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March 28th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

I love PMC!

Posted in: The Journey


Today I took a beginners PMC course with fantastic tutor Di Osman. I had so much fun and I don’t think I’ve ever been so pleased with something in such a short amount of time.
The best thing about taking a course (as opposed to experimenting at home) is that I gained the confidence (and had the resources in front of me) to try more unusual techniques; for example dipping the finished piece in liver of sulphur to get a marvellous effect (in the top left pieces in the picture)
We found out the effect varies depending on how warm the water you add the sulphur to is. As I used it later on; the water had cooled quite a bit and gave this almost golden effect. If used in warmer water the effect is a bluey purple one.
Who would have thought you could get a chunk of silver by moulding clay, baking it for 3 minutes with a hand held torch and polishing it off!
Finding materials and stamps to get certain effects will be my new quest. In the class we used rubber stamps, pastry cutters, leaves and leather to get fantastic results. Little tubes can be used to cut holes or make patterns like on my star.
PMC is expensive but I made all this with still some left over out of a 30g pack with costs around £30. I’m sure I have enough left for at least another pair of earrings or a pendant. That works out at £6 per set and considering your end result is a chunk of 99.9% silver I think it’s fantastic value for money.
Best of all we all achieved these sort of results just on our first day and there is so much more to learn. We don’t need to invest in lots of equipment, just a small blow torch (very cheap) and some files, cutters (also dead cheap) You can find textures outside such as leaves, pebbles, bark, stone etc…
I would definitely recommend having a go with PMC!

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98 Responses to “I love PMC!”

  1. jean Says:

    These look fab! I have just ordered myself a starter kit of pmc cant wait for it to arrive. I think i will look for a course too… Im just going to take a look at your tutorials now for some ideas

    thanks for sharing!!

  2. specialists Says:

    I loved this post. It was so interesting. I will come back for sure. Im gonna bookmark it. thanks

  3. Beads Says:

    These are fantastic, I absolutely love them. Gives me the go ahead I needed to do a course on a similar thing. Thanks and look forward to future posts.

  4. nic Says:

    Instead of liver of sulphur, you can put your silver items into a sealed plastic tub along with a warm hard-boiled egg (cut in half). Leave for a while, and the silver gets a fantastic aged effect.

    Enjoying your blog!

  5. Kirsten Says:

    hey kate, looks fab and very pleased for you opening up a shop. i hope it’s going well, please let us know. pmc is definitely something I am going to try out but right now i’m recommencing my earring making with beads after a very long break from it. all the best, Kirsten xx

  6. Jewellery Making Says:

    Beautiful pieces, would love to be able to do such pretty pieces.

  7. Leanne Says:

    They are lovely peices. I really like the butterflys dipped in liver of Sulphur. I am definately wanting to have a go. x

  8. Nick Says:

    Yes that looks great, but 99.9% silver is very soft, the jewellery will be worn off quite quickly, that is what stopping me to use PMC.

  9. Julie Says:

    Attending seminars are really valuable because you can learn a lot if you can personally observe how they do it. I attended several craft-related seminars and I can say that I learned faster compared from reading the craft books that I have. Sometimes, you can even learn an entire book by attending simply attending a whole day seminar.

  10. Natacha Says:

    Realy nice result!

  11. Sapphire Pendants Says:

    Beautiful. You have a real talent, these are absolutely gorgeous pieces.

  12. Nick Says:

    You are very talented and your end products are a credit to you.
    Keep up the good work and I’m sure we will see more beautiful results to come.

  13. Stuart Cross Says:

    These pieces are fantastic and demonstrate real talent.

  14. Anne Says:

    Lovely pieces.Many of these look like they have been inspired by vintage jewellery

  15. Tom Says:

    Hi Katie

    I have a question about the site but can’t find a contacts page. Any chance you could drop me a line so we can talk further?



  16. byZarah.com Says:

    Ah! I know precious metal clay is fantastic! I was also hooked from the first time I tried it. Your pieces in the picture are very cute too :) Well done!

  17. Hannah Says:

    I agree PMC is great, so many avenues to explore.

  18. Pandora Style Charms Says:

    That is really good news I was so unsure about going down the whole PMC route but now I will definitely give it a whirl.

    Thanks for helping me to make up my mind!

  19. iluvm Says:

    I did an Art Clay course which was the same thing but a different brand. I have now used both with good results but find the art clay slightly cheaper to buy.

    I have made myself lots of nice little pieces.

  20. Indian Jewelry Says:

    Wow, the wonders of PMC. I like the pieces, they are elegant and a must have. You have helped many make up their minds on PMC, I tell you!

  21. ann Says:

    How fantastic if metal clay – I mix amonia with my LOS for lovely iridescent effects.

