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PMC Technic: A Collection of Techniques for Precious Metal Clay 1st Edition

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Ten authors, each a leading master in the field, bring decades of experience and untold hours of experimentation to this impressive book.
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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Brynmorgen Press; 1st edition (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929565216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929565214
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim McCreight is a designer, teacher, author, and goldsmith. He received a degree in fine arts from The College of Wooster and an MFA in jewelry and silversmithing from Bowling Green State University. He taught fulltime for 25 years, first at the Worcester Center for Crafts and then at Maine College of Art. Along the way he has taught hundreds of workshops throughout the US and in Canada, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.

After writing two books for large commercial publishers, he decided to take on the challenges of illustration and layout, joining a new generation of authors who took control of all aspects of their books. In this way he has overseen all details of many of his books, most notably Complete Metalsmith, which is recognized as a standard text in the field. His books have been translated into Russian, Japanese, and Italian.

McCreight's books are characterized by a practical approach and commonsense descriptions that empower beginning artists while confirming information for advanced readers. His curiosity and the obvious pleasure he takes in sharing information makes his books not just readable but fun. Most of his books deal with metalsmithing but he has extended into design and into the genre of creative nonfiction with his very popular Syntax of Objects, re-released in a new edition in 2010. In his efforts to explore new approaches, he has also created an App for iPhone, iPod, and iPad called "Metalsmith Suite," available through the iTunes store.

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Another wonderful book from Tim McCreight, who has edited this collection of techniques for PMC by assembling a veritable stable of stars. These brilliant artisans share their specific forte and we are definitely the richer and wiser as we work through their lovely projects.

The 10 artists cover : Syringe by Tonya Davidson, Hinges with Celie Fago, Bezels by Jennifer Kahn, Fusing Sterling and PMC by Doris King, Terry Kovalcik looks at Developing Form with Slip and the amazing Noortje Meijerink takes us on a PMC and Ceramic journey. Kelly Russell looks at using Stencils while Barabara Becker Simon merges Lampworking and PMC with a flair all of her own, add CeCe Wires Water Etching and J.Fred Woell's gorgeous Coreless Beads and I doubt that this book would not have something for everyone.

This book is not for a beginner, but you will certainly aspire to recreate the projects, beautiful each and every one of them. Lovely hand drawn pencil illustrations of both the steps and techniques compliment a rich gallery of colour photographs. The techniques are covered in detail - up to 20 pages, so you are left in no doubt how to create.

This book clearly states PMC and in fact exclusively uses this product throughout, however, the ideas are transferrable accross the Metal Clay's. Thank you for another wonderful book which I am sure will be read and re-read many times.
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Less than a year after publishing PMC Decade, a wonderful volume of essays and lavish photographs showcasing extraordinary metal clay art and artists from the past 10 years, Tim McCreight's Brynmorgen Press has brought us the highly anticipated PMC Technic: A Collection of Techniques for Precious Metal Clay.

PMC Technic consists of ten chapters, each written by a different well-known artist about an advanced metal clay technique that he or she developed, refined/advanced, or adapted for metal clay.

Every chapter contains a wealth of valuable and detailed information about a specific technique. Tim McCreight's clear, hand-drawn illustrations provide a welcome complement to the written descriptions and instructions. Many sumptuous, high-quality photographs show inspirational examples of finished pieces incorporating each technique.

I am very fortunate to have received my PMC Certification instruction from two of artists in this important book, and to have benefited from the wise and generous advice of several of its other authors. I can attest personally to their extraordinary expertise and teaching abilities, and I recommend this book enthusiastically as required reading for any serious metal clay artist.
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In this book, Tim McCreight has brought together ten different artists, each of whom contributes a chapter on a specific, specialized PMC technique. Although this is not a beginners' how-to book, the writing is so exceptionally clear that even someone with no experience in working with PMC will be able to understand how each technique works, and will probably be inspired to put at least some of this instruction into practice right away. Experienced users of PMC will surely find new information here to expand their repertoire of techniques.

Since PMC is relatively new, artists have had to spend countless hours discovering the limits and capabilities of the material. Having worked so hard to successfully execute a new and complicated technique, an artist might be forgiven for hoarding that hard-won knowledge. Fortunately, that is not the spirit of this book. Each contributor has generously distilled his or her painstaking experimentation into a concise, immeasurably helpful lesson that will enable others to bypass many of the missteps that come with charting new territory.

For me, the most fascinating and helpful chapters were those that dealt with combining PMC with other materials in a way that resolves incompatibility issues. For example, one chapter tells how to prepare sterling silver (through a process known as depletion gilding) to accept PMC additions. Another chapter describes how to include PMC in flameworked beads, explaining along the way how to knead enamels (essentially powdered glass) into PMC to produce a hybrid metal/glass material. Another chapter provides instructions for making delicate bezels from PMC paper, so that even stones unable to be fired along with the PMC can be included in PMC pieces.
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I have been using PMC for 5 years, teaching for two,and have had the great pleasure of studying with Tim McCreight and a couple of the artists featured in this book. What a treasure this book is! Several of the very best PMC artists each write a chapter about an advanced PMC skill that is one of their specialties. Each chapter gives you so many ideas to use for your own exploration, because the chapters are not step-by-step projects to slavishly copy. I plan to sit down this winter with this book and just play, based on some of the ideas presented. Another great book by Tim McCreight's Brynmorgen Press. With so many new books on PMC coming out these days, how do you choose? If you've got the basics down and want to be pushed in your use of PMC, give this book a look.
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