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Updated on January 03, 2017
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Margaret Schindel is a jewelry artist and internationally known expert on metal clay techniques. PMC certified in 2006 by Celie Fago.

An introduction to precious metal clay (PMC, Art Clay Silver and Gold, etc.) for jewelry making by Margaret Schindel
An introduction to precious metal clay (PMC, Art Clay Silver and Gold, etc.) for jewelry making by Margaret Schindel | Source

Precious Metal Clay - Gold and Silver Jewelry You Can Design and Create Yourself!

Are you interested in working with precious metal clay (PMC, Art Clay Silver, PMC Gold, Art Clay Gold, Aura 22, etc.) or in buying jewelry or other items created with metal clay? This page will introduce you to this remarkable jewelry making material and my recommendations for some of the best metal clay artists, teachers, projects, resources and information available online.

What Is Gold or Silver Precious Metal Clay?

Gold or silver metal clay is made up of particles of precious metal — pure silver or gold or a precious metal alloy such as sterling silver or 22k gold — held together with water and an organic binder to give it a malleable, clay-like consistency that can be impressed with texture, carved, sculpted, drilled, sawn and manipulated with various other methods and techniques to arrive at the desired form and texture.

The precious metal clay object is allowed to air dry naturally or is dried with a dehydrator or applied heat, such as a cup warmer, to allow the water to evaporate. Once dried, the metal clay jewelry or other decorative or functional object is fired at a high temperature with a torch or in a kiln, during which time any remaining traces of water evaporate and the binder combusts and burns off. What is left is just the precious metal, either fine silver (.999 silver, which is 99.9% silver), sterling silver (which is 92.5% silver) or 22K gold. PMC Pro, which is 90% silver and 10% copper (.900 silver), is considered coin silver and is not strictly a precious metal, although it is branded by Mistubishi as PMC (Precious Metal Clay). Both PMC Pro and sterling silver clay need to be fired in activated carbon to prevent oxidation from forming during the firing process that would prevent sintering or fusing of the metal particles. You can also mix equal parts of fine silver and sterling silver clay to get enriched sterling clay, AKA 960 sterling (which is .960 silver).

Metal clay—both precious metal clay and base metal clay types and formulas—allows the artist extraordinary creativity because it can be formed into nearly any shape you desire. It can be molded, shaped by hand, cut, extruded via syringe, painted onto a form, and more. It can be embedded with certain natural and synthetic gemstones (either faceted or cabochon stones) and settings can be created for gems and other stones that cannot withstand the heat needed to fire the metal clay and need to be set after firing. This particular lens will focus on precious metal clay. To learn more about bronze metal clay, please visit my comprehensive articles on BRONZclay, BRONZclay Tools and Supplies and Bronze Metal Clay.

As a certified PMC artist, handcrafted jewelry designer and Senior Editor and Technical Editor of Metal Clay Artist Magazine (now Cre8tiveFire online), I have done a great deal of personal experimentation and research on metal clay. I have gathered and exchanged ideas and information with some of the world's top metal clay artists, teachers, authors and suppliers. I'm sharing the majority of this information in my series of metal clay articles here on HubPages (formerly on Squidoo) as a way of giving back to the metal clay community, which includes some of the most knowledgeable, supportive and generous people it has been my privilege to know.

~ Margaret Schindel

Instructor Cindy Pankopf Answers,"What Is Metal Clay?"

Silver and Gold Metal Clay Brands, Formulas, and Forms

There are two dominant brands of gold and silver precious metal clay, Art Clay and PMC, and several new brands of silver have been introduced, including FYI silver, MetalMagic and Aussie Metal Clays. Metal Clay Brands and Formulas describes the precious metal products from Art Clay and PMC, including the key similarities and differences between formulas, comparable vs. unique products and formulas, and the key characteristics and most suitable uses of each.

