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Jewelry Making Terms

Glass rods for lamp work bead making

Hopefully this section will define some of the terms used in the jewelry descriptions/techniques.  I will continue to add additional terms and explanations.

Polymer Clay canes:  Examples and descriptions of this technique can be found at http://www.glassattic.com  This is a great resource for all things "polymer".

PMC or Precious Metal Clay:  I have been working with PMC since 2001 fortunate to take a certification class from Chris Darway.  PMC is binder embedded with metal particles.  Originally in fine silver and gold, it is now available in copper, bronze and steel.  The "working time" for the media before is dries out is limited.  I usually create an original with polymer clay, make a mold, mold the PMC and then add additional details.  The item is then fired in a kiln and goes through different finishing processes.  The following photo is of a bronze heron made using these techniques. 

Lamp work Beads:  Using a torch and rods of glass, the glass is melted around mandrels to create beads which are annealed for strength and durability.

 

 

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