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My adventure with PMC Pro
PMC Pro was introduce to us during the 2010 PMC Conference at Perdue.
I remember being in the auditorium and listening to Tim McCreight talked about this new incredible type of clay. Everybody was so excited to play with it, but to be honest with you; I was not. It was confusing to understand what type of silver it was, they were not saying a lot about the formula. The only thing we knew was that it was the strongest clay in the market because it was an allow of silver and other metal(copper.)
This new clay is an alloy of 90% Silver and 10% Copper. The clay must be fired in activated carbon inside a stainless steel container. PMC Pro shrinks 15-20%.
After reading about the experience of working with this clay from wonderful artists like Lora Hart and Catherine Davies Paetz, I decided I have to give this clay a chance. I can never say I do not like something I have not try yet !!
Because this clay is much stronger I though making a ring will be the best option.
The color of PMC Pro is darker than any other type of PMC. I noticed the clay does not dry as fast as any other type of PMC.
I made a very long coil of clay to start forming my ring, because of the bigger shrinkage factor in this new clay, I went 4 sizes bigger.
When I was forming the coil I noticed the clay is not as smooth as the PMC3 (this is the type of clay I use to create my work), it takes more time to make the coil but the clay does not dry as fast as PMC3.
While my ring band was drying in the candle warmer, I continued with my next step.
I hand sculpted a rose that I will be adding later in the ring. Hand forming the rose was easy, I did not have any problems at all.
When the clay was dry I started to carve it, most of my work has carving and I wanted to see how this clay works. I usually carve PMC3 and I really like how easy it is to do it. PMC Pro was also easy, I did notice the clay to be not as soft as PMC3 when I was carving it.