Forms of Metal Clay: Lump, Slip, Syringe and Paper

Silver and gold metal clay comes in four basic forms: lump clay, syringe clay, slip AKA paste, and paper AKA sheet. Forms of Metal Clay describes the key characteristics of these four different forms and the typical/most suitable uses for each of them.

In general, it's best to use the densest form of clay you can (i.e., the one with the highest metal content/lowest shrinkage) for the application you're using it for. Lump clay is densest, very thick slip (AKA paste) is the next most dense, followed by syringe and then thin slip. So for attachments or repairs, in particular, while many artists use syringe, using thin snakes of lump clay will provide stronger joins.

Some of the basic metal clay tools and supplies.
Some of the basic metal clay tools and supplies. | Source

Metal Clay Materials, Tools, Supplies and Equipment

Very little in the way of tools, supplies and equipment are needed to begin working with precious metal clay. Basically you need a smooth, flat, non-porous work surface, such as a sheet of window glass (not automotive glass) or a smooth, glazed porcelain tile, a piece of smooth nonstick sheet, some plastic wrap, a cup of water, a synthetic bristle paint brush, a clay roller (you can use anything from a commercial clay roller to a 6" to 9" length of brass tubing or PVC pipe), an appropriate lubricant (I prefer olive oil), some rolling spacers (playing cards, strips of card stock, etc.), something to cut with (a craft knife, pin tool, or even a sewing needle glued firmly into a handle, such as baked and drilled polymer clay or even a wine cork), something to fire your pieces with with (for small-to-medium sized pieces of fine silver metal clay that aren't too thick, a simple butane kitchen torch will do just fine; for larger, thicker and/or very dimensional pieces or pieces made from sterling silver or coin silver clay formulas you'll need an electric kiln with a programmable controller), and something to fire on (a firebrick or a piece of Solderite board set on a heatproof and flameproof surface if you are torch firing, or a kiln shelf if you are kiln firing).

While you can do quite a bit with just these basic tools, supplies and equipment, if you decide you love working with metal clay you'll no doubt want to add to these to give you more options. For a comprehensive look at what else you might want, my guide to Metal Clay Materials, Tools, Supplies and Equipment provides my personal recommendations for the elements of a well stocked, basic metal clay tool kit as well as supplemental items that you may want to add over time to allow you to use specific techniques or work faster, easier, more efficiently and more effectively.

Fine silver kimono charm by Margaret Schindel. Made from PMC metal clay with 24k gold keum-boo on the obi and an iridescent LOS patina, suspended from a sterling silver jump ring.
Fine silver kimono charm by Margaret Schindel. Made from PMC metal clay with 24k gold keum-boo on the obi and an iridescent LOS patina, suspended from a sterling silver jump ring. | Source

PMC and Art Clay Silver (and Other Metal Clay) Workshops, Specialty Classes and Certification Classes - Finding an instructor, class, workshop or certification

As metal clay grows in popularity, there are more and more opportunities to take classes of all kinds. You may want to start by checking your local adult education programs and bead shops - many now offer affordably-priced classes and workshops in metal clay.

Many metal clay artists are also instructors, and most provide class schedules on their sites See my lists of recommended Metal Clay Artists and Metal Clay Instructors, below, for some of my favorites.

Online Classes

There are several excellent sources of online metal clay classes, including CraftArtEdu, CRAFTCAST and Craftsy. One of the benefits of taking an online class is that you can go at your own pace. Even live online classes, such as those on CRAFTCAST, come with video recordings of the class that you can download and refer to again and again. So any time you need a refresher, you can take one - in your pajamas, if you want. ;) Nearly all online classes also come with downloadable handouts.

If you would like to get a sneak peek into what an online class is like, I invite you to check out my in-depth review of Patrik Kusek's online class on Craftsy, "Silver Metal Clay: Adding Stones & Dimension".

Certification Classes

You don't need to be officially certified to teach metal clay classes, and you can benefit enormously from going through the certification training even if you never intend to teach.

