I tried PMC with a group of people. My pieces in PMC were
mostly flower designs. Since we had limited time we did not let
the PMC pieces dry at all. Two minutes after they were in the
Kiln you could see the vapor coming out. Since we were using a
kiln which was used for enameling the owner of the kiln had
warned all of us not to use any paper mache or foam to make
beads, so all of our pieces were just flat designed pieces.
For my pieces, I used synthetic simulated alexandrites(synthetic
corundum). Some of the other people did use garnet cabs. My
pieces after the firing did turn out to be just great, but the
people who had used garnets did not look good at all(the garnets
The second time we tried the PMC material, the PMC pieces got
overheated and some of us got melted PMC(not a pretty sight).
The kiln was not a computerized kiln, and you could not tell what
the exact temperature was.
While modeling the PMC pieces our group kept asking one
question: “If our pieces work out, and we have paid $25.00 per
ounce, at what price should you sell it?”
Since I never sold my piece, I wonder if anyone out there has
any pricing ideas about PMC.
I do plan to use the PMC again, since I am a happy owner of a
computerized kiln. I feel that PMC material would also be great
for people who have never made jewelry, so I am planning to have
a “PMC party”.(start with the relatives first and see how they