I have been looking into the different metal clays. Some pepole
prefer one over the other. What would you recommend and why? Art
Clay brand or PMC3+?
The two brands are very similar. It is like Coke and Pepsi–some
people prefer one over the other. Many people will use either brand.
The only way for you to answer this for yourself is to purchase a
small package of each brand and try them out.
There are multiple products offered by each company, so a good
comparison would start with using the comparable products. For
example PMC3 and ACS650 are the “equivalent” products; as are PMC+
and ACS Standard. Each product has slightly different working
properties. Most people who express a preference tend to prefer the
brand they started out using or the brand their teacher prefers.
After firing, it is impossible to tell which brand was used.
Combine the results of you testing with a price comparison and you
will find your answer. When comparing prices, be sure to compare the
net silver content rather than the clay weight for the most accurate
price You can also compare the weight of the clay
(silver + binder + water), but this will be a little less accurate
as the percentages of binder and water are a little different in the
various formulations. Be extra careful to not compare clay weight in
one brand to net silver weight in the other brand. The PMC brand
lists both net and clay weights on their packaging, while the ACS
brand tends to list the clay weight with the silver percentage in
parentheses next to it.
If you have a strong working preference, go with that, if not go for
price. The two brands are fully compatible, so you don’t have to
limit yourself to one brand unless you choose to do so. [Note: the
one exception to this is ACS Oil Paste, which is used to repair or
attach already fired pieces].
I have worked extensively with both brands and like both. I currently
work with and teach using the PMC brand for business reasons.
Mary Ellin D’Agostino, PhD
Sr. Teacher, PMC Connection
Certified Artisan, PMC Guild