Jewellery School now taking bookings.
Taylor and Whitlock are very proud to be able to announce the launch of their Jewellery School at the Crowthorne Shop
Having just been awarded Accredited Status in the teaching of PMC (precious metal clay) we are now able to offer courses teaching the use of this fabulous material.
From a one day introduction right thru to full certification the choise is yours, but beware …….this material comes with a TWJ health warning as it is seriously addictive !! We just can’t stop making fabulous jewellery with it!!
We are running training courses both at the Crowthorne shop and our fabulous studios in north devon www.oceanviewdevon.com
Just call mike on 01271 861519 for more information
So What is PMC? (Precious Metal Clay)
PMC is made by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in Japan using ground silver particles, a non-toxic organic binder and water.
During firing (using a butane torch or kiln) the binder burns off and the water evaporates, leaving a piece that is 99% pure silver. As such, it can be hallmarked as Fine Silver.
PMC3 is available as a mouldable putty, thin sheet, liquid paste
and in a syringe.
It can be sculpted, moulded, carved and extruded. It is safe to
use and suitable for a broad range of ability.
There are four types of PMC Clay, Each has its own unique qualities.
PMC Standard- the original PMC has a shrinkage rate of 30%, PMC + is perfect for fingerprinting and PMC3 shrinks 10% and has excellent workability and PMC Gold.
Low-Fire PMC Gold
A new 22K quick, low-fire gold which is made of superfine particles with the same unique qualities as the PMC+ silver (see below). It can be used on its own or watered down into slip to paint onto the silver.
It works particularly well when three coats are painted onto the silver. Once torch-fired, it creates a beautiful rich gold.
PMC Standard (also known as PMC Original)
The original PMC, this has the largest silver particles and shrinks up to 30 per cent. This makes it highly suitable for producing high-detail jewellery. As it needs to be fired for two hours, it is unsuitable for torch-firing. This clay is available in lump form only.
This is the second generation of PMC and has medium-sized particles. It can be combined with synthetic stones and ceramics. It is suitable for both torch and kiln firing. This clay is available in lump form
This is the latest form of PMC. It has the finest particles and therefore is the strongest and most durable of the PMC range. It can be combined with dichroic glass, synthetic stones, some natural stones and ceramics. It also benefits from a fast and low firing time.
This clay is available in lump form, paste and preloaded syringe.
* Sheet = Here the clay has been pressed into a thin sheet.
The binder contains no water therefore the PMC Sheet can be cut with scissors or with a paper punch.
We have courses to suit your needs. Choose from:
• Introduction to PMC
A comprehensive one day workshop designed to teach you the everything to get you started.
• The PMC Studio Certification programme
Each module addresses a different skill or approach, combined they provide a braod spectrum of skills in the use of PMC both for personal and professional development.
We believe in flexible learning. As such, our modular curriculum means you can complete any module, in any order, at any time and in any location.
Module 1 – Naturals
This module looks at using the natural, clay like Properties of Precious Metal Clay and combining them with natural, organic materials such as leaves, twigs & pods.
1 Textured pendant.
Includes creating your own moulds and setting a fireproof gemstone.
2 Glass pendant.
Learn to set a glass cabochon in PMC and fire allowing for the shrinkage.
3 Band ring.
Focus on creating strong, durable rings that will withstand daily wear.
4 Organic materials.
Combine PMC with organic materials such as leaves, pods and paper.
5 Decorative clasp.
Create a two part clasp combining PMC and Silver wire.
6 Domed bead.
Make a hollow bead using dry construction techniques. Can also be worn as a pendant.
7 Hollow free form.
Use the new wood clay to create any hollow form.
Module 2 – High finish
This module is about achieving a professional finish.
Learn the tricks of the trade to achieve this all of the time on all work.
1 Japanese enamels
An introduction to using fine Japanese hot enamels.
2 High shine mirror finish
Learn to polish your PMC so you can see your own reflection in your work.
3 Ring with bezel setting
Create a silver bezel in PMC to create a setting for items that can not be fired.
4 Ceramics – bisque
Combine PMC with bisque to create a beautiful solid decorated bead.
5 Ceramics – fired pottery
Combine ready fired ceramics with PMC
6 PMC 22K Gold
Learn to combine PMC gold with Silver.
Module 3 – Innovative design
This module is about Incorporating new elements into your PMC.
1 Dry construction bead with 24K gold
Create a circular bead and decorate using Keum Boo.
2 Syringe drawing
Master the syringe to create intricate, detailed designs that are structurally sound.
3 Photopolymer printing onto PMC
Make your own re - usabel stamps for adding texture to your PMC pieces.
4 Chain making
Make strong textured chain with PMC.
5 Ring with natural gemstone set in PMC
Enhance your rings by using natural gemstones.
6 PMC on Sterling Silver
Combine PMC and Sterling Silver Sheet
7 Colour effects on PMC
Use Liver of Sulphur to create different
colours effects on PMC.
• Private lessons
If you would like a specific date or want to make something specific we also offer private lessons at a time to suit you. Please email or call us for details and availability.
Your Questions answered
Q: Is PMC as good as ‘real’ silver?
A: This is probably the question The PMC Studio gets asked more than any other! And our answer is always the same: PMC is fine silver so in fact, it is even purer than Sterling Silver! We see it as the most exciting and innovative form of silver in the 21st century.
Q: How do you get the silver/gold into the clay?
A: In fact, it isn’t clay at all, but pure silver that has been finely ground and turned into a clay substance. When fired, the binder and water is burned off returning it to its original state – fine silver.
Q: How does PMC differ from working with sheet silver?
A: PMC should really be seen a complementary medium to Sterling Sheet. Sheet is ideal for creating large, smooth items. Due to the fact that it is sterling silver and because of the manufacturing process, sheet will be structurally stronger than PMC. However, PMC is ideal for creating patterns and textures as it can easily be moulded or sculpted. The use of certain construction methods and polishing means that most structural issues can be overcome.
Q: Can PMC be combined with other materials?
A: PMC can be combined with any other metal ranging from copper and brass to gold and platinum. You can solder onto PMC, pickle and oxidise it.
In addition, PMC can also be combined with glass and ceramics – basically with any material that can withstand a constant heat of 600˚C.
Q: How flexible is PMC?
A: One of the key advantages of PMC is the fact that it can be re-fired many times, which means that you can add it to an existing piece at any time. For example, if you are making a ring, you can create the band and the top separately. These can then be put together, using paste, before or after firing. And if you don’t like the result you can simply change it as many times as you like!
Q: It sounds fun for the amateur, but is it really a suitable medium for the professional jeweller?
A: Most definitely! As some of the country’s top designers will testify, any jeweller willing to try this unique new product will discover its endless possibilities. Nobody – whether expert professional or first-time amateur – looks back once they have opened that foil-wrapped package…