsure of the best way to finish your design? When it comes to firing metal clay there are various routes you can take. Here we’ll outline how to fire precious metal clay using simple techniques for beginners. Not ready to fire your precious metal clay just yet? Get to know PMC in more detail with our Guide To Precious Metal … [Read more...]

Top Gift Ideas for Jewellers 2018

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If you are looking for a gift to treat the jeweller in your life this Christmas, then read on. Right now our range of jewellery making materials and supplies is brimming with luxurious gift ideas ideal for both professional and beginner metalsmiths and craft workers, who are looking for the perfect addition to their workspace. Already have that special gift sorted and need a … [Read more...]

Using PMC Aqua with Precious Metal Clay

PMC Aqua is one of the newest and most exciting innovations to come out of Mitsubishi Materials Trading Corporation, and it will revolutionise the way you work with all types of PMC. As the name suggests, PMC Aqua is a liquid which can actually rehydrate PMC back to its original working state. Typically, water can be used to revive semi-dried PMC to give it a slightly longer … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Setting Cubic Zirconia into Precious Metal Clay

By Jo Varney I recently wrote an article based on some experiments I completed, based around setting Swarovski Gemstones™ into PMC.  The results were mixed but essentially successful, however during my research I read much on the general consensus that CZs (Cubic Zirconia) are safe to set directly into precious metal clay, so I have now put this to the test. Read on … [Read more...]

How to Set Swarovski® Zirconia in Precious Metal Clay (PMC)

Setting stones in PMC is not without its problems; a lot can go wrong and it’s very much a case of trial and error until you discover what works for you and your work. Are you a beginner in jewellery making and you’re wondering how to set gemstones into precious metal clay? Discover how you can use these gemstone setting techniques in your own jewellery making projects. The … [Read more...]

Guide To PMC: Precious Metal Clay For Beginners

What is precious metal clay? For those not familiar with PMC or Precious Metal Clay, it is a clay based craft material made from tiny metal particles, an organic binding agent and water, which can be modelled and shaped just like normal clay. Once dried and fired it becomes a solid piece of sintered metal. Precious metal clay can then be drilled, sawn and worked just like any … [Read more...]

Review: PMC Flex

by Jo Varney PMC Flex is a relatively new addition to the popular metal clay range produced by Mitsubishi and boasts some extremely useful qualities which will be to the benefit of most people working with the material. Most notably, PMC Flex has a much longer working time than the original formula making it ideal for more complex pieces but also the perfect medium for the … [Read more...]

How to Create a pendant using PMC

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We gave our Cooksongold blogger, Jo Varney, a PMC Super Starter Kit to have a play with. Take a look at what she made and how she made it! Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a material made up of tiny particles of metal which is combined with water and a binding agent. The resulting clay can be manipulated using basic tools and then fired using a blowtorch or kiln. During this … [Read more...]

How to: Painted Leaf

We really loved last night's episode of Kirstie's Handmade Britain especially her exploration of Silver Clay. This project allows you to make a similar painted leaf that featured on the programme so you can enjoy the rewarding experience of creating beautiful, delicate designs. You will need: Agate/metal burnisher or tumbler polisher Badger … [Read more...]

How to series: Moulding Compound

 This is a tutorial on how to use the moulding compound; at the end you will string as desired to obtain a finished piece of jewellery! Perfect to wear whilst you are on holiday this summer! You will need: Fossil Moulding Compound PMC Clay Hand Torch Stainless steel brush Agate burnisher or Tumbler STEP 1 Take equal parts of the Moulding Compound and work the 2 … [Read more...]