Will Precious Metal Clay Revolutionize Jewelry Making?

Nationally known designers assess a startling new material intended to give them more freedom in creating jewelry Mitsubishi Materials Corp. of Japan has developed a remarkable new material that combines the forming ease of clay with the luster and permanence of precious metal. The material, called PMC or Precious Metal Clay, was introduced to the U.S. this spring when 15 nationally known jewelry designers gathered at the intentionally isolated Haystack Mountain School on the coast of Maine. The designers experimented with PMC in an environment that fostered playful risk-taking and freewheeling associations. The results point in an interesting direction for the field. This revolutionary material is enigmatic to those familiar with metal. It is clay, pure and simple. It looks like clay, feels like clay and can be rolled, pinched, squeezed and joined like clay. Unless told, average u

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