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