If you have some metal clay experience and can afford to take one or more certification classes, I encourage you to do so. Certification training costs several hundred dollars per class, but most certified metal clay artisans agree that the quality of the instruction they received and the new techniques they learned were well worth the investment in their education.

Art Clay World and PMC Connection sponsor metal clay certifications and offer highly structured training programs in which students must complete successfully a series of projects designed to develop and demonstrate proficiency in specific skills and techniques. Rio Grande has discontinued its Rio Rewards certification program.

Each of the companies use different curricula, and each offers discounts to certified artisans (but certification by one company does not entitle you to discounts from either of the other two). Art Clay World divides its certification into Level One and Senior Level curricula. PMC Connection has Level I, Level II and Level III certifications, and although you are not required to take all three classes, the prior level(s) must be completed as a prerequisite for taking Levels II and III.

Both companies' certification programs have excellent reputations, are limited in size to ensure that each student receives individual attention, and are taught by some of the foremost metal clay experts in the world, including Jackie Truty, Gordon Uyehara, Lorrene Davis, Pam East, Lora Hart, Katie Baum, Janet Alexander, Cindy Pankopf, Lisa Pavelka, Delia Marsellos-Traister, Kris Kramer and other well-known and widely-respected metal clay artists and instructors.

Most of the techniques you learn in a PMC certification class will apply to Art Clay Silver, and vice versa. Choose the certification class whose curriculum, cost, timing and/or location meets your needs best.

The Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery in the UK also has an acclaimed, brand-neutral Diploma in Silver Metal Clay Proficiency program that is far more comprehensive than any of the metal clay certification programs and incorporates traditional jewelry making skills to provide a thorough, professional grounding and credential.

Here are some good places to find metal clay classes near you, from beginner workshops to certification class schedules, from both US certifying organizations to the MCSJ Diploma courses.

Fine silver lentil bead from PMC3 textured with tear-away textures, embellished with 24k gold foil using the keum-boo technique and colored with an iridescent liver of sulfur patina.
Fine silver lentil bead from PMC3 textured with tear-away textures, embellished with 24k gold foil using the keum-boo technique and colored with an iridescent liver of sulfur patina. | Source

Professional Metal Clay Guilds and Organizations

Prior to discontinuing its operations after the June 2012 PMC Conference, the PMC Guild was the official professional and educational organization for Mitsubishi's PMC (Precious Metal Clay) products. Art Clay World is the equivalent organization for Aida's Art Clay products. Now that the PMC Guild has ceased operations and Art Clay World announced that it no longer will be sponsoring a biennial Metal Clay World Conference, the metal clay education and conference landscape is changing.

Two artist-run biennial conferences focus on techniques and sharing of best practices and take place on alternating years. Metal Clay Mojo takes place in odd years (e.g., 2015) and Metal Clay by the Bay takes place in even years (e.g., 2016).

Great Metal Clay Information and Education Resources

These are sites I personally recommend to learn more about working with metal clay.

Recommended Metal Clay Suppliers - My favorite suppliers of metal clay and related materials, tools, supplies and equipment

The vast majority of these sites are ones I've personally done business with and can recommend without reservation.

There also are a few international suppliers with whom I have not done business personally, but whose sites are easy to use, helpful, and offer good product selections, and that are run by people whose knowledge and experience I respect.

Metal Clay Artists

Be Inspired by the Work of Some of the World's Top Metal Clay Artists

There are many, many incredibly talented and creative metal clay artists around the globe whose work I admire, far too many for me to be able to list on this page, unfortunately. (I wish I could include them all!) Following are links to the work of a representative selection of some of my favorite metal clay jewelry artists that will provide you with eye candy and inspiration.

  • Jackie Truty
    Jackie is an Art Clay Master Instructor and the President of Art Clay World, USA. Her books "Art Clay Silver and Gold" (and its companion video) and "Metal Clay: The Complete Guide" are terrific. She has been featured on numerous television programs. (Please use the "Art Clay World - class descriptions, instructors and calendar" link above to find Jackie's classes.)

