There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to PMC! If you haven’t gotten the bug yet, you just might after seeing what is possible with this amazing medium. Rio Grande features a lot of beautiful PMC projects on our website, sometimes in written, step-by-step format, and sometimes in fun and informative PMC project videos.
The following examples are from step-by-step projects by accomplished PMC jewelers Wanaree Tanner, the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award First Place winner in the Metal Clay category, Rio Grande resident PMC expert and award-winner Yvonne M. Padilla, and Patrik Kusek, a PMC designer with over 25 years in the fashion and design industry. You can find the projects on Rio's website—you just might come away deciding you want to make them too!
That said, you also might look at these projects and be inspired to take a class! While we do not teach these specific projects in our classes, we can help take you to the next level so that you can tackle these, and many more of our projects, confidently and on your own.
If you're just beginning, Rio Grande has a few seats left in Yvonne M. Padilla’s Beginning PMC class on October 31, here in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Rio Grande. If you are ready to take your PMC skills to the next level, we also have a few seats left in Patrik Kusek’s PMC Certification Class—also here at Rio Grande—on November 1 – 3.
Let us know if you have questions about these or any of our classes, here at The Studio. Register today so you can start, or amp up, your PMC path!Comment on this article
This week, the Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA Convention 2013 is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico. OrigamiUSA will take place October 3 – 7, and Sara Jayne Cole, a PMC origami expert and guest contributor here at The Studio, will be teaching there. In anticipation of this exciting event, we are re-posting a book excerpt of Sara Jayne’s Diagonal Fold Ring project. Follow the step-by-step instructions as a great introduction to Metal Clay origami!...Read the Rest
Rio Grande offers PMC (precious metal clay) classes for the beginner as well as the advanced PMC artist. If you’re not familiar with PMC, you’ve got to check it out! This medium can be formed, rolled, carved, filed and then fired (in a kiln or with a torch). Coming up this fall, we will be offering two PMC classes in Albuquerque at Rio Grande. Join us! You’ll enhance your skills and leave the classroom wondering why you didn’t take these classes sooner....Read the Rest
“Firing is very expensive!” We hear this pretty often. Hmm . . . is it true or false? In this post, find out the truth, and find out how to figure out for yourself how much any given firing program will cost you based on your kiln, your media of choice, and your volume of work....Read the Rest
You’ve seen both kinds out there, no doubt. Kilns with firebrick interiors and kilns with ceramic fiber interiors–which is better for your metal clay work? Find out the differences between them and the benefits and drawbacks for each, based on the kind of firing you do in your studio or shop....Read the Rest
Once you’re armed with some know-how about choosing a jewelry-making kiln, making a good buying decision becomes so much easier, and you can be far more confident in your decision. In this post, we look at seven of the most important considerations to keep in mind when you’re thinking about—or shopping for—a new kiln....Read the Rest
What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Each month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Glenda Skarie, has won a $10 Rio credit, and August’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!...Read the Rest
The countdown continues…we’re just a couple of weeks away from recognizing the winners of the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award competition at JCK Las Vegas. Today, we’re catching up with metal clay artist and two-time winner Gordon K. Uyehara....Read the Rest
The Tales of the Heart Competition has proved, yet again, that the creative potential of PMC is limited only by the imagination. Sponsored by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, the competition challenged artists to create an original work of art from PMC and gave them just one constraint—every piece must incorporate a heart....Read the Rest
Andy, a self-professed “non-jeweler,” dives into a Beginning PMC class by the one and only Yvonne M. Padilla. What will he create?...Read the Rest