What does PMC mean on jewelry?

What does PMC mean on jewelry?

Jewelry Metals Learn more. Precious metal clay (or PMC) is just what it sounds like: fine silver or gold ground extremely small and suspended in a binder to create clay. Just like what you played with as a kid. For novice jewelry makers, learning to create with precious metal clay is easy.

Is PMC real silver?

Legally, any piece made exclusively from PMC can be stamped “. 999 fine silver.” After firing, precious metal clay is pure silver, and requires no further explanation. (Federal law also requires that anything stamped with a fineness mark – fine silver, sterling, 24k gold, etc.

What is PMC Sterling?

PMC Sterling™ is sterling silver in the form of a soft and malleable clay. It has all of the working properties of a soft clay when moist. It handles beautifully and stays moist longer than any of the other silver clay products.

How do I make a PMC ring?

How To Make A PMC Ring

  1. Measure out the size of your PMC ring.
  2. Add 15% to your original measurement.
  3. Roll out your precious metal clay.
  4. Cut the clay.
  5. Leave your ring to dry.
  6. Tidy edges and neaten cut-outs.
  7. Now you’re ready for the firing process.
  8. Brush and polish.

What are PMC rings?

PMC [Precious Metal Clay] is a unique form of silver, gold, bronze, or copper that allows jewelry designers to form and sculpt metal by hand.

Who invented PMC?

metallurgist Masaki Morikawa
Precious Metal Clay (PMC) PMC was developed in the early 1990s in Japan by metallurgist Masaki Morikawa.

Does PMC silver tarnish?

As well as wearing PMC charms all day every day, not even taking them off to dye my hair let alone shower, they remain tarnish free and the PMC failures in my scrap pot are similarly free from tarnish.

How is PMC made?

Precious Metal Clay (PMC) As a solid-phase sintered product of a precious metal powder used to form a precious metal article, the material consists of microscopic particles of pure silver or fine gold and a water-soluble, non-toxic, organic binder that burns off during firing.

Can you fire PMC Sterling with a torch?

You will need a temperature controlled kiln such as an Evenheat or Paragon kiln, a steel firing pan with lid and activated carbon granules. PMC Sterling cannot be torch fired.

Can you solder PMC to sterling silver?

The copper in the sterling will make it really hard to solder fired PMC to sterling. By depletion gilding, you are left with a layer of fine silver on the sterling which will really easily solder to the PMC (and you don’t have to use lots of solder!)

How much is silver clay for a ring?

Type of Jewellery Size / Thickness How much clay
Pendant 1p size (or 2cm) / 3 cards 2 – 3g
Earrings for studs 5p size (or 1.7cm) / 3 cards 1.5 – 2 g EACH
Earrings for dangles 1p size (or 2cm) / 3 cards 2 – 3g EACH
Simple band ring 56mm (length of band), 3mm (width of band) / 5 cards thick 7 – 8g