Metal Clay Instructors

There are so many wonderfully gifted metal clay instructors around the world that I wish I had space to list them all! Since I can't, following are links to just some of the best and most respected metal clay teachers, in alphabetical order.

Metal Clay Projects

There are an increasing number of metal clay projects online. Many of them are free! However, some are better than others.

Here are some of my favorite metal clay projects for you to try. Whether you're a beginner looking for a quick and easy first project or an intermediate or advanced metal clay artist, you will find a project appropriate to your skill level. Enjoy!

Some of My Other Metal Clay Articles Online

This article is part of an extensive series of guides to metal clay I've written. Together, they form a comprehensive online library of reliable metal clay information that serve as a valuable resource and reference for metal clay artists and instructors worldwide. Here are a few more helpful articles on metal clay techniques, working methods and recommended products.

© 2006 Margaret Schindel

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for your lovely compliment! I'm delighted to have introduced you to this wonderful material.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I had not heard of this before, it's very interesting and such a complete lens on the subject, brilliant.

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      @grannysage: Thanks so much, Diane! That's really lovely and much appreciated! I'm off to take a loop at your copper enameling lens. That's something I've long wanted to try myself! :)

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      I decided to add this very informative lens about your special artform to my own copper enameling lens related lens section. I like that you referred to it as alchemy in a comment below. I feel that way about enameling too.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! I'm delighted that you you're finding the information in this lens valuable. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful site, with unbelievable useful information all in one location - the best I've come across so far. Thank you for all your hard work - it is much appreciated and you are now added to my favourites.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Wow! I never realized that you could make real silver or gold jewelry this way! I thought it just looked that way!!!

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      @SusanDeppner: Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback, Susan! Much appreciated. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm with AstroGremlin - learned something very new here today. What an amazing resource!

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      @AstroGremlin: Thanks so much! I'm delighted that you found it so interesting. :)

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      Had no idea what precious metal clay was until now. What a fantastic compendium of information.

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      BlogsWriter 4 years ago

      This is full of information and very interesting.

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      This is full of information and very interesting.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @tonybonura: Thanks, Tony! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. :)

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I found this to be very interesting and very informative. When I was a mud engineer I worked with bentonite, but it is nothing like what you have described here.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @miaponzo: I'm so glad you found it interesting! Many thanks for the SquidAngel blessing. :)

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Thank you for this informative lens! Blessed!

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      @WriterJanis2: Thank you so much for your kind words and your blessings!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens that deserves a blessing.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: My pleasure! I'm delighted that you found this lens interesting. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Okay, so now I know exactly where I will turn if I ever try my hands at this technique. Thank you!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @wecomparebooks: Thanks very much for the lovely compliment! :)

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      wecomparebooks 4 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      @karMALZEKE: You're very welcome! I'm glad you found it useful. :)

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      karMALZEKE 4 years ago

      I have just recently learned about metal clay. Thank you for this lens; it is most helpful and informative!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @GOT LM: Thanks! I'm so glad to have been able to introduce you to metal clay. :)

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      GOT LM 4 years ago

      So unique and interesting!

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      sabrinadeceault 4 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: No problem. I'm glad to share. :)

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      sabrinadeceault 4 years ago

      @sabrinadeceault: My comment was broken so here is the fixed version. Sorry.

      Metal Clay Supply is awesome I have purchased many things from there and will continue to do so.

      Thanks,

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @sabrinadeceault: Thanks for sharing your experience with them, Sabrina. They are among my favorite suppliers, too. :)

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      sabrinadeceault 4 years ago

      Metal Clay Supply is awesome I have purchased many things from there and will continue to do so.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: Wow, Dana, what a fabulous compliment! Thank you SO much! I really appreciate it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Margaret, you have brought all of your ferocious attention to detail, passion for beauty, and love of teaching to this new world! Great stuff.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Demaw: Thank you so much for your very kind compliments! They're much appreciated.

