Precious metal clay (PMC) is a pretty intriguing material. I had heard about it over the years but had never really looked into it until recently. Developed in the early 1990s in Japan, precious metal clay consists of microscopic particles of pure silver or fine gold powder and a water-soluble, non-toxic, organic binder which burns off during firing. Compared with the types of clay that we all use, metal clay is in its infancy, and it’s exciting to think about the possibilities of this material (especially when it gets into the hands of the creative CAD readership!).


So we set out to find some videos for you and found a an extremely thorough and well-produced set of instructional DVDs on the subject. Today we are presenting an excerpt from that set. In this clip, Hattie Sanderson, a certified PMC instructor, explains the basic PMC tools and lingo, and presents an introductory earring project. Have a look and see if you’d like to get to know clay’s cousin a little better. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


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This clip was excerpted from Contemporary Metal Clay 1: Fundamental Tools and Techniques, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore.


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