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Oct
31
Make rings with PMC Flex

Making rings is not difficult, it just takes a bit of practise and the right tools for the job.

What clay to use: The easiest clay to start with is PMC Flex. It will give you plenty of time to perfect your design, is easy to join and gives accurate finished sizing. As PMC Flex can be torch or kiln fired this means you can torch fire simple wedding band style rings.

PMC Onefire will be a bit stronger once fired but requires a kiln and is a little bit more difficult to size accurately. However, it may be something to consider once you have mastered making rings and are looking to make on a regular basis.

You will need: Ring mandrel with stand (getting one without is not worth the small saving), ring strips, US ring sizer, snake roller, texture mat, clay shaper, safety cutter, paintbrush, cup of water and some paste.   

Ring sizing: We recommend using US ring sizing as this makes it much easier to get an accurate finished size.If you are making a ring with PMC Flex only or with synthetic gemstones make the ring 3 US sizes larger than the finished size. The firing schedule for this will be 800C for 30 minutes.

If you are using glass, ceramics or natural gemstones which can  not withstand the 800C temperature you will need to make the ring 2 US sizes larger. The firing schedule in this case will be 600C for 45 minutes.

Small and rings can be fired with a torch. In this case make the ring 3 US sizes larger than the finished size.

Method:

Use a US plastic ring sizer to measure the finished ring size. Make sure it fits comfortably over the knuckle.

Extend the ring sizer 2/3 sizes (depending on the firing programme you are going to use).

Place a ring strip on the mandrel and use the ring strip to find the place to build your ring. Make sure it is in the middle of the strip. Use a piece of cellotape to tape the ring strip onto itself (not the mandrel).

Use a snake roller to roll a coil and texture it with a rubber mat/brass plate. Flatten the coil using  roller and spacers making sure the core of the piece is at least 1mm thick plus the depth of the texture on top. If in doubt, make it a little thicker so you can easily sand it on the inside later.

Unfold the ring sizer and use the length of the strip to measure the size of the coil and locate the textured area you wish to use. Use the safety cutter to cut a clean edge.

Press one end of the coil securely onto the ring strip on the mandrel.Rotate the mandrel so the coil wraps around the mandrel. That way you will ensure the correct tension of the coil on the mandrel.

Cut away the excess clay using the safety cutter. Secure the ends of the coil using plenty of paste. Use a clay shaper to smooth and integrate both ends of the clay.

Leave the ring to dry on the stand. If you have a dehydrator you can remove the ring strip with the ring from the mandrel once it is leather hard to speed up the drying process.

Once refine your ring on the in and outside to ensure the joint is no longer viseable. Fire are recommend above. 

 

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Sep
25
PMC 2019 Calendar out now

Be inspired by the new PMC Calendar for 2019. This edition is packed full of wonderful pieces made by some of our talented students and teachers. Receive your free copy from your local PMC Accredited Training Centre or with every order from The PMC Studio.
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Sep
06
Join Amy Surman at Kirstie's Handmade Fair 14-16 Sep @Hampton Court Palace

Join Amy Surman, one of the UKs leading metal clay tutors, at Hampton Court Palace next week where she will be demonstrating precious metal clay on Stand E136.

Since 2006 Amy has introduced many people to the joy of jewellery design and making from her relaxed, fun studio and shop in Oxford where she offers workshops across Silversmithing, Precious Metal Clay, Beading and Wirework – or for those that prefer to have a go at home she has a selection of fun kits suitable for beginners and improvers alike. Alongside the full workshop program and the many events she does outside of the shop Amy also has a range of unique handmade jewellery pieces – or why not stop by and have a chat about her personalized design service for that one of a kind piece.

Tel: 01865 774298
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Aug
31
Catch up on this week's PMC Show on Hochanda TV

Watch this week's PMC Show on Hochanda's Jewellery Box via Youtube, This week we are covering the basics of rolling, texturing, cutting, drilling holes and applying your own 999 fines silver stamp. The next show is Tuesday 6th November. Join us for a whole hour of PMC at 8am on sky663, freeview 85, freesat817 or www.hochanda.com
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Jun
16
Include your work in next year's PMC Calendar

The PMC calendar continues to be hugely popular and we are getting ready with the designs for next year. If you would like your work to be considered please get in touch with Helen at helen@thepmcstudio.com to find out more.
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Jun
05
We're taking a short break from Monday 11 June until Friday 15 June.

The office will be closed from Monday 11 June until Friday 15 June. All orders received during this period will be sent on Monday 18th June.
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Apr
30
PMC Aqua on Sale now

We are pleased to announce the launch of PMC Aqua. Those of you that received our free samples loved it! Now you can buy some more more to rehydrate your clay to a pack fresh state! Now with 20% Off.
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Apr
19
The Big Bead Show this Saturday!

Come and see us at The Big Bead Show this Saturday 21 April at Sandown Park Racecourse in Surrey. All silver clay workshops are now sold out but you can still come along to buy your PMC supplies, get advice and demos. The PMC Studio is part of The Jewellery Making Experience stand where you will find lots of jewellery making ideas. See you there! See the Events section for more details.
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Mar
28
Watch this week's PMC Show on Hochanda TV

If you missed Jewellery Box with PMC on Tuesday you can watch this one hour special here . In the show Helen demonstrates several projects, hallmarking, making your own moulds and the new PMC Aqua with lots of practical demo's.

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Feb
17
New easy payment plan for PMC Certification

Always wanted to challenge yourself in metal clay but have been put off by the cost? We now offer an easy payment plan which means you can complete the entire PMC Certfication programme by the end of the year. For more details email helen@thepmcstudio.com or go to PMC Certification
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