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      Demaw 5 years ago

      Lovely pieces, lovely pictures.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @tvyps: Thank you SO much for your lovely compliment and for blessing this lens! I have done a little lampworked glass and would love to try some glass fusing, especially with dichroic glass (my favorite!).

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Nice stuff! Very pretty. Do you do art glass also? Squid Angel blessed!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @getmoreinfo: Thanks for the lovely feedback! I invite you to visit my entire series of metal clay and jewelry making lenses at https://hubpages.com/art/metal-clay-and-jewelry-ma... for more useful metal clay tips and techniques. :)

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      This is a very useful resource, I have been wanting to add some precious metal pieces in my cardmaking designs. I will add this page to my collection.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @earthybirthymum: Thanks very much! It's true that this is not an inexpensive material, but it does allow you to make precious metal jewelry without a lot of traditional metal smithing skills, and more importantly it allows you to do things that would be difficult or even impossible with milled metals (wire and sheet metal). The good news is that there are base metal clays now that are far less expensive than silver clay! Most of them need to be fired in activated carbon and they are more finicky about their firing schedules than silver clay, but you can create some fabulous metal jewelry with them at a very reasonable cost. Check out my lens on Original BRONZclay (www.squidoo.com/bronzclay) for more information, and consider trying FASTfire BRONZclay for easier handling and a faster firing cycle. :)

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nice Lense, congratulations on your purple star! I've used PMC before, I'm not as enthusiastic about it, mostly because of the expense, but it is a medium I do enjoy working with.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @WindyWintersHubs: Wendy, I truly appreciate your congratulations, your kind compliments on my jewelry designs, your good wishes and your SquidAngel blessing. Many thanks!

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star! Your jewelry designs are quite fashionable and elegantly designed. Best Wishes with your designs! Blessed!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @mochimo: It has been available in the USA since 1996 (and a few years earlier in Japan, where it was invented), but it didn't become well known or accepted as a legitimate, professional jewelry making material until the past five years or so. Now more and more jewelry artists are adding it to their repertoire of fine jewelry materials and techniques! :)

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      mochimo 5 years ago

      WoW.. I don't know there is a precious metal clay before

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @TheBaseballCoach: Thanks very much - glad you found it interesting!

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      TheBaseballCoach 5 years ago

      Very informative lens.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @BebesBaubles: Thanks so much for your wonderful compliment! Glad you're enjoying the lens. :)

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      BebesBaubles 5 years ago

      Love the texture and pattern in your work! And this lens is impressive!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @melodypierson: Great quote, Melody! :)

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      melodypierson 5 years ago

      I heard a great line from Bruce Springsteen from a documentary. It pertained to writing songs but I think it works for any creative endeavour. "There's artistic instinct and artistic intelligence and hopefully over the years the two grow together..."

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Gayleybob: Hi Gayle! Thanks so much for visiting my lens and for letting me know how much you enjoyed it! I really appreciate it. See you on the WLW SSC! :)

      Margaret

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Gayleybob: Hi Gayle! Thanks so much for visiting my lens and for letting me know how much you enjoyed it! I really appreciate it. See you on the WLW SSC! :)

      Margaret

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      Gayleybob 5 years ago

      Hi Margaret, from WLW Sunday Social Circle. I'm Gayle. I love your lens! Great info. Thank you for doing this!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @MamaBelle: Thanks! It's pretty addictive. :)

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      Francis Luxford 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Cool stuff, I'd like some of this myself.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Close2Art LM: Thank you! :)

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      thumbs up

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @samsarah: It's a fabulous skill to have! You can start with the books and DVDs I've recommended in this lens, but if at all possible, it's best to take a class to get you started. You'll save in wasted clay what you spend on the class fee. Have fun!

