I’m ceramic artist, but I am a great fan of this forum. I must admit
that I am really impressed by the readiness of so many people to
render assistance and support for resolving a particular problem of
colleagues of theirs.
The work with metals has always been of immense interest to me,
especially combining metal and ceramic parts in the jewellery. All
this led me to the idea of inlaying of PMC on already fired ceramic
objects (pendants, beads, earrings, etc.). As of the present moment
I don’t have any direct impressions from this kind of material, only
what I saw and read on the Internet. However, I am really eager to
try working with it and so, I did a research of most of the
at the web related to this issue (including the forum’s
archives) and I reached to some conclusions and specific questions.
Please, if somebody can confirm or deny their correctness, I would
be most grateful. At the moment I am about to order the necessary
supplies. The actual experimental work is a thing I have never
shunned from but there is always a possibility for a mistake when
ordering the materials, which worries me a bit. Here are the
conclusions and the questions that came up:
I presume that the best way to start is to read the book of Tim
McCreight; “Working with Precious Metal Clay”. Is it OK for
beginners? And if you consider any other book of real value on these
matters, I’d be most grateful.
Concerning the inlaying upon already fired (almost glass like,
vitrified) ceramic surface is it PMC 3 type the most appropriate? And
in what form shall I purchase it - as a clay or paste?
Am I right in thinking that the actual attaching of the PMC on
the fired ceramic surface does not need any intermediary substance -
one just needs to fire the object and the silver inlays will be
firmly attached to it?
Which are the proper places for purchasing the PMC supplies
(meaning, the one that offers the optimal combination between prices
I saw at several places mentioning the use of PMC in slip form.
However, I’ve never seen this material to be offered in such a form.
Does that mean that it has to be prepared by the user?
Any other suggestions will be highly appreciated!
Thank you in advance!
Golem Design Studio,