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    Default PMC or Art Clay ?

    Can some one help ?

    I've attended a jewellery course for six or so months and am beginning to grasp the basics. I now feel adventurous, and I love the idea of Clay - it looks so easy. Can some one explain the differences between Art Clay & PMC ? My tutor said that PMC was easier to work with, is this true

    Any thoughts ?

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    For workability I prefer PMC, but the price of Art Clay is a little more attractive.
    I also like the range that comes with Art Clay - the gold, oil paste etc. The slow dry clay - is good for first time users.

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    Default This might help

    Hey,
    There's a couple of PMC and Art Clay blog posts which might help available from the cooksongold blog. I've attached the links below for your reference. Lots of comments too from people in a similar situation.

    Hope these are of help!

    http://www.cooksongold.com/blog/jewe...y-and-art-clay

    http://www.cooksongold.com/blog/jewe...lay-silver-650

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    I bought some Art Clay because of the price and ended up wasting a lot of it because I didn't know how to get the best out of it. Once I'd been on a course it all fell into place! (Un)fortunately the course was for PMC, not Art Clay, so now I use that instead because that's what I was taught to use...

    Basically, try to get on a course so you don't end up wasting it, like I did!!

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    Default pmc course

    hey, which course did you attend?
    I prefer pmc anyway - maybe its because I don't like change. I first attempt using silver clay was awful - i'm still not up to much but i'm trying.

    Where do you guys purchase you pmc?

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    I went on a course run by Leigh @ Magick Minx. You'll find her course schedule here: magickminxproductions.com/page22.htm

    I bought my last lot of PMC from Leigh, but have shopped around most times.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsay View Post
    hey, which course did you attend?
    I prefer pmc anyway - maybe its because I don't like change. I first attempt using silver clay was awful - i'm still not up to much but i'm trying.

    Where do you guys purchase you pmc?

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    I do courses in Market Deeping nr Peterborough, it's best not to get too hung up on the PMC vs silver clay debate. Everyone has their favourite but once fired it's all fine silver
    My students use Art Clay Slow Dry because it gives them a bit more working time but if you learn how to condidion the clay (keep it at the right moisture level by re-hydrating it) then all the brands are fine.

    PMC (precious metal clay) is a little smoother out of the packet & ACS (art clay silver) is cheaper. It's best not to mix brands though, e.g in slip pots etc and from what I understand the binders they use are different. (the binder being the stuff that burns away in firing & holds all those tiny particles of silver together)

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    i like silver clay though it feels oddly like cheating sometimes =)

    i too have a bit of a problem with wastage, especially with it drying out completely even when bagged, not quite sure what to do about that.

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    Whatever you're not immediately using you need to moisten it,
    wrap in clingfilm & put in your zip lock packet with a bit of wet
    lint free cloth. It'll help keep it hydrated.

    Here are a few other suggestions too
    http://pmctips.blogspot.com/2009/02/...lver-clay.html
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    I use ACS, unless I want something to shrink alot when I use original PMC, and I prefer the PMC sheet.
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