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      samsarah 5 years ago

      I'd really like to learn how to make jewelry!!!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @akumar46 lm: Thanks very much! :)

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      akumar46 lm 5 years ago

      Very nice lens on Metal Clay.Thanks.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: Thanks, Melody! I'll definitely check it out. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: If you're interested you can see the blog I write for MetalClayToday. I'm a guest blogger... check for http://www.metalclaytoday.com click on BLOG...and you shall find me with all my questions and mistakes and near misses..: ) So glad to have found you.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: Hi Melody, I'm delighted that you're finding my lenses on metal clay to be helpful to you! I wished there had been something like this available to help me when I first started working with metal clay, which is exactly why I decided to create these lenses as resources as I started to accumulate more knowledge about various MC topics. And I'm always happy to help if there's a question I can answer. Thank you very much for your very kind and supportive feedback! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As a newbie with Metal Clay (about a year and a half) someone recommended your pages here and I must say, I wish I knew about it when I was starting it out. The metal clay online community is so helpful and now I can add another great person to go to when I have a question.

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @fpJewl: Thanks so much! I'm really excited about it and truly appreciate your kind comment. :)

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      fpJewl 6 years ago

      Congratulations Margaret! Great to see your hard work rewarded with a purple star!

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @dahlia369: Thank you so much for your blessing and for featuring this lens on your "My Life with Angel Wings" lens!!! I'm so glad you found this information interesting and useful. It's part of a series of more than a dozen lenses (so far) about metal clay, with more in the works. I'm very grateful for your kind words!

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      I have never heard of a precious metal clay before but I sure am a big fan of unique jewelry. Tons of useful information and resources on your lens, well deserved purple star and now also ***blessed*** and featured on "My Life with Angel Wings" lens. Congratulations!! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Special craft of using metals and art design, well deserved purple star.

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @wildlens: Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback! I'm so glad I was able to provide the information you were looking for. I've published more than a dozen metal clay-related lenses on Squidoo, with more coming soon. I invite you to take a look, as I think you might find them helpful as well. Happy new year and thanks again for the kind feedback!

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      wildlens 6 years ago

      Wonderful and very informative lens. I will surely reread it many many times - I was looking for something just like this. Thank you!

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @jnstewart: Thank you very much for the lovely compliment. I hope you enjoy this wonderful medium as much as I do!

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      John Norman Stewart 6 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Amazing and informative lens. I plan to try this medium soon. Thanks for your efforts.

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @SofiaMann: Thanks so much, Sofia! I appreciate your lovely compliment and your kind feedback.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      You have beautiful designs. Congratulations. Nice lens.

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @RebeccaE: Thank you so much, Rebecca! I really appreciate your kind compliment! :)

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      RebeccaE 6 years ago

      a great reasource and a wonderful lens

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Aquavel: Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! I'm truly delighted that my lens has inspired you to take another look at getting started with metal clay. Please take a look at my other lenses, too - I've written a dozen of them about various aspects of working with metal clay, and I think you'll find them helpful! And thanks for the lovely compliment on my metal clay jewelry. Much appreciated!

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      This is such a wonderful resource. I've wanted to work with metal clay for some time now. About 12 years ago I was playing with fimo and making earrings and miniature figures. Someone I knew was working in precious metal clay and I wanted to try it and take a class in it. I even looked into the prospect of getting a small kiln. I remember having my husband check the power in the garage to see if it would work there. But then I got sidetracked and started doing digital art. You're lens has me thinking about trying PMC. If I do, I'll be referring to your lens time and again! And your jewelry is stunning!

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @myraggededge: Thank you so much! You've definitely made my day! :)

      Metal clay is an amazing material. I was reading your fantastic Zentangle lens earlier today and thinking that when I get some "tangles" I really like, I might turn them into texture sheets (tear-away textures, photopolymer plates, etc.) to use for texturing metal clay.

      Thanks again for your wonderful compliments and for your gracious blessing. All are greatly appreciated!

