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Taking the plunge - PMC


#1

Good Morning,
I am in the process of setting up my studio, which I packed away 10
years ago when life got in the way of my craft! One of the first things
I’m intending to do is work with PMC. I have the PMC, I have a kiln…
any basic on firing temp, and working with the material will
be greatly appreciated.

Have a great day!

Gail Selig


#2

There’s some stuff in the archives about PMC. If you read the book Rio
sends with each order, that is a pretty good intro. The current issue of
Bead and Button has an article about PMC…and Lap. Journal does every
once in a while…current or recent article in Metalsmith. The imp. thing
about PMC, an experienced person told me, is consistant temp. I have
followed her edict and had no probelms. She also suggests putting it in
the kiln with kiln off, and letting it come up. I do that on the first
round, but then it comes up to temp., and second round goes in hot.
Works. Elaine Chicago Illinois US


#3

Gail, my (novice) experience with PMC has been good so far. I fire at
1630 deg. F for 2 hours without a kiln controller (which means I stand
right at the kiln for 2 hours and make sure the temp does not go over 1630
deg.) I lay my pieces on alumina hydrate (from ceramic stores), so 3-D
pieces do not flatten out. I understand Rio Grande is coming out with new
programmable kiln that will have PMC program installed. Also, Swest is
selling a PMC made in Japan also at about half the price. Lathrop’s
Jewelry Supply in Houston is carrying it, but I have not tried it yet.
You should have several replies to your inquiry. Dottie