Eight years after PMC became available, it’s still generating
energetic dialogue, isn’t it! And that’s a really good thing. It
deserves dialogue and experimentation that stretch the limits of
what’s currently being done…and isn’t that the way we want it for
any new technique?
I have been a working studio jeweler for more than 25 years and was
given the opportunity to work with PMC in 1996 at one of the Master
Classes that Tim McCreight was offering. Since then, I have been
teaching it’s use and, more importantly, it has become a staple in
my studio, for the following reasons:
The process allows for the creation of three-dimensional forms
that I cannot/did not make any other way. It has added to the visual
and tactile impact of my work.
If I want to produce multiples I can make them in metal clay
(PMC) or I can make a model in PMC and cast it or send it out to be
cast in whatever metal I prefer.
I can achieve textures in metal that cannot be (easily, if at
all) produced in any other way.
Metal clay has, simply put, become just another technique in my
arsenal of techniques. I know that PMC sounds like it is a
’material’ as opposed to a technique, but it’s really not. The
’material’ is really the fine silver or gold. With the addition of
the binder+water, the metal becomes the technique or process, if you
Ounce for ounce it IS more expensive than rolled sheet, but it
can be used in ways that are economical, efficient and appropriate
for metal clay.
Metal Clay can be used along with traditional metalsmithing
techniques to create pieces that are unique. The same careful
consideration given to stonesetting, forming, finishing, etc., if
given to the use of metal clays, can produce equally beautiful and
Just one last note: The PMC Guild has an excellent and recently
redesigned website <www.pmcguild.com>. There’s an almost infinite
amount of about PMC, with some discussions re: Art Clay
(the competing brand of metal clay) as well. Many of the questions
that keep appearing in the Orchid Forum, have been asked and answered
on the Guild website. The Discussion Board is an open forum (you
don’t have to be a member of the Guild to access it). It’s not
expensive to join the PMC Guild and membership includes the
full-colour magazine of the guild, Studio PMC, which is published
Hope you find this helpful.