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« on: April 20, 2015, 09:33:27 pm »

Well, I don't see many designs in this section, so I'll add one I did this last weekend. This is a ring I made with PMC+.



I formed the ring and let it dry, then shaped it with a file



As you can see, kind of rough still, I forgot to take another picture before I fired it.



After firing and cleaning it up

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2015, 09:51:34 pm »

Looks good!  I bet you had fun making that ring, really cool how the final product came out.   
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2015, 04:41:17 am »

Looks great. Love the design.. yes
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2015, 07:16:14 am »

That's kool.  Looks like you changed a piece of Taffy candy into metal.  Amazing stuff, metal clay.  Another thing for me to play with some day.

Just thinking.  If you formed a mold out of something like wax or wood or plastic, couldn't you stuff the soft metal clay into it, close the two halves of the mold together, and it would be like a do it yourself casting.  Its not runny like liquid is it, i thought of it more like squishy like clay so that it could be compressed in a mold to make a shape versus traditional casting where the metal is a liquid poured into the mold.

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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2015, 01:03:34 pm »

Thanks, I did enjoy working on it.
Mark, you are correct about the consistency of the clay and also about using a mold. There are lots of molds and texture sheets you can buy to speed the process along.
In fact, when I first started messing with PMC, I was used to the lost wax casting method, and carved the first few pendants in wax, then molded them with sculpey mold maker and made PMC copys...
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2015, 01:13:56 pm »

Lovely design! yes
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2015, 08:25:34 pm »

Can this PMC+ be silver soldered if you wanted to add things like bezels or sized as on the ring you did?
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2015, 04:15:43 pm »

Yes it can. Once fired, it is .999 silver and is worked just like a fabricated piece.
Alternatively, a fine silver finding or bezel can be placed and fired with the piece, since it fires at 1650 degrees, below the melting point of the fine silver finding.
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2015, 09:29:15 pm »

Case in point, this ring was made for one of my daughters, who saw it and said "nice Dad, but too big and clunky, can you make it smaller?"

Not sure if you can see the difference, but out came the Fordom and some grinding bits and a few more hours in the shop...





She was right, I got in a hurry and should have spent more time on it. Gotta please the customer, right?
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2015, 09:07:49 pm »

Wow PMC is more versatile than I knew pretty cool!
Thanks for the post!
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