Who'd have thought Joe and Shoes would make a cheeky child? I did some
cardmaking with little L in the corn exchange this morning.
12th Dec 2010, 16:33
Larger than my normal acorns - about the size of a thimble. I added a
notch and groove sort of thing onto this one to make it more secure -
fits together a bit like a teapot. This one's for sale.
Made a gem setting for this ring a friend requested with a mixture of
the pmc clay I bought and some pmc paste (mainly used to smooth off
the joins between where I soldered the setting onto the 5mm D-wire,
but also used for retexturing). I have seen a lot of people use this
stuff for doing casting type work, which is certainly what attracted
me to it but I really love just sculpting with it - those soft,
organic lines in silver are just so satisfying.
27th Nov 2010, 15:18
I have quite a few orders on at the moment so I chose to stay in last
night to get on with some. This is my first go with PMC clay, I had
some unfounded reservations about it - it's weird - like porcelain
clay that has tiny silver particles in it. When dry, you fire off the
clay and end up with just the fine silver fused together (with about a
10% shrinkage). I bought some so that I could do some requests that
would normally require casting but in the end i find sculpting much
more enjoyable to do.
The end result of PMC is good - feels harder than sheet but is
actually purer than sterling. I've been reworking with a diamond barr
to get the kind of 'cross-hatched' textured effect on the silver, like
a button illustrated maybe. I textured the apple in the same way. I
still have my reservations on the fixing as it means that off-chain
the button isn't truly a button but all my other attempts looked crass
and I am not keen on chain running through the holes, so on-chain I
think this works best.