On my last trip back to South Africa I spent an evening with my uncle. We looked through his collection of semi precious stones.
I learnt about the different grades and what makes some stones more valuable than others. I also saw black jade for the first time and learnt about some stones that I didn’t even know existed. At the end of the evening he gave me a peridot which is my birthstone.
Coming back to Australia I tried for months to figure out what I could do with my peridot… Then one day my friend Cindy from The World Rocks Jewellery messaged me for a catch up.
And that’s when I had a brain spark! I decided to make a pendant with precious metal clay! I’ve always wanted to work with this medium and Cindy was the perfect person to help me!
Spending the day with Cindy I learnt so much about this fabulous material.
Here are my 5 favourite fun facts about Precious Metal Clay (PMC):
- Japan developed Silver Metal Clay in the 1990’s.
- It’s a powdered metal mixed with water and a non-toxic, organic binder. It feels and molds like normal clay but when you you fire it turns into pure metal!
- You can get different kinds of metal clay like gold and bronze. But silver has been around the longest (It’s what I used to make my pendant.)
- Silver PMC has a much higher silver content (.999) compared to sterling silver (.925)
- The best part is it’s made from reclaimed silver. From waste liquids and films collected from hospitals and photographic studios.
What I made
I wanted an organic shaped pendant. I finally decided to use a tomato leaf 🙂 Inspired by all the gardening I was doing.
I really enjoyed working with PMC and yes I would definitely do it again. I love how it’s so hands on and you get your hands dirty!
I don’t think it will be a craft I’d invest in full time but I do see a small collection brewing!
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