PMC Resource Library
If you are a serious student of Precious Metal Clay, then you should assemble a Precious Metal Clay resource library for your studio. By creating a PMC resource library for yourself, you will have access to the best teachers in the Precious Metal Clay craft arena in your own home, or studio to call on when you run into a problem.
A Precious Metal Clay resource library is also a great tool for stretching your boundaries and trying new projects without the expense of taking a class. You do not have to buy all of these books and dvds at one time, but you can collect them over a period of time as you study and learn more about Precious Metal Clay.
Although Precious Metal Clay is over 15 years old, it is still quite new on the jewelry making market, and there are very few trained instructors, and excellent resources on the subject. And with the new additions of BronzeClay and CopperClay, books are just beginning to be written. In fact, some of the best instructional manuals are just being released to regular book vendors like Amazon, while others can only be purchased directly from the author.
PMC Books by Tim McCreight
Tim McCreight is a master metalsmith, college level metals teacher, and one of the very first jewelry instructors who got his hands on PMC. He has several books which should be part of any library for Precious Metal Clay enthusiasts. His books range from very beginning techniques and projects to advanced level techniques and projects. He has answers to many of the common problems that you will run into when working with PMC.
Project Oriented PMC Books
Several of the Precious Metal Clay master teachers like Celie Fago, Tim McCreight, and CeCe Wire have created project oriented Precious Metal Clay books that will lead you through several projects with PMC. Each project will teach you a new method of working with PMC, including setting stones, dry finishing, torch firing, and working with all three versions of Precious Metal Clay.
Metal Clay for Jewelry MakersSculptural Metal Clay JewelryMetal Clay and ColorEnameling on Metal ClayMetal Clay In A DayDesigning From The StoneMagical Metal Clay JewelryMetal Clay – The Complete GuideMetal Clay FusionMetal Clay Jewellery
If you learn best by making actual projects, these books are excellent to have on hand to help you find solutions to your own designs.
PMC Books by Sherri Haab
Sherri Haab has several metal clay books that are great resources for any beginner or intermediate student of Precious Metal Clay. They are also great resources for having a Precious Metal Clay party, where you and a bunch of your friends can get together to make a PMC project together.
Most of her projects are jewelry pieces, and Sherri Haab also has some video tutorials on Youtube that you can look at.
Sherri Haab’s book The Art of Metal Clay is my favorite of Sherri Haab’s books and it comes with a companion DVD. You can work on hollow forms, beads, setting stones, and other techniques using The Art of Metal Clay. Sherri Haab has recently revised this awesome resource.
Sculptural Metal Clay Jewelry by Kate McKinnon
Not for a beginner, but even the ring on the cover is just stunning. Sculptural Metal Clay Jewelry: Techniques and Explorations will take you through constructing jewelry pieces that have hollow insides and are built and sculpted from PMC. Very exciting, a must have for all serious students of Precious Metal Clay.