Rings are fun to make and fun to wear!! Bottom ring band reads "All You Need is Love" (for those Beatles fanss!) and a very cool textured stirrup ring with a smoky quartz!
Had a blast today with students in my Precious Metal Clay PMC Rings Class. They created such beautiful treasures!!
I love teaching! I especially love working with such fun people as these. Loved that everyone's creations came out so beautifully and people left with a sense of satisfaction!
I made this beauty just before Christmas. I had an idea and went to town making all the components. It was satisfying making my own clasp from PMC instead of putting on a manufactured one!!
My friend Tracey Morris who is responsible for giving me a venue a few years ago to sell my jewelry is hosting a Holiday Boutique. So if you are in the area and can stop by -- there are bound to be some beautiful items to buy. This is no ordinary boutique! And you can see whats new by Vine Design.
You will learn two ring styles in one day! We will start off with my favorite: The Stirrup Ring which will be topped off with your favorite bead or stone. After that we will make a ring band embellished with PMC Paper . Class fee: $95 plus $65 materials fee for PMC3 and PMC Paper. Bring a bead or stone or buy one in class. To resigister for this session please contact instructor at email@example.com or 650-630-6061. Class is located in Redwood City, CA 45 minutes south of San Francisco.
WED NIGHT Open Studio 6pm-9pm
Studio time is available students who have taken at least 6 hours of instruction in metal clay by Virginia or other qualified instructor. Studio tools & textures are available for you to practice and explore your creativity with Precious Metal Clay. Each month we have a new project or technique focus. Past student projects include: PMC Links, Rings, Mould Making, Resin, Riveting on PMC. Cost: $30 per class or $75 for three consecutive sessions. Bring your own PMC or purchase in class.
PRIVATE PMC INSTRUCTION
Can't make a scheduled class? Have a specific technique or project in mind? Then sign up for one-on-one PMC instruction.Classes I teach include Intro to PMC, Rings, Earrings and Earring Components, PMC and Resin, Photopolymer Plates, Mould Making, PMC Hollow Linked Chain, Riveting with PMC Carving rubber rubber stamps , Stone Setting for PMC, Hollow Forms, PMC chain, Lentil Beads, Fun with PMC Paper, PMC Photo Pendant, Clasps and Toggles, Gold on PMC, and Copper Clay.
Sessions are $45 per hour plus materials. To schdule a session or chat with Virginia contact her by phone 650-630-6061 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This lovely bracelet was a commissioned piece for Janice Parsons owner of The Bead Shop. This bracelet is made of fine silver (from Precious Metal Clay) and the rivets are bronze.
These pieces are ready to assemble into something beautiful. I am going to have to make some out of BronzClay too!! Thats for next week when I am finished with two other projects.
Date; Saturday October 10th 10:00am-4:00pm
Materials Fee: starting at $45 for one pack of PMC 3 and two CZ's. More PMC may be purchase in class depending on each student's design selection. Tools provided for use in class.
To register please e-mail me at email@example.com
WOW! I love the look of Copper Clay. It forms much like PMC Fine Silver -- the only difference for me so far is that it had to be fired in a stainless steel box in activated carbon for 3 hours at 1700 degrees ferenheit. I am tumbling more of the pieces. OH yes and the best benefit is the price only $20.00 for 100 grams!! Being silver is going up in price this is a good deal!!
Copper Clay out of the kiln looks like terra cotta. When I brushed it with soap, water and a brass prush it polished up beautifully. I love it!! C'est Manifique! On the angel pendamt above, I left the grooves unburnished so the design pops!
I was warned that my kiln would have black on the inside from the carbon AND it did! Now to vacuum it out!! The results were wortth the mess!!
My first pack of Copper Clay just arrived today and I had a chance to make all the pieces showm from the packet and it was only $20. With silver prices increasing I think I am going to have to make more mixed metal pieces. also have some Bronze Clay. I bought it when it first came out but it seems more mysterious to me. Will have to try Bronze soon.
Will see how the firing goes withe the copper -- will post finished pieces when I get a chance.
Love how this turned out. A client saw an unfinished Fine Siver Bracelet I was working on and asked if I could add it to leather. I think I will have to make one for myself.
My latest experiment is adding gold to Precious Metal Clay with Aura 22 .. 22k gold and Keum Boo. The results are very satisfying!! Am loving the mixed metals look!!! So versatile!
Studio time is available for those who have taken at least 12 hours of instruction in metal clay by Virginia or other qualified instructor. Studio tools & textures are available for you to practice and explore your creativity with Precious Metal Clay. Virginia will be available to assist you with your projects. You will learn many new techniques as you build your PMC knowledge and skills. Open Studio sessions include firing. Cost: $30 per session or $75 for three consecutive sessions. Bring your own PMC or buy some from Virginia.
Get hooked on Precious Metal Clay! Learn to make fine silver jewelry with PMC. This revolutionary medium is an easy entrée to metal work as well as a new addition to your metalsmithing repertoire. In this class you will learn the basics of PMC (forming, firing, and finishing). Student projects include pendants, charms and/or earrings in this 3 hour class you will learn the basics of PMC: FORM, FIRE & FINISH. Cost: $55 plus materials
Mould Making for PMC Friday Sept. 18th
Start making moulds for your PMC designs out of vintage buttons, unique textures and found objects. Bring in items you have been wanting to incorporate into PMC or use the many items in Virginia’s collection. We will torch fire your creations in class. This class is suited to beginners and advanced students. Cost: $55 plus materials
Can’t make a session? Have a special project in mind? Private Sessions are also available.
To register for classes please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-630-6061. Classes also posted at www.pmcdesignstudio.com
Learn to make rings with PMC. In this class you will make a ring shank with PMC and one with fine silver imbedded in PMC. You will also learn how to set cubic zirconias in your creations. Class fee is $95 plus $48 materials fee for PMC, fine silver wire and CZ. For photos of my work and students work, scroll down. For registration details, e-mail me at email@example.com. Can't make this schdeuled session? I offer private and semi-private sessions tailored to your interests and experience with PMC. Contact me for details.
"Virgina Huffman is such a great teacher! " April Vanderbilt
"I really enjoy Virginia's classes. She is such a sweetheart and really knows her stuff. What a great combination. She is always willing to share her knowledge and has a very nice way of going about it. Pros:Helpful, Engaging, Encouraging, Smart, Patient, Funny, Fun, Good communicator."
"I Learned so much!" Mallory Stevens
I took a Beginner PMC class with my 13 yo neice. We had so much fun and Virginia made it very easy to make a special keepsake. I've gotten so many compliments on the pieces I made at this class! Pros: Helpful, Funny, Fun, Good communicator. How was this location? Awesome How was the price?: Great value
"Gifted and informative teacher" Lucinda Bender
"I took Virginia Huffman’s beginning PMC class and was thrilled with my creations! Virginia is an exceptional artist and she is generous in sharing her knowledge of PMC. A LOT was done in the class but it was not overwhelming as Virginia took the time to explain everything in terms that I could understand. THANK YOU VIRGINIA! I am looking forward to taking more of her classes." Pros: Helpful, Engaging, Encouraging