Where can I find beginner information on PMC?
Over on my website, I have a downloadable pdf, my list of tools for beginners in metal clay. You can find it on the Resources page.
I have created a couple of Squidoo Lenses that are great introductions. One is Top Ten Tools for Metal Clay, and the other is Getting Started in PMC, Metal Clay, and Beyond. You can find the links to those, and more, in the Category, “Links to All My Squidoo Lenses.”
Where can I find online tutorials and videos, for free?
I often post these. You can find them under Techniques and Education in the categories section.
What are your favorite books?
Ah, why thanks for asking! I have a whole page of them over at CreativeTextureTools, divided up by category. They are in the Books section.
For more detail on a book, or why I liked it, see if I’ve reviewed it here on the blog by clicking the Reviews Category.
Why did you invent Silicone Texture Plates?
I was frustrated with rubber stamps. They tend to be a bit too large for metal clay work, and, as you may have noticed, metal clay sticks like the dickens to rubber.
Silicone is inherently non-stick. My Silicone Texture Plates feature designs that are perfectly sized for metal clay products and are deliciously non-stick. I’ve now switch to all one color, a silicone that is amazingly slick.
What metal clay certifications do you have?
I am certified through the PMC Guild/Rio Grande. I am also Cross-certified with Art Clay Silver, Level 1.
What is your other jewelry training?
I have taken classes at the University of Iowa, Columbia College, Northern Illinois Univeristy, Jewelry Design Institute (a trade school). I served two apprenticeships.
In addition I trained with the Gemological Institute of America and the International Society of Appraisers.
What do you love about PMC?
That I can work with it in every stage, fresh clay, leather hard. That it’s relatively fast and allows me to accomplish things I probably wouldn’t do in conventional metals.
Which PMC products do you use the most?
I use PMC+ clay form, homemade slip and homemade oil paste made with purchased slip.
What’s your favorite tool?
My carving tool. I use it to apply slip, to “file” leather hard clay, all kinds of things.
Where can I find your free eBook, The Jewelry Maker?
It’s right on the front page at CreativeTextureTools.
How can I read this blog in paper form?
There’s this cool tool at Blurb.com that allows a blogger to turn a blog into a paper book easily. Once I reach 300 blog posts, I’m going to try it out. Then, if you really wanted to be able to have the information in this blog to access quickly and easily in book form, you could buy a copy!
I’ll announce it on the blog when it’s ready.
I have an awesome blog and/or website, how can I submit it to you for a possible mention on your blog, or even (gasp!) Blog of the Week?
Just email me the url to suggestalink (at) gmail (dot) com. You can always find this address at “Suggest a Link” under categories.
What classes do you teach? Where can I find your schedule?
I teach at art centers in Illinois and Indiana, you can find my schedule under About Us on the main site.
I teach metalsmithing, beginning PMC, Intermediate/Advanced PMC, and Color and Metal, a patinas and more workshop.
What’s your favorite class to teach?
One of the things that’s so rewarding about teaching PMC is how much people love it — it makes people really, really happy. You’re doing them such a favor by teaching them.
I enjoy teaching metalsmithing because of the challenge of helping people solve technical problems, that’s one of the things I love most about metalsmithing.
Where do you get the energy to daily post? I find it
amazing that you always have something intresting/nice/inspiring to
write. (That’s a real question from a real reader! I didn’t write that one!)
Why thank you! I really appreciate that. I have some topics I try to hit every week: Inspirational Photo of the Day, Blog of the Week, Artist Website of the Week, Learn on the Web, technique, source, book or product review and business tips. Having those categories helps.
And it’s one of those things, that the more you do it, the easier it gets. Once you start blogging, you think of topics all the time.