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Apr
07
Fire your PMC Silver Clay safely with our fibre coated kiln shelves

An even heat distribution is important when firing your silver clay especially at kiln firing temperatures and times come down.  
Safely kiln fire your PMC pieces on this 178 x 178 x 12.7mm kiln shelf. Made of durable coated hard fibre these are long lasting use. Ideally suited for Evenheat and Paragon kilns. Recommended use: place on kiln posts when using a single shelf to fire. To fire a larger number of items; place one shelf on the floor of the kiln and place a kiln post in each corner of the shelf. Place the second shelf on top of the kiln posts making sure that the pyrometer (at the back of the kiln) remains clear. This will enable you to fire up to 50 small items at once! Use kiln tongs to safely insert/remove your kiln shelf.
 
Please remember to run the shelf through the kiln prior to using it with PMC to burn off any of the chemical residue used to coat the shelf. Any of the higher temperature programmes will work. There may be a faint chemical smell during firing.
by Helen PMC

Apr
02
How to add a subtle texture to the back of your silver clay

You know the first thing we all do is turn a piece over to check the back! You want the back of your piece to look as pretty as the front. By using a brass texture plate you can add interest to the back of your work and save on sanding.

To use rub a little badger balm on the plate before each use. Place your spacers either side of you clay on the brass plate and use a roller to roll your clay. To add another texture to the front of your piece press a second texture on top whilst the clay is on the brass plate. Remove the clay from the plate and cut to size. This way you will get a lovely crisp texture from your brass plate every time.

by Bold Apps

Mar
28
Deal of the Day - lots of great offers!

10 great metal clay deals for you! Between 28th March and 6th you will be able to pick up a new bargain every day. Stock up on limited edition items at great prices. Our postage rates are the same for the first 1kg so you can stock up without worrying about extra postal charges.

Terms: available whilst stocks last. On-line orders only. Can not be combined with any other promotion or offer.  

by Bold Apps

Mar
19
Create 3D Compositions with our new moulds

Moulds are a great way to create 3D components to create your own compositions. Add a little badger balm when you first use to mould. Simply press in the clay - PMC Flex is our favourite - and push out. Moulding with silver clay isn't about replicating the ready made mould but using sections to combine with your other textures. They can also be used to create prongs, add interest to bails and much more. Take a look at our new range now.
by Bold Apps

Jan
16
Soldering on Silver Clay

Soldering on precious metal clay is a little different to soldering with sheet silver. For anyone making keepsake jewellery and looking to add that professional finishing touch we are offering a half day course to make and solder your own jump rings, solder earring posts and cufflink backs. This is also an ideal course for beginners or those looking to perfect their soldering on silver clay. Taught by our jewellery expert, Emma Johnson, this will enable you to get confident with this traditional silversmithing technique. This one off course will take place on Wednesday 27th February - time 10am-1pm (free parking on site) Accommodation is available across the road at The Aylesbury Holiday Inn (2 minute walk) nearest rail station is Stoke Mandeville (we can collect and drop you off). Cost per person is £66 and includes vat and 15g of fluxed silver solder paste (hallmark quality) for you to use and take away. Please bring some fired pmc pieces to practise on.
by Helen Forder , under   PMC  solder  soldering  soldering courses

Jan
02
Woolly jumpers call for a PMC brooch

Brighten up your winter jumpers with a precious metal clay brooch. Brooches are now even easier to make with The PMC Studio's fine silver brooch backs. Made in the UK from solid fine silver and marked 999 for you, these handy brooch backs can be fired with any type of PMC silver clay. The brooch bars feature a deep ridge so you can press your wet clay straight onto it. Once you have created your design, ;eave the finished brooch to dry and fire with a torch or in a kiln (see our Firing Page for details.) Once fired, polish your brooch and press the pin in place. You will see that the pin fits neatly between two little cups. Press together with a pair of pliers and you are ready to wear your brooch.
by Bold Apps

Dec
05
FREE Christmas Gift Wrapping Service

Buying that special someone the perfect gift of Precious Metal Clay? Why not let us wrap it for you? We'll even include a little card with your Christmas message. Simply state Please Christmas wrap and the message you would like on your card in the message box at the online check out. Please include your email address so we can send a copy of the invoice to you instead of with your gift. Any questions or special instructions? Please email info@thepmcstudio.com or call 07377 535595.

by Bold Apps

Nov
30
Allergic to sterling silver? Try some of our precious metal clay silver clays

It is not uncommon for someone to be allergic to sterling silver. Sterling silver is made up of 92.5% silver and a mixture of alloys to give it extra strength. The allergic reaction is generally down to a reaction to the alloys rather than the silver itself.

