PMC Bronze pieces with my friend, Jeanne. It's been a while since I've done a project just stringing beads, but this month I did a lovely necklace in a shell theme with a fossil coral focal. I really liked it with one strand for the necklace, but since chunky is in, I decided to double strand it.
Vintag by Parawire and the toggle is a gold tone that I thought blended well.
And lastly, Jeanne and I once again attempted our work with Bronze PMC. I love the bronze and it seems to fit right in with the colors I like, and the patina giving it a rich antique look. We had very good luck with the kiln this time and the settings for firing have been saved for the next time. I cleaned up my pieces with a brass wire brush, tumbled them, and then added some patina. I tumbled them for another half hour and this is the result. I want to clean them up some more and maybe do some burnishing, then will decide what I want to create with them. I especially love the large one in the center - my lovely lady with the flowing hair. She didn't come out the last time, but she fared very well this time.
NEW BOOKS TO CONSIDER:
To help in educating myself in PMC techniques, I have purchased two books, both which I found informative and well written: The Art of Metal Clay by Sherri Haab and New Directions in Metal Clay by CeCe Wire.
Another book I purchased was Contemporary Copper Jewelry by Sharilyn Miller, a great book for you wire workers. I loved the projects in this book and the directions and photos seem easy to follow.
As always, thank you for looking! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL YOU MOMS AND GRANDMAS!