Tuesday, November 6, 2012

PMC Oak leaf, Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Garnet, and Pyrite mixed media gemstone necklace. Handmade jewelry by Arctida

I've been learning to work with the coolest new media in jewelry making -  PMC (Precious Metal Clay) since last spring and I'm finally starting to list pieces of jewelry that are made of it.

What is PMC? A unique form of pure silver (mainly composed of recycled silver particles) suspended in an organic binder. In this clay-like state it allows PMC artists to form and sculpt metal clay by hand. When fired at high temperatures by torch or in a jeweler's kiln, the binder burns off and the silver particles are fused together. The result is a one-of-a-kind pure silver piece (.999) purer than Sterling silver (.925).

So here is the first piece of many :) The focal pendant was made PMC using real Oak leaf from my garden as a template. The leaf has gone through a lengthy layering, drying and firing process that allows its physical properties to transfer to the silver replication. After firing, I hand polished the silver leaf pendant and applied multicolored iridescent patina, to make it look like a real fall leaf. So of course the necklace had to be made in autumnal colors as well. I chose different sizes of Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Garnet and Pyrite rondelles and wire wrapped them into a handmade chain.

I love the versatility that PMC offers to the artists and all those endless possibilities to incorporate colored gemstones, the reason why I've entered the world of jewelry making in the first place. So stay tuned as more jewelry pieces are on the way :)



http://www.arctida.com/en/gallery-sold/89-oak-leaf-amber-carnelian-citrine-garnet-pyrite-gold-necklace.html

Oak Leaf necklace - see it in my Arctida shop

For more of my pmc fine silver jewelry click here

14 comments:

Natalka Pavlysh said...

Beautiful necklace!

Vikulya said...

Great work!!! So amazing! Bravo, Alecia!!!!!!!!!

Aleksa Torri said...

This is gorgeous!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Your leaf has such great detail! And the whole necklace is beautiful!

Katrinshine said...

It's wonderful!

Galia Grayevsky said...

Amazing!

FleetingStillness said...

Lovely as always! Love your work!

nihama said...

great work!

Svetlana NES said...

I dream to try this stuff! Really good job

Tatiana said...

Very original jewelry!Love it!

Morrgan said...

It's beautiful! Sounds like an exciting material to work with. =)

Anonymous said...

Very soon this site will be famous among all blogging people, due to
it's pleasant posts
Also see my web page :: air max 90

GraphicLand said...

Adorable!

Tommy said...

Snyggt!!!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...