Precious Metal Clay
Precious Metal Clay is a specially formulated combination of microscopic particles of sliver (or gold) suspended in an organic binder to create a pliable material with a consistency similar to modeling clay. There is no actual clay in this material. Working with PMC is very similar to clay. You can use many of the same modeling tools and techniques to create a vast range of forms such as rings, earrings, pendants, and embellishments on pottery. After a PMC creation has dried, it is heated to a specific heat (as indicated for a specific material) and the binder and water is driven off yielding a dense metal. Depending on the material, this can take 10 minutes to 2 hours. The silver is .999 % pure, the gold is 24 karat. The final forms are very hard and can be sanded, soldered, colored, and polished.