In this very special advanced PMC Master workshop, students will be immersed into the wonders of Precious Metal Clay through a series of projects presented by Barbara Becker Simon.
DAY ONE: PMC CLASPS
You won’t believe how easy it is to create clasps and findings with Precious Metal Clay, Sterling wire, fine silver wire and Argentium wire. Take your jewelry to a new level by customizing findings to coordinate with your designs. Barbara Becker Simon will introduce students to a variety of clasps and closures. Students will learn to make and fire several types of clasps in this workshop and are encouraged to bring their own clasp ideas and questions.
This class will cover: Using pliers properly, manipulating wire, implanting wire in PMC, firing procedures and proper finishing techniques.
NOTE TO METALSMITHS: These techniques are a valuable way to build creative closures for metalsmiths to use in their own work that would only be available through casting or computer aided design-CAD. These PMC clasps could be used as quick and easy prototypes for molding or casting, if desired.
DAY TWO AND THREE: THE PMC MALTESE CROSS
Barbara Becker Simon will guide students through each step of the process-demonstrating her effective techniques for building this classic symbol of The Maltese Cross out of PMC. It’s romantic origins are in the medieval Crusades and the Knights of Malta. In it’s traditional form, there are four arms which radiate symmetrically from a central point. Students will apply many new skills to construct a stunning pendant that has an “Old World” charm. Barbara’s interpretation of this pendant will manipulate the design and give it a modern twist.
Each student will design and decorate the PMC according to his/her own choices. This pendant is in small scale to allow it to be completed in 2 days. Students will create and dry components and then assemble them to build the pendants. After firing, students will use a bit of “engineering” to embellish the piece with pearls. The result will be a unique and complex pendant. Make one for yourself and then go home and make more to sell and to give as exciting gifts!
These crosses can be made in a variety of ways and Barbara will share her own inspiration and ways she has created these crosses using other beads. **Students in this workshop will make this pendant with pearls.
DAY FOUR: PMC DONUT BEAD WITH KEUM BOO
Barbara Becker Simon will expertly guide students in the proper way to make a striking donut bead using a pre-made form which will be provided in class. Students will make an impressive project in either a round or triangular shape and discover secrets to advanced dry construction procedures and finishing techniques. Students will texture and then learn the basic techniques in laying 24 Kt gold onto the PMC bead.