  22. Michelle Says:

    Great contemporary jewellery. Love the dipped in sulphur effect – looks fab.

  23. Handmade Jewellery Says:

    WaW It look so nice I’m going to try it

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  25. Seasons Jewellery Says:

    We also love unique jewellery at affordable prices, and your pieces would go down a treat with our customers. There’s nothing better than a nice bespoke piece of jewellery to get those fashion taste buds flowing!!

  26. George Zaidmann Says:

    Kate..thanks for sharing such valuable information on jewellery..Do comment on fashion jewellery

  27. Seasons Jewellery Says:

    Butterflies and stars are always popular! We love the way these pieces have a real rustic and vintage charm. – Great!

  28. Charm Beads Says:

    I really like the work you have here why not continue with your blog it really is a great peace of work you have.

  29. Anne Shane Says:

    Very nice pieces. I love them. This blog is very nice. Hope you post more interesting topics.

  30. Anne Shane Says:

    Nice post. It is very interesting. You should post more blogs like this one.

  31. sol Says:

    Beautiful pieces, would love to sell such item on my jewellery website

  32. Anne Shane Says:

    What a beautiful pendants. I love the heartshape.

  33. mrs Says:

    great post,beautiful pieces,they look very vintage,thanks again

  34. Jewellers Ireland Says:

    Look fantastic, love the butterflies. Never knew different temperature of water could have such an impact on metal color. Keep us posted on your next course, cant wait to see how the technique progresses.

  35. Riz Lee Says:

    great article..with valued info.. thanks

  36. Mens Rings Says:

    I love these designs especially the earrings, would love to start a womens jewellery store some day featuring stuff like this.

  37. Jewelley XS Says:

    Great jewellery, the star looks fantastic!!

  38. Jewellery-karo Says:

    I just had to comment to say that these are fantastic and elegant designs.

  39. Nick Says:

    Not bad for beginner!The designs look qute professional, good shaped and tastefully patterned.The oxydised parts have interesting colour, not just black.

  40. Benita Sudan Says:

    Awesome blog. I’m of the belief that it can be worth it to pay a great deal more money for an item you actually love as compared to placing it on the side. Our life is way too short for that.

  41. Peter Says:

    Great blog with some really handy info. I love the idea of individual pieces that no one else will have, it makes them so much more special. Awesome ideas for presents especially with Christmas coming up too! Thanks!

  42. Gold & Gems Says:

    This certainly is a good idea. Good designs too.

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  44. Impress Says:

    Great looking jewellery you have really have a skill.

  45. handmade jewellery Says:

    Loving your designs, nice techniques.

  46. Idressonline Says:

    Awesome to see the kates jewelry. Gorgeous collections. Dazzling piece of work, looks more attractive.

  47. pandora Says:

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  48. ideal Says:

    These are fantastic, I absolutely love them.

  49. Rickey Says:

    The jewelery are looking awesome, I must say that you have a very creative mind and the effort and patience which you have shown during the making of the jewelery is highly appreciative. The pictures are really great. I really wish if I have any of the jewelery for giving my mother for her 50th birthday. Thank you very much Katy for sharing this type of awesome pictures with us. I must visit this page again when I am with my mom.
    Thank you again

  50. vancouver clothing stores Says:

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  51. Ceirys Jewellery Says:

    I love what you have acheived on the PMC course, where do you get the kits from as I would love to have a go at making such jewellery. You have inspired me.

  52. Tabitha Platt Says:

    Fantastic! I was wondering if you’ve ever made any designs out of palladium? I love palladium pendants i’ve purchased quite a few from http://www.avervenus.com and wondered what your feelings on palladium are?

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  56. mark Says:

    i like the idea of this pmc i was thinking it would be good to use it to make a Bessel for a gem stone as the belly’s a irregular and put the clarws on to trap the gem so it wont get loose

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  67. Jeff Says:

    I especially love the copper/bronze affect as shown by the butterflies. Well done!

  68. Sapphire Rings Says:

    These pieces are absolutely gorgeous!

  69. Engagement Rings Says:

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  70. Handmade Jewellery Says:

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  80. yagga Says:

    Did you know that PMC was developed in response to the question of what to do with all the silver particle by products of developing photos??? pretty neat eh?

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  82. Jewellery Noob Says:

    Gorgeous pieces! I’ve just started making jewellery myself but i’m running low on inspiration and I’m struggling to get anywhere. Following your post I think a course could be the answer.

  83. Diane Brabrook Says:

    These are great. PMC is the next thing I want to try. I love your butterfly earrings.

  84. Grace Galdo Says:

    I love these! It’s inspiring me to take class too. I just found your blog today and I love it, I will add you to my favourites! I make jewellery too, I hope we can swap some tips!

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