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Bee in Garden

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This is a layered pendant that has a beautiful floral background and the definition of love along one side. The bee is 3-D on top and the pendant is finished in a rustic style with a large hole in the top for you to wrap a silk ribbon through or necklace with a toggle piece to slide the pendant through. You can change the hole to just a rustic looking bail if you want. The pendant measures 2” in length by 1.6” in width.

 

If you want to add a birthstone to the item then please go to the product features section of this page and click on 'add birthstones'.  Then go to the birthstone category and choose your color, size, and quantity.                

If you want to add enamel colors to the item then please go to the product features section of this page and click on 'add enamels'.  Then go to the enamel category and choose your colors.  You can add as many as you want.


HISTORY OF PMC

In the early 1990s, Dr. M. Morikawa of Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in Japan led a team of scientists who developed and patented a material known today as Precious Metal Clay (PMC). In Japan, pottery is an art form with deep cultural significance stretching back for over a thousand years. Dr. Morikawa wanted to join jewelry making to ceramics. He reasoned that if he could transform precious metals into a material that could be shaped and finished like clay, then he could touch a resonance that would interest many Japanese artists. He succeeded and PMC was born.  PMC is made up of microscopic pure silver or pure gold particles in an organic binder mixed with water.  You can use it exactly the same way you would use clay to sculpt things.  When it has dried out, it can be fired in a kiln.  During firing the clay, or organic binder, burns away leaving only the fine silver or gold behind. Once the piece has been fired it can be treated like any other traditional silver or gold object.

By 1994, PMC was in production in Japan and being marketed there. Mitsubishi felt that the product was ready for export. It was shipped to America and given to many well known jewelers to experiment with.

What was learned:

•PMC is an amazingly plastic and versatile material. It can be shaped by hand, folded, molded, extruded and painted on another surface.

•PMC can be endlessly textured and takes on microscopically fine definition.

•PMC can be mixed with ceramic powders and oxides to assume new shades of color and a rougher texture.

•PMC can be fired with stones and ceramics. It can be glazed and enameled.

•PMC fits a wide range of artistic visions but not all. It compliments but does not displace traditional jewelry methods. 

One of the first requirements was to find an experienced company to sell PMC as the U.S. distributor. Rio Grande in Albuquerque was interested and since 1996 has provided the jewelry community with a professional and helpful source of supply.  Several national magazines carried articles about PMC, and Rio Grande introduced the radically new material to its customers through catalogs and presentations at shows. As interest grew, we became aware of a need for teachers. To address this, Mitsubishi hired McCreight in late 1996 to teach five Master Classes to selected teachers. At the suggestion of Akira Nishio, Manager of the PMC division of Mitsubishi, the Guild worked with Rio Grande (at that time the only US distributor) to create an innovative program that established standards that would insure continuing artistic development of metal clay. The Guild responded by creating a fixed curriculum program called certification.

 

WHAT I WORK WITH

PMC STANDARD

This clay shrinks about 30% when fired which allows for fine detail work.

PMC 3

This clay does not shrink and can be combined in the kiln with other materials like sterling silver findings, glass, ceramics, and cubic zirconium. This is the clay I use in my Opal Jewelry.  I fire the piece first, then attach the opal after it has been polished.

Both Standard and PMC 3 are made with fine silver and cost the same as standard silver. Fine silver is not sterling silver. Sterling silver contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, which is usually copper.  Adding the other metals to the silver gives the piece strength, but it also allows it to tarnish.  Fine silver is 99.9% silver and .01% air. It does not tarnish, which means you will never have to wash your fine silver piece with anything stronger than soap and water.  It is a little softer than sterling silver, but not enough to ever notice.

14K or 24K GOLD PMC

This clay can be combined with PMC 3 or used individually.  It has great color, but it cost just as much as standard gold to make jewelry so I only use it for special orders. This PMC it will be 99.9% gold and .01% air after it is fired, and it will be just as strong as regular gold; you would never be able to tell the difference.

AuRA 22

Want the gold look without the gold price? 

A new product is now available to be used in PMC jewelry. It is called Aurora 22 and us similar to electroplating because it only covers the surface of the Jewelry. 

Aura 22 is ideally suited to work with all versions of PMC and metal clay. It can also be used on sterling silver that has been properly prepared. Unlike electroplating, Aura 22 requires no special equipment.  It is especially recommended for heavily textured surfaces, and for embellishing areas that would be difficult to cover with alternative techniques. Aura 22 involves almost no waste and a relatively small investment. A one gram package can usually embellish 20-30 objects. 

How it works:

Tiny particles of pure gold (91.6%) are blended with fine silver particles ( 8.4% ) to create a precious metal with deep yellow color and the ability to fuse to silver at low temperatures. The result is a layer of gold that is considerably thicker than possible with electroplating, and it is a permanent layer that will not rub off overtime since the gold particles fuse to the fine silver object that they are painted over. I have used this product on many of my personal pieces and no one can ever tell it is not 100% pure gold.

Finishes

BLACK MAX

Contains hydrochloric acid and tellurium which is used to oxidize silver and give it a very black base.  It can also be used on gold to give it an antique look. I use this on most pieces to bring out the details.  I use gloves and cover the piece with the liquid and then use a brass-end brush to remove most of the black from the piece.  I then place the items in the tumbler to polish them back up.  The end result is a piece that is highly polished and has black in all the recesses which shows the detail of the item.

LIVER OF SULFUR

One of the most effective oxidizers for silver, liver of sulfur works best when either it (or the Jewelry) is hot, producing a durable multi-colored finish.  I use this liquid when I want to create golds, reds, purples, blues, or browns on a piece.  The only downfall is you can not control the colors the piece shows.  You can however use a polishing cloth to remove the colors if you do not like the end result. If I use this finish it will be stated in the item description.

ENAMEL

Enameling is the painting of pigments of powdered glass onto the silver or gold jewelry prior to firing in a kiln. During the kiln firing process, the glass pigments fuse with the surface molecules of the jewelry to create one solid piece that now has color.  Any color is available for enameling and they are available in transparent and opaque.

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