Precious metal clay (PMC), developed in the 1990s by the Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, is actually powdered metal suspended in a clay-like binding medium. It is a very user-friendly material. You can mold it, stamp it, shape it, file it, carve it, glaze it, and texture it while it’s in its clay-like form. After air-drying, the finished piece is fired either by a torch or in a kiln. During the firing process the binding medium burns off, leaving molecules of metal that have no choice but to fuse together. The finished product is a shiny sculpture of silver or gold! Let’s begin!
Using precious metal clay create one-of-a-kind jewelry in a relatively short time, with no prior jewelry-making experience required.
- Small relief patters for your pendant molds (3) Choose anything with an interesting pattern that you'd like to depict on your pendants, such as rubber stamps, leaves, shells, even small plastic toys. These items should be ¾' across.
- Misting bottle (1)
- Jump rings (1) to secure your finished piece
- Olive oil (1) so PMC doesn't stick to your work surface or fingers
- Nonstick work surface (1) a document protector works well
- Silver precious metal clay plus (PMC+) (6) available online or check your local craft or bead shops
- Old playing cards (8) to gauge for thickness. Tape together 2 sets of 4 cards each
- Sculpy clay (1) for mold making, available at any hobby store
- Leather cord or silver chain (1)