Creating a PMC Pendant Necklace Using Our Jewellery Findings
Instead of creating jewellery with beads, this week we’ll focus on how to create a pendant necklace using metal clay and our jewellery findings that are super easy to attach. For everyone who wants to create their own silver, copper or bronze jewellery, precious metal clay (PMC) is the ideal solution! PMC is a Japanese invention made of clay and pure recycled silver. It can be moulded into whatever shape you desire and when you fire it, the clay will burn off, which just leaves the silver!
Badger balm or cooking oil
Sand paper or a nail file
A gas stovetop, a small butane torch or a kiln
Roll out the clay on a non-stick surface using test tubes and make sure it has an even thickness. You can measure the thickness by placing an equal amount of playing cards on each side of the clay as you roll. Use cooking oil or badger balm to prevent the clay from drying out too quickly and use a toothpick to make a hole for your jump ring once the piece is finished. After you’ve moulded the clay in the shape you wish, let it dry naturally for 24 hours or blow it with a hair dryer. You can also use a toaster oven for about 20 minutes to speed up the drying process. Make sure the inside is no longer damp.
Once the metal clay piece is dry, smooth the edges with sand paper or a nail file, but be careful not to break it. After this, you can either torch-fire your jewellery, use a gas stove top or a kiln. Heat it for a few minutes (2-5 minutes depending on the size) and then cool it in water for at least 20 minutes. After you take it out, you can polish it by rubbing it with a teaspoon if you wish. Attach a jump ring and a chain, and voilà, your necklace is ready!
If you’re not sure what type of chain to use, silver plated chains look amazing when you’re creating a silver coin pendant. However, black leather suede cord or ribbon can be great when you’re creating chokers or necklaces with an edgier look.
Forget silversmithing, use PMC for fashionable jewellery that’s easy to make!