I don't know about you, but I'm fascinated with precious metal clay (PMC). PMC consists of microscopic particles of pure silver or fine gold powder and a water-soluble, non-toxic, organic binder which burns off during firing. Some extraordinary work can be made using this material, as today's Featured Artisan amply demonstrates.
The necklace, above, features turquoise, fine silver (from PMC) and sterling. I think it's gorgeous.
MuiJadeDesigns lives in Maryland, where she designs and makes her jewellery, as well as teaching classes in jewellery making. She began as a beader, but has been inspired by the medium of PMC to become a certified artisan in that material. She says:
Each piece of my jewelry is individually artificial designed, soldered and polished. Each piece in my store is handcrafted with natural materials from Fine Silver, Sterling Silver and finest gemstones. Here you will find one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry that is something special for you or someone you love.
I love the little bee on this honeycomb-textured pendant! Again, the work is all fine and sterling silver, with a little cubic zirconia for the bee's yellow body.
This is elegant, bold and original jewellery, and a great example of what PMC can become in a talented artisan's hands!
MuiJade's ArtFire Studio