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Inlaying PMC into bronze


#1

Can PMC find silver be inlaid into bronze? Can it be pressed into a
groove and then sintered?

Sally Parker


#2
Can PMC find silver be inlaid into bronze? Can it be pressed into
a groove and then sintered 

There’s a Yahoo group called Metal Clay Gallery where many wonderful
metal clay professionals are members. They are willing to answer
questions too.

Also, Hadar Jacobsen has a website, blog and has written books on
metal clays. I beleive her website is
http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/ep7zlw

You should be able to find some answers there. I’ve only worked with
silver, and that, very little but I have enjoyed doing it. Recently
bought a package of Art Clay Copper which I’m in the planning stages
for.

Happy Claying
Vicki K, SoCal


#3

Hi Moonrox

PMC is a clay made of silver particles and a binder. When the binder
burns off in the kiln or by the torch, the physical size is less.
Therefore, the PMC needs to be held in place - a simple groove and
it would fall out. A groove that is undercut would hold the silver in
as would a hole that goes through the bronze into which you press the
silver clay, forming a kind of rivet at the back. Lots of good
experimentation has already been done for you by Hadar as was
mentioned by Vicki and there are also lots of blogs around that are
being constantly updated by people who are working with metal clay.
Just be careful with the heat - you want to sinter the silver, not
alloy it.

Barbara on a day on the Island with the gathering cloud


#4

It might be actually faster to inlay real silver into the bronze,
unless the bronze was metal clay too