Monday, 29 June 2009

See what my PMC class learnt today!

Today my fabulous "intro course" students learnt how to use silver clay.  They learnt setting with CZ stones, Dichroic Glass Cabs, Resin work (they even did some soldering too).

Didn't they do well!

Nic xx

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Cool Video of a Metal Clay pendant being made!

JenKahn has entered this into the Etsy metal Clay Video Comp!

Vote for the Video and Help Promote the Etsy Metal Clay community :)
Nic xx

Monday, 22 June 2009

Babies Footprints Captured Forever....

This week I've been mainly using my nail lamp! This is the original footprint plus the black out transparency that I used to make the photo-polymer plate with. The finished pendants are then created using the finished photo-polymer texture plate.
I also use my nail lamp with my UV resins. I get them from Petra over at and they're so much more convenient than mixing up big pots of two part resin. No weighing required, a blob of the resin, a drop of colour, a twiddle with a cocktail stick, a visit to the "sun bed" and it's done!
This is every colour resin that Petra does (except yellow - ran out of daisies DOH!). You can vary the intensity by adding less colour to get a more transparent look too. Marvelous!

I just need to take lots and lots of photos now so I can get them in my shop and up on Etsy ;)
Nic xx

Monday, 15 June 2009

Perfect Torch for PMC & Soldering!

This is the Nimrod PT 500 Pro Torch, it's quite simply the best torch I've found for PMC and small scale jewellery soldering. Teresa Speer (head Honcho at the In the Studio Jewellery School) recommended it & I've been using mine for two years, for a large variety of jewellery tasks, without a single problem....
At approx £38 it certainly isn't the cheapest option, but it IS perhaps one of the best value:
1) It's solid construction, looks like it will last forever
2) It has a 60ml Butane reservoir so less refilling
3) Long Running Times - even when doing lots of work (up to an hour!)
4) Max torch temp 1350º C (2460º F)

It's also eminently adjustable and has done everything from firing PMC to fusing fine silver & melting dichroic glass too!

Top Torch Rating: 4.8 stars!
Ease of Use *****
Versatility *****
Construction *****
Price ****

If you haven't chosen your torch yet this is a great buy!
Nicola x

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