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PMC Technic: A Collection of Techniques for Precious Metal Clay 1st Edition
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good teaching book. Easy to understand. Loved it.Published 4 months ago by Pseudo electrician-Pam
I love the range of expertise and quality that Tim McCreight brings to all his teaching material.Published 13 months ago by Susan Hildebrand
I love this book! All of the artisan's amazing work has really opened my eyes to the vast opportunity's PMC has to offer. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sandra Dent
Some good information. A little dated since the book is several years old now but still valid. I bought the kindle edition since there weren't many pictures in this bookPublished on September 13, 2013 by J. Hughes
This is a great book even for the beginner, it has great photos,ideas, projects that can be incorporated I to your own style and designs.Published on July 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
If you are into PMC this is a must have book for your libreray. Full of helpful instructions and know hows.Published on January 20, 2013 by Moon