From the time I was very young, I dreamed of working with
silver--the magic metal. Instead, I had babies and kept house,
taught Girls Scouts how to build things with popsicle sticks, and
spent years moving from drying flowers to making my own paper from
dryer lint. I eventually settled into pottery, then ceramics. And
one day, I saw precious metal clay on TV. My dream had come true.
And indeed it had! That was 5 years ago and I've worked hard at my
art since then.
I don't teach about PMC for money, but I AM a PMC evangelist and
will teach anyone willing to buy a lump of PMC or Art Clay the
beginning techniques so they, too, can have a passion. One of my
very first PMCers was recently juried into a prestigious guild on
the basis of her PMC skills and beadwork--right up there beside the
silversmiths, goldsmiths, woodworkers, metal sculptors, and all the
other fine artisans.
As far as strength of the end product is concerned, I would not
blame the material but rather the production methods if a ring made
of PMC cracks. I have a simple band made of standard PMC that I
have worn constantly for 5 years while mopping floors, working in
the garden, etc., and it is flawless. I DO fire all my metal clays
to 1650 degrees for two hours (old pottery habits die hard) for
I was confronted by a jeweler selling charms at a show once. He
rudely told me I was making "junk." When I asked what he knew about
PMC and if he had ever tried it, he became rudely irate, telling me
he wouldn't touch it if someone paid him--he didn't want to
contaminate his "skilled" hands. I smiled and attended to a
customer who was waiting to purchase a reasonably expensive piece
who asked what his "problem" was, as I boxed her one-of-a-kind
pendant and took her money.
This is a wonderful site and I spend lots of time lurking and
learning. I love you Orchid folks and your willingness to share and
teach. If you have a chance, try PMC--even if it's just for fun. I
like to tell my students: ALCHEMY IS ALIVE AND WELL!!
Silver Moon Reflections/Craftdreams