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      Fantastic resource. Coincidentally I read about metal clay yesterday and I hadn't even heard of it before. Love your jewelry.

      Blessed by a Squid angel :-)

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @SofiaMann: Thanks so much, Sofia! I really appreciate your kind words. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @chevy-camaro-tv: Thanks so much for the wonderful compliment! You're right, it's pretty time- and effort-consuming to put together my metal clay lenses (there are now more than a dozen!), but it's a real labor of love, and getting supportive feedback from people like you makes it all worthwhile. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: Hi Candice! I apologize for being so late in responding. Thanks very much for the 5-star rating! :) I hope you're able to find the time and money to start working with metal clay again soon.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Really amazing. Great lens. Congratulations.

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @DavidNemeth: Hi David, thanks for the lovely compliment. I've just added your site to the list of suppliers in this site. :)

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      DavidNemeth 6 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: Fantastic resource. Going to feature it in my lens. You might want to add www.metalclays.com to your resource. They are one of the only local suppliers for Israel but sell in US as well.

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      chevy-camaro-tv 6 years ago

      Wow, this lens is truly awesome. I can't imagine the amount of effort it took to create it. Keep up the good work.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      5 Stars! :) I took a PMC jewelry making class and loved it. Now if I could only find the time and money to get started with it on my own.

      - Candice of Artsy * Tartsy * Jewels

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      Margaret Schindel 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      [in reply to zenna] Hi! You'll find a long list of UK suppliers as well as suppliers in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands in my Metal Clay Tools and Supplies lens at http://www.squidoo.com/metal-clay-tools. Hope that helps!

      Margaret

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very useful, but I have difficulty finding a supplier shipping to Europe. Help!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm bouncing! I'm so excited to have found your site. I love all the information in ONE PLACE!

      THANK YOU!!!

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      Griggs 8 years ago

      What a terrific resource about metal clay! Incredibly comprehensive. Love the rest of your metal clay lenses, too!

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      dtbs 8 years ago

      interesting lens! thanks for sharing this info! please check mine out at----------------> Kava Kava.

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      DazzlingDesigns 8 years ago

      Another great 5-Star lens creating jewelry with PMC. I'm going to see if I can incorporate it into my designs. Please feel free to stop by my Unique Handmade Jewelry lens.

      Thanks,

      Donia

      Handmade Beaded Jewelry Gallery

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      Stephene 9 years ago

      I like your lense very much.. i hv bookmarked this lense and joined your fan club.. (^o^)

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      Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      A great lens. I used to make jewellery when rhinestones were the "in" thing. Then I made jewellery from stones. I spent days/weeks polishing them. PMC looks fascinating!

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      maxy 9 years ago

      Great lens, creative and informative! Please check out my phone card lens!

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      LeslieBrenner 9 years ago

      I've never tried PMC. But it was very interesting visiting the PMC artists' websites you link to, seeing their work and yours. You've created a great resource.

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      fotos4web lm 9 years ago

      Great Lens 5*** ! I always wanted to try PMC and you've encouraged me to start - Thanks

      Keith

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      SusanShaw 9 years ago

      Wow! I've never worked with PMC but I've been interested for years now. This lens is packed with useful information--thanks!

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      fitrobby 9 years ago

      This is a really informative lens!

      Keep up the awesome work!

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      ANNUATED 9 years ago

      Hi

      Wow this is really helpful as I am just getting started!

      Thank you

      Lois

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      krisManuel 9 years ago

      Well done on an interesting topic. 5-stars! If you have time, stop by my lens Your Health and Freedom. Thanks and have a Happy Holidays!

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      Celtica 9 years ago

      Wow - I've really learned something in this lens! This opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities! A well-deserved 5 stars! If you have time to look at my Celtic symbols jewelry lens and rate it I'd really appreciate it :-)

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      PenneysCollecti 9 years ago

      Your lense is a perfect compliment to our Unique Jewelry lense I have lense rolled it and given you 5 stars.

