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|Each piece of silver PMC designed and handmade by artist. These two charm bracelets were inspired by the Toulouse the Moose children’s storybook (www.toulousethemoose.com) Each jump ring has been soldered.|
|Cat pendant||Horse stick pin||Cliff Swallow pendant|
|Hummingbird necklace very delicate. Small hand strung garnet beads strand added to the silver PMC design.|
|PMC translated is precious metal clay either with silver, copper, or bronze. Once you have made your design it’s fired in a kiln then finishing touches, soldering bales, polishing etc.
If you want to learn how to work with PMC you may contact my instructor,Katharina Stute, 949-364-6905
This technique is called Repousse (should be an accent grave over the last “e”). A French word literally meaning, “to push back.” This is a method of pushing, hammering from the back side of the copper metal sheet creating a relief of my design. The copper has been annealed or softened and made malleable in order to be able to hammer my design, impressions and is supported by a bowl of pitch. After many hammerings with special small metal tools (some that I made) the molecular structure of the copper begins to harden and annealing is needed to soften the copper again by applying heat. It’s a long process and the more intricate the design more time invested. The reverse of repousse is called “chasing” it’s the same process but working from the front side which I also applied to this piece. It gave me a great deal of appreciation for the work I have seen in museums. This was my first attempt at it. Everything you see has been hand crafted. I stamped the leather design, I soldered the copper pegs holding the piece inside the shadow box as well as the copper balls on each corner of the copper piece. I look forward to doing more. If you are interested in taking Katharina Stute’s class, you may call her at 949-364-6905.