Start by etching on polymer (tear away technique) to make your own texturing tools for PMC.
We’ll be working with two types of PMC: The original PMC Sterling will allow us to fire diamonds in place, as this clay needs a carbon firing. The new alloy, sterling 960 (please see my blog for details) offers many of the advantages of PMC Sterling (stronger, longer open working time, etc) without having to fire it in carbon.
You’ll learn the basics of working with these two types of PMC Sterling while exploring many different ring designs: seamless rings, overlapping, washer style rings, pierced “openwork’ rings, carved & whittled rings and rings with diamonds fired in place. You'll also learn how to keum-boo 24k gold to Sterling PMC (gold foil will be available for purchase or you may bring your own).
Other jewelry appropriate for Sterling PMC will be discussed including hinges and lightweight hollow forms.
Firing will be thoroughly demonstrated.
The class cost is $495.
The Material Fee is $115.
The material fee includes supplies and consumables, several packages of polymer clay, Teflon, brass and copper wire and sheet, sterling wire, copies (for tear away), Celie's demo materials (PMC, polymer, precious metals), finishing materials, including sand papers for PMC and polymer, patina supplies, studio rent, studio prep, administrative costs, and handouts. Also included are many tools and supplies for you to use including a glass work surface, glass palettes, and a desk lamp.
I suggest you budget approximately 2-4 packs of PMC (1-2 each of PMC3 and PMC Sterling 25grams) for this class.
A list of local lodging choices will be sent upon registration.
A material list will be sent in July.
The class will be capped at 9 people.
TO REGISTER: E-mail me first to make sure there is a spot in the class. (If you've already emailed me, your spot is secure.) Then send a check for $610. by July 1st. This is non-refundable, unless a replacement can be found, in which case your refund would be the tuition minus a $50 registration fee. Please e-mail me if you would like to split the tuition into two payments.