If you want to understand my love for working with Precious Metal Clay (PMC), look no further than the Sixteen50° name. 1,650° F happens to the temperature at which PMC must be fired in a kiln to become the solid silver of my Sixteen50° jewelry.
The properties of PMC enable me to hand-make high-quality jewelry from my own home studio. PMC allows me to create the dynamic and strong shapes I desire without using wax molds and at speeds that allow me to remain the individual creator and crafter of each piece. It consists of microscopic particles of pure recycled silver and a water-soluble, non-toxic, organic binder which burns off during the aforementioned firing.
Why I love working with PMC is because in the creation stage, it has the malleability and feeling of modeling clay, allowing me to use a wide range of tools and techniques to hand-craft the shapes and textures of a piece, and ultimately develop the piece's personality. This versatility in the creation stage allows me to create what I like to think of as those ineffable jewelry experiences we all love.
After working with the PMC at this stage, I air-dry the piece prior to heating it in a kiln where the piece becomes a dense and fully metallic object. To finish it, I'll do anything from polishing it in a tumbler, soldering it, enameling it or doing whatever I think it takes to make it a full-fledged complete Sixteen50° piece.