How to Make a Silver Clay Ring using Precious Metal Clay
Precious metal clay (PMC) was developed in Japan in the 1990s as a malleable, easy to use product that produced fine quality precious metal results.
PMC is a combination of binders and fine material particles that creates a material with the same properties as modelling clay, but can be fired to
produce a solid metal object. Utilised throughout jewellery making, precious metal clay has revolutionised the creative market, allowing both
professional jewellery makers and hobbyists alike to create their own, finely worked jewellery.
Ideal for almost any application, silver clay (PMC is also available in gold) is an ideal way to make intricate silver findings, silver beads or even silver
rings. Making a clasp finding or ring is basically the same process and involves some specialist equipment, but nothing that is beyond the reach of
most competent hobby jewellery makers. Modern silver clay can be fired in a conventional oven, although if you are serious about using PMC in your
jewellery making it may be wise to invest in a small kiln where the firing temperature can be more accurately controlled. Firing temperature for the clay
is around 1500 degrees F and takes around 10 minutes depending on the nature of the clay and the design. Although precious metal clay does still
suffer from a certain degree of shrinkage once fired, the modern versions of PMC are far less prone to this problem than the earlier forms of the clay. If
you are working with smaller pieces, a kiln or oven can be replaced with a jeweller's gas torch and the heat applied directly to the clay to achieve the
Because of its malleable properties, precious metal clay is ideal for making patterned objects that would otherwise require casting or engraving to
achieve the same effect. The clay takes a â€˜transfer' pattern extremely well - by simply pressing a patterned surface into the clay a unique texture
can be achieved, even on the smallest of PMC beads or silver findings. Once fired, the