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Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
1:04 am

I wanted to thank everyone with their assistance earlier with my drying out problem. I got back on the horse and cranked this out:
My first project!Collapse )
Friday, August 15th, 2008
4:07 pm
First Pictures!
I have finally managed to take some reasonably acceptable photographs of the jewellery I've been making. They don't really capture the shine of the pieces, but here they are anyway:

The scroll pendant is made from a rubber mould I designed and carved myself, and it's made me (and it's buyer!) very happy. I am looking forward to improving it's bail next time though. The leaf, of course, is painted with Art Clay paste then burned away.

Thanks for looking!

[x-posted to silverclayart, jewelry_art and jewelrymakers
Sunday, June 1st, 2008
9:05 pm
Fired the squids...

Also the octopuses, loch ness monsters, assorted mammals, and fish.

I made them on cork centers, so they are hollow and quite light (though they feel quite sturdy. Also pointy). I think the little ones will make good earrings.
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
10:31 pm
Sea creatures beads. Also rabbits.

Here are some beads in progress. Octopuses, squids, rabbits, loch ness monsters (or marine dinosaurs), and there's some cats and llamas and horses and other things laying about.

These are all hand-sculpted individually, no molds. These are built over dried cork clay centers, then painted over with many layers of slip, then tentacles, eyes, head, or legs added on. Hopefully once they get all finished and sanded up and get fired, I'll end up with nice hollow silver beads. We'll see how it works out though, this is an experiment.
Monday, February 4th, 2008
1:53 am
SilverClay beads
Winged phalluses (or flying penises) are an old Roman fertility symbol. Very lucky. ;)
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Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
8:57 pm
another paste question
I'm back again with another paste question. I am looking into getting the Art Clay 650 Paste Type. My last piece I made came out nicely by torching it on my gas burner... can I do that with the paste? It doesn't say anything about that on the website, so I wondered if I could or not.

Friday, November 24th, 2006
2:31 pm
PMC and a Hot Pot
I have been working with clay for a long time but for the holidays I am getting a PMC kit that comes with a hot pot so that I can start working with silver clay and was wondering if anyone here uses a hot pot or torch instead os a kiln to heat their pieces and how you like the method you use?

Also I am also looking into purchasing a PMC Kiln in the future, the one I am looking at is from Delphi Glass

Sierra Pmc Silver Jewelry Clay Kiln
DelphiGlass Item Number: 72001

Anyone have any experience with this kiln or recomendations.
Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
6:03 pm

Hi All!

This is my first post here... I've been using pmc for a while now as an aspect of my costuming, and I've discovered I love working with this stuff... ;)  Just thought I'd share with the group here... You can see the pieces I've made here.   There are links on that page to several of the pieces' individual pages, sometimes with pictures of how I made the them. 

Here is my most recent recreation:  It is the Mouth of Sauron's Pendant from The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, made for a friend who is making the rest of the costume:


And here is my most recent piece... Something I came up with... It is a Prayer Rope, also made for a friend:

I can't say enough how much I love this clay... :D

Friday, October 13th, 2006
2:27 am
question about getting into PMC
I'm really interested in PMC, and will be taking a class in the spring (soon as funds permit). But I haven't messed with any kind of clay since elementary school, so I wonder if it would be useful for me to practice with polymer clay first? It's much cheaper and doesn't require a kiln, so I'm thinking it would give me a way to get familiar with holding, kneading, shaping, and cutting clay before I take a class with the more expensive material.

Thoughts? Anyone work with both? How similar are they?

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
8:21 am
I'm a little obsessed with old keys and finished these last night.

Two braceletsCollapse )
Monday, August 14th, 2006
6:29 pm
Hey, I find myself commenting about tumbling quite a bit, so I figured I'd post my extended riff here.
When I started with PMC, I resisted getting a tumbler, simply because it seemed like another hassle and expense. But I want to tell you--if you plan on selling your work, tumbling is the way to go. Not only does it burnish the piece to a finer level than hand-burnishing can (which, in turn, makes the piece look more professional), it work hardens the silver (which is essential IMHO because fine silver is softer than sterling to begin with).
Anyway, I use a suuuuuuuper basic 3lb rubber barrel tumbler I picked up on eBay and 2 lbs of stainless shot...and the shot was actually a bigger investment than the tumbler. Good thing it lasts forever.
My advice otherwise is to get a cheap tumbler because engines do break down after heavy use (and always have a few extra belts on hand; they stretch out quickly).
If anyone is ever interested in my tumbling method, drop me a line and I have happy to share.
Sunday, August 6th, 2006
6:17 pm
Can anyone share some ideas for putting lettering on silver clay?  What tools/techniques do you use?  I have tried a number of things and still haven't been totally satisfied with the results.  Thanks!

