Silver Clay (PMC) is new material for the new millennium. Mitsubishi Corporation has developed this new material using precious metal in incredibly small particles, an organically based, non-toxic binder, and water. The result is a soft workable material that can be shaped like clay and fired. During firing, the binder burns off and the metal particles fuse to become pure silver. Unlike earlier versions of this product, silver PMC+ and PMC3 only shrink 10% during firing. The range of textures is infinite. Stones can be set in the clay and fired in place.
In addition to making jewellery and small sculptures, PMC can be used to accent pottery and porcelain dolls. The possibilities are endless. PMC is easy to use and eliminates the need to purchase many costly jewellers' tools. Silver Clay can be fired in a programmable kiln or with such simple tools as a blow torch and soldering pad.
The three versions each have special properties and are called Original, PMC+ and PMC3. Each of the types of clay also comes in various forms, used for various applications. These are:
• Lump Clay
• Syringe form
• Paste or slip
The applications for the product are obviously jewellery. Ceramists and polymer clay artists also gravitate to PMC as do doll makers, beaders and artists who work with glass