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PMC and the environment?


#1

An artist statement, The Statement:

“Using reconstituted silver that is ecologically friendly, I
create one-of-a-kind pure silver jewelry that evokes the
feeling of undulating textiles. Some are embellished with
pearls, sapphires and semi-precious gems.”

The Object Described:

Precious metal clay (99.9% pure silver), garnets, fresh water
pearls

What pre tell is reconstituted silver and what connection does it
have to PMC and the environment?

RR confused
Robert Ruff


#2

I think this artist meant ‘reclaimed’ or ‘recycled’ or 'recovered’
since silver in metal clay was originally recovered from photographic
film and still is as far as I know. As to ‘ecologically friendly’,
this presumably refers to the silver being recovered rather than
dumped in landfill etc.

Pat


#3

Some people like to emphasize that metal clay is made from
"reclaimed" or recycled silver. I have heard people who work with Art
Clay talk about it being made from silver taken from film.

Elaine

Elaine Luther
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
http://www.CreativeTextureTools.com
Hard to Find Tools for Metal Clay


#4

Hi,

My understanding is that PMC is made of silver recovered from
photographic processing chemicals,which is then recycled by mixing
with a water based binder in order to reconstitute it as a workable
material…therefore the “reconstituted silver” bit of the
statement is something of a conflation of the above…but I may be
wrong :slight_smile:

Steve Holden
www.platayflores.com


#5

Yep, Art Clay’s silver is extracted from used photo film, CT scans,
X-rays, etc. Aida Chemical Industries was a refining/recycling
company to begin with, so Art Clay seemed a logical progression.

Jackie