In the early 1990’s, scientists from Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in Japan developed a product, which for many jewelry designers will be considered as a revolution. It requires no specific metal working experience and is of very simple use.
Precious Metal Clay or PMC is a combination of molecular sized particles of pure metal (silver, gold or even platinum), water and an organic binder.
It can be shaped, folded, rolled, textured, played with … just like ordinary clay.
After the water has been driven off, the dried piece is placed in a kiln to the fusing temperature of the constituent metal.
The result is a piece of fine silver or gold.
Although the process is easiest with pure metals, the latest developments allow also to make pieces in bronze.
I discovered Precious Metal Clay with Noortje Meijerink in 2005. In 2006, I took the Rio Rewards PMC certification with Barbara Becker Simon.
The possibilities this new material offers in combination with lampwork is what interests me the most.
'Bracelets Monnaie': PMC in combination with glass beads
''Scarifications': lampwork glass bead engraved with PMC silver