I am EX-CI-TED! I have had a small kiln that I bought when I was certified in PMC, oh, probably about EIGHT years ago? Has PMC even been around that long? Needless to say, I didn’t do much PMC and it’s been sitting around waiting around for me. My PMC is on the way and I just cured my kiln shelves to do some fusing for the first time ever. I have also been saving all of my test beads, ugly beads and cracked beads for this day. Now I just need to make sure they’re really clean. I have grand ideas and I hope they work out. Basically, fusing some of my cracked test beads and then setting them into silver for unique clasps. Secondly, doing some off-the-end-of-the-mandrel work and making some caps for them. We’ll see. We’ll see.
While I learned the basics of setting in silver via soldering, I didn’t really take to that. But I didn’t take to PMC either…ha ha ha…so maybe the silver fabrication will click with me in about 7 years or so. I like the organic look of the PMC and it seems easier to me because I worked so much in polymer in the past. Whereas, I haven’t given the cutting and soldering of silver enough of a chance for me to feel proficient with it, PMC is calling me.
In the meantime, here is a cool necklace I made to match a bracelet that a customer purchased at the Bead Museum while I was the featured artist there. While I’m not primarily a jewelry designer, I’m very happy with this!