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      Scarboroughseashells 9 years ago

      Found this lens while Googling PMC- really valuable info here! I've made it the featured lens of the week in one of my lenses! Thanks for sharing all your knowledge! :)

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      Au-Steve 9 years ago

      Wow I never knew about Precious matals clay before. Great lens by the way, you got five stars from me.

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      zandstorm 9 years ago

      Great lens! Although I'm also working with Art Clay Silver, I've never seen such a complete resource. I need some extra days now to absorb all this new knowledge. Thanks!

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      LisaJesse 9 years ago

      Hi M! This is a great lens. I appreciate all the useful info.

      Please visit my

      2008 Jewelry Trends lens. Look forward to seeing more

      from you! Thanks...... ~ LISA ~

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      ChickMagnet101 9 years ago

      Hey, wonderful lens! (I've rated it 5 stars!) I really enjoyed your 'Precious Metals' information. Especially the additional information on Guilds, books and projects. Keep it up!

      ~Scott

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      Elaine Luther 9 years ago

      This Lens is SO comprehensive! It's an amazing time saver and not just for beginners! Great work!

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      kathysart 9 years ago

      This is an AMAZINGLY well done lens

      5 STARS

      Fantasy Art Woman|Beautiful Women Goddess Art:

      https://hubpages.com/art/kathysart

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      WOW! What cool information! Five Star site.

      Best wishes,

      Karen

      Karen at Karens

      Kinkade Art Store

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      1BigDog 9 years ago

      Very nice lens congrats on the top 100. Please stop in and visit.

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      PenneysCollecti 9 years ago

      Oh this site is sooo cool. Great Job! A 5 star lens for sure.

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      Lady Gotrocks 9 years ago

      Very nice lens! 5 Stars! You are invited to join the Raising Stars group

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      vnrozier 9 years ago

      A most interesting look at a whole new world of design.

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      Congratulations on a well designed site.

      This was most informative and I learned a lot!

      Best wishes,

      Karen

      Karen at Karens

      Kinkade Art Store

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      Congratulations on a well designed site.

      It was very informative and I learned a lot

      Best wishes,

      Karen

      Karen at Karens Kinkade Art Store

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      Congratulations on a well designed site.

      It was very informative and I learned a lot.

      I will be returning often

      Best wishes,

      Karen

      Karen at Karens Kinkade Art Store

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      datingtips93 9 years ago

      Nice collection of information sources.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great site! I will use it as a reference for my PMC students! Very inclusive.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      A consistent accurate source of metal clay info...It's more informative than most craft books on the subject and Margaret updates the lens often...

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      DeWayne-FilmFreak 9 years ago

      Great jewelry lens! 5 stars!

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      kathysart 9 years ago

      WONDERFUL LENS!

      Tons of info... fantastic!

      Thank you!!

      Kathy

      http:www.kathysart.com

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      tracys-treasures 9 years ago

      Congrats on the fab lens! I'm currently looking for artists to interview on my lens, so take a look around

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      Lady Gotrocks 10 years ago

      Great job. I have been wanting to learn how to make Jewelry. I have tons of gems, but I don't know how to set them.

      See my gem store

      see my lenses

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Try www.MetalClay.com

      They have it all at great prices.

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      kraftylady 10 years ago

      Fab use of the LENS . Would you consider including our world famous Krafty Lady Art Moulds© in the Suppliers / Resources area? http://www.kraftylady.com.au/artmoulds/index.html Our US distributor is AfterMidnight Art Stamps http://www.amstamps.com MAny thanks in advance Krisitne the Krafty Lady

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Great resource site. I have been an artist in the jewelry field for 30 years now but never tried PMC. My wife who is a potter wants to give it a go so thanks for all your links and info.

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      yez lm 10 years ago

      Hi, You really get around the subject in this Lens! Great job!

      /Yez

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