In all of this fussing, you still haven't answered the basic
question: why use PMC? What is it doing for you that other
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Talk to me about custom designed merchandise!!!
I have actually answered this question several times and several
ways, but I’ll try again.
First off, back in “the old days” (the 70s) I worked mostly in wax.
I was living in NY and I was able to hang out on 47th street and
visit all the shops and spend long hours at this. I could drop a wax
mold over at my caster amd pick it up later than week. I was young
and I had boundless energy and looked like a teenager, so a lot of
the men would help me (for example, I befriended – or should I say
he befriended meee – a stone setter – I could do cabachons in
bezels but not faceted stones into claw settings (when I asked my
instructor about this his answer was it was too complicated and I
should find someone to do it for me – my instructor, BTW, went on
to be a semi-successful mystery writer and seems to still be
teaching at FIT…))
I was never terribly successful for a number of reasons – not the
least of which is that so few people saw my designs. Those who saw
them for the most part liked them and many ordered pieces (I had a
few customers – mostly co-workers of mine or my Mom’s) but it was
just not enough.
At one point I tried to find a way to sell just my designs (which I
startedrendering, back in the late 80s using power point on Mac –
though now I do that on Corel on my lap top PC). I’ve aways been
able to draw much nicer designs than I’m capable of executing. For a
while, I was trying to work with someone who is an excellent smith
(too bad he’s a miserable human being and not at all a designer –
together, we could have made a good business, but he prefers to
cheat people to make money) but that was a no-go.
A few years ago, one of my nieces asked me to design a piece for her
and her two best friends. I drew it out, but had some issues finding
someone to create it. When I finally found someone to execute the
design (in brass), it came out nice, so I asked her to create a few
of my designs. I’ve had the mout and people like them, but when I
tell them how much they cost, they put the pieces down and walk
Now, perhaps, if I had a “set up” where I could learn to create
things in metal I could get it done the way you all suggest. But for
now, I just took a class in the metal clay and I’m trying to get my
money’s worth, so to speak. I also have a bit of arthritis and it’s
easier to work with clay than with metal.
To be honest, even if I didn’t have a plethora of good reasons, it
doesn’t really matter – I asked a question about working with clay
not “how do you think I could best do this?”. The answers I got from
people who really wanted to help not push an agenda were very