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
2:02 pm
2 quick questions
I don't quite understand the silver paint. Do you paint, say an orchid... and then fire it?

If so, can you it with seashells and seahorses?

Also, I found the firing times for PMC with a torch (thanks to a link I found in here).

As a convenience, here are those recommended times:

PMC+1650° F for at least 10 minutes OR
1560° F for at least 20 minutes OR
1470° F for at least 30 minutes
PMC31650° F for 3 minutes OR
1290° F for at least 10 minutes OR
1200° F for at least 210 minutes OR
1110° F for at least 45 minutes

Are these the same for the AC 650? It's not the slow dry kind.

Sorry for being so stupid with this... this is my first project. If all goes well, I will be making more.


Current Mood: confused
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
9:39 pm
First attempt
I just bought some pmc and a small kiln, and I've made my first piece. I designed this myself and it may have been a little complicated for a first project because pmc is HARD to work with - it dries out soooo fast! Anyway, I'm quite happy with it, it looks a million times better in person because it's not nearly as large and scratchy looking as in the picture, and I've been wearing it, even though it's not nearly as shiny as I want. My question is, how do I shine it up some more? I can't afford to buy a tumbler, and I can only find up to 1500 grit sandpaper. But I'm having a hard time getting in the cracks and the spaces in between the petal points. I really want a nice mirror surface. I suppose it would be nicer too with a bit of a patina. Anyway, I'm REALLY excited about this medium, and I can't wait to try some more! Thanks a bunch!!!!

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
4:22 pm
Hi. I'm new here!
I just made my first piece today.... well... I molded it. It's drying right now.

I have a question, Can I use screen instead the special netting?

FireMountain Gems didn't carry the netting, and the Art Clay website wanted to charge me $17 for a $4 item!

I will be sure to show you when I'm all done! :)

Monday, July 10th, 2006
8:13 pm
Stuff to make flexible molds?
Hi everyone,

I'm looking to get back into working with polymer and silver clay, and I'm looking for some material to make molds from. I've got the Mold Builder liquid latex rubber stuff for use with resins, etc, but it's not quite what I want for this project, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.

I know that Sculpey makes an Elasticlay MoldMaker product, but I've only seen it in one place and it's a bit expensive. Has anyone seen it at Michael's, where I might at least be able to use the 40% off coupon? I looked briefly last time, but I didn't see it there- I don't know if that's just because I'm in Canada or what...

I'm also interested in those silicone mold things where you mix two compounds together and you have a few seconds to minutes before it sets, but I haven't seen it locally. I've done a few searches online, but I haven't been able to find quite what I'm looking for (plus a lot of places charge an arm and a leg to ship to Canada). Has anyone had any experience using these silicone molds, and would you be able to recommend a brand/where to get them?


x-posted to craftgrrl
Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
1:17 pm
silver clay HELP!
Has anyone else used the Silver Art Clay 650 low-fire? I was really having a hard time with it last night. Crumbling like crazy cracking and not going through the pasta machine

is it all like this or the brand or what? Am I doing something wrong?
Monday, June 12th, 2006
3:47 pm
Forget-Me-Not Pendant
Hi, my name's Alene. I'm new to this community. I've been working with PMC3 and torch firing for the last few months... here's one of my latest projects.

I'm pretty happy with this photo but still think the piece is a little nicer in real life.
6:01 pm
Some recent PMC pieces
I haven't posted for a while, and I thought I'd show some things I've been working on over the last couple of months:
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Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
7:49 pm
PMC Tiara, again!
As requested, a photo of myself, wearing the PMC ivy leaf tiara! Sorry, it's not a good close-up shot of it on my head, but it's the best one I could find on my computer. I also beaded the ivy leaves that are on my bodice (told you I managed to get ivy leaves into everything!).
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