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PMC density disclosure

Was: PMC tools

even when fired to the full density attainable it is [PMC] softer
and less dense than bulk fine silver. 

Do you need to disclosure this when you make a sale?

Amber bead lady

I find if you tumble your work after firing it does have the same
density. I also agree that firing with a butane torch does not
achieve a piece as strong as when you kiln fire. I have tried the
speedfire cone with the attachment for a large propane tank to be
sufficient because you can hold it for a longer time. I fire all my
work for a full two hours to achieve the maxium strength. For rings I
only use PMC3 and use a sterling liner inside.

Hope this helps,
Linda Reboh

Do you need to disclosure this when you make a sale? 

There is no legal requirement to do so in the US.


James Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts

Do you need to disclosure this when you make a sale?

In my opinion, it is a good idea to tell the buyer anything they
might reasonably need/want to know about the piece they’re
considering buying. That would include it being made from PMC or Art
Clay and therefore being somewhat softer than they might be used to.
There are two reasons to share. One is ethical obligation (as well
as some legal obligation). I have occasionally talked my way out of
a sale this way, but then my conscience is clear. I don’t tolerate
feelings of guilt well.

The other reason is that the more a customer knows about the creator
of their purchase and the process of creation, the more of an
investment they have in you, the more they’ll remember you, and the
more likely they’ll repeat the story to others. Noel

Do you need to disclosure this when you make a sale? 

I think it’s always a good idea to inform the client.

materials and techniques used...hide nothing! 

There is really nothing to hide. If your work is made well, with
respect for the materials and forms, what is there to hide? PMC and
Art Clay ARE precious metals with their own characteristics, as with
milled precious metals. Bronze and copper clay are simply bronze and
copper. Different in density, yes, but not different metallurgically.

My collectors/customers are always curious about my methods of making
my work; some want more than others. They always get as
much as they want, but I never conceal anything. Every
technique I use and every material I use is of interest to someone
who has never used them, to one degree or another, and adds to the
’story’ that each of my pieces is telling.

No mysteries,
Linda Kaye-Moses