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Enamelling on PMC Silver

Tips on enamelling on silver clay. Transparent enamels work really well to enhance the natural colour of silver. Here are some of our favourite tips:

1)  Fire PMC as high as possible to create a dense structure to enamel on. 

2)  Once fired, quench the pieces by dipping them into water to remove the heat, brush with a steel brush to begin the polishing process then finish by tumbling for two hours - this will harden the silver and prepare the surface for enamelling. Once finished rinse well with water and to retain and clean enamelling surface do not touch it.

3) Your enamel powders may be pre-washed but to ensure the best results you should wash your enamels prior to use.

Put a small scoop of enamel into a dish and *add distilled water - swill and pour off the cloudy water. Repeat from * until the water runs clear.

4) Prepare the Kiln

Run your kiln on a PMC Fast programme 900 C for 10 minutes. You can repeat the programme as needed.

5) Add the wet enamel to your desired areas of texture using the the small brush. Allow this to dry completely on top of the kiln - it will look consistently lighter in colour.

6) Place into an orange glowing kiln then wait for the enamel to shine over. It will go through various stages..darken and look peel texture..then it will become shiny.

7) Remove and leave to cool naturally. Apply more enamel if needed repeating from **. Work on one piece at a time

by Helen Forder

Happy Valentine's Day

Everyone needs a little love in their life and our curved heart cutters are no exception. This little set is so versatile you'll use them time and time again. The larger size cutters are ideal for making fingerprint charms and pendants. Use the smallest sized cutter to make pretty heart shaped holes in your pendants or how about creating pretty stud earrings with the next size up? 

This set of four cutters will be on offer all Valentine's weekend at half price whilst stocks last. RRP is £13.75 now only £6.87 for the set of 4. Available whilst stocks last. .

by Bold Apps , under   valentines

Make your own Keepsake Jewellery with our Hand and Foot/paw printing kit

Now on offer at only £9.99 your Hand and Foot/paw printing kit contains 10 x papers, 8 x inkless wipes and full instruction. To use simply rub the inkless invisable ink wipes over the hand/foot/paw and press down onto the paper included in the kit. The paper will react to the (harmless) chemicals in the wipe and create the black outline. Each sheet of paper comes with a reminder printed on it on which side to use. Tip: for pets and footprint you can also place the paper on the floor and get the person/pet to stand on it - much easier!  

Once you have made the print scan this into your computer and use a programme like Photoshop to clean up the image - making is crisp and clear. At this point reduce the size of the image to the size you wish to use into your PMC. Print out your crisp and reduced image onto acetate. Use The PMC Studio Photopolymer Kit to produce your re-usable stamp for the clay. The PMC Studio also sells photopolymer refills for further projects. 

by Helen PMC

50% off all Creative Bronze Clay

All our Creative Bronze Clay is now half price! This means a pack of 20g clay is now only £3.31, 50g is £6.23 and our bumper 100g pack only £10.40. This clay can be fired in a kiln on an open shelf with kiln pillow (no carbon required) and small pieces can be fired with a torch. You will find our free fact sheet in the product description online.
by Bold Apps

PMC Extended Certification

We will be running our most popular PMC Certification Module - Module 1 The Naturals on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th September in Buckinghamshire. This two day course is a great way to challenge yourself and is suitable for anyone who has done a beginners course, worked with a different type of silver clay or looking for a refresher course. This intensive course will cover the following techniques: 
  1. Natural materials - Use a leaf or a pod to create a stunning pendant.
  2. Textured pendant - Includes creating your own mould and gemstone setting.
  3. Glass pendant - Learn to set a glass cabochon in PMC and fire allowing for shrinkage.
  4. Band ring - Learn how to make a strong, durable ring.
  5. Toggle clasp - Create a feature two part clasp.
  6. Domed bead - Make a hollow bead using dry construction techniques.

To book email or call 07377 535595.

by Bold Apps

Refresh your PMC Silver Clay this summer with PMC Aqua

PMC Aqua is a special liquid that can be added to any type of Precious Metal Clay to make your own sheet/paper type clay, syringe or even to use to completely reconstitute dried out clay. However, did you know you can also use it to refresh your clay whilst working? To keep your clay in optimum condition simply add a few drops of PMC Aqua and water in equal amounts. This will make your Aqua go further.
by Bold Apps

Bronze Clay special on Jewellery Box this week

This week's Jewellery Box programme featured Creative Bronze clay in addition to the usual PMC Flex. This one off special featured working with base metal clay as well as firing with a torch or kiln and how to remove the firescale using the new safe Picklean granules. You can still watch it at - go to tv schedule and select 18th June @ 8am - Jewellery Box with Matt
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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

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

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