Sterling Silver Precious Metal Clay Class at Rio Grande Jewelry
Sally and drove south to Albuquerque, New Mexico last week for me to take a class in Sterling Silver Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Rio Grande Jewelry Supply. The Technical Staff at Rio Grande has been working with Mitsubishi Materials Corporation of Japan for the last year testing this new material of PCM Sterling which combines microscopic particles of metals in precise proportions of 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper which are the same proportions as traditional sterling silver. Sterling silver is stronger than pure silver.
This was the first class conducted with PMC Sterling Silver and the instructors Yvonne Padilla and Thomas Flores were the same Rio Grande technical staff experts that were involved in the testing process. The instructors were outstanding and well prepared and were able to answer any question asked in easy to understand detail. I learned a great deal from each of them not only about PCM Sterling but other techniques that I have wanted to learn more about for my bladesmithing work. The class room facility was very well equipped and the audio visual display was second to none.
I took very good notes during the class and will be posting more information in this thread in the days and weeks to come about the techniques that I learned about. I agree with the instructors that PMC Sterling Silver is an exciting development in metal work and believe that there are many applications that we can use it for in our work in bladesmithing. I know that our members are aware of the excellent selection of tools and materials that are offered at Rio Grande but their technical staff is outstanding and you may want to consider taking a class at their facility.
This is a link to more information on PMC Sterling Silver on the Rio Grande blog, The Studio, click: PMC Sterling Testing at Rio Grande