A solution here would be to use one of the fine silver clays such as PMC3 or the revolutionary PMC Flex. These silver clay consists of pure silver particles with an organic binder and water. Although there may be a small trace of alloys in the binder these will be minuscule. In the past 20 years no person with an allergy to sterling silver has been known to react to PMC+ (discontinued), PMC3 or PMC Flex. Just remember to use fine silver findings! If you have any questions about this article please contact info@thepmcstudio.com   

by Bold Apps

Nov
20
Aura 22ct Gold Paste back in stock for Christmas

Add a bit of festive spirit to your silver clay with Aura Gold Paste. Here is how:

Aura 22 - A new concept in gold embellishment…..

Aura consists of small particles of pure gold (91.6%) and pure silver (8.4%). This precious metal is able to fuse to silver at low temperatures resulting in a layer of gold considerably thicker than that achieved by electroplating. The result is a deep golden colour that is hardwearing.

Aura 22 can be used on any type of Precious Metal Clay, other types of silver metal clay, fine silver sheet and depletion gilded sterling silver sheet* (see instructions below.)

Aura 22 is ideally suited for highly textured surfaces. A little goes a long way, with 1g typically sufficient to decorate 20-30 items.

Aura 22K Liquid

Each pack comes with a bottle of liquid carrier which can be added if the Aura 22 becomes dry. Simply add 1 or 2 drops, stir and leave to stand for several minutes. (Do not use too much as it affect the intensity of the colour.)

Application

Aura 22 is a creamy paste that can be painted on.

1 - Fire the metal clay as usual. Leave in its white state. Do not polish/tumble or burnish. (If your item has already been fired reheat it for a short period so it returns to the white state.)

2 - Apply 2-3 even layers of Aura 22 with a paintbrush. Allow each layer to dry naturally for 20-30 minutes before applying the next one.

Firing

Kiln – preheat the kiln to 850C and fire for 10 minutes.

Keum Boo – Place the item on the hot plate and set to a medium/high heat. Once it has reached the correct temperature (where a wooden skewer starts to char) turn the heat down and burnish the gold with a burniseher.

Torch – Place the item on a torch block and heat until it starts to glow orange. Hold this for a few minutes to allow the Aura 22 to fuse.  

Polishing

Polish by hand using a stainless steel brush and burnisher or place in a tumbler with stainless steel shot and tumbler soap.  

How to depletion gild sterling silver

Sterling silver needs to be prepared to create a fine silver surface for Aura 22 to adhere to. Heat the item using a torch or in a kiln until it turns a dark grey/black (This is fire scale). Quench in hot safety pickle or Picklean to remove the firescale. Repeat this process about 6 times until it no longer attracts fire scale and the surface remains white.

For best results, paint on layer of PMC3 silver paste before applying several layers of Aura 22 as described above.

Safety

Aura 22 contains a binder that burns off during the fusing process. The gasses released are not toxic but we recommend that you do not inhale them. Should you get Aura 22 on your skin or in your eyes rinse well with water.

Available now at www.thepmcstudio.com

by Bold Apps

Nov
19
New Vintage Style Packaging

New vintage style packaging - you may have noticed some of the PMC packs are changing. However, the clay remains the same and nothing has been changed to the formula. Confused by the new look? The most unusual one is PMC Onefire Sterling which has been renamed PMC 950 Sterling. This has been done for those who choose to hallmark (fired items over 7.78g). However, as no PMC is marked as Britannia (950) silver ignore the 950 and mark as 925 sterling silver as per usual. If you are making to sell, or create items that will be worn on a regular basis fire at 900C for one hour in a temperature controlled kiln. Full details can be found on our product section website www.thepmcstudio.com.

by Helen PMC , under   metal clay  PMC  pmc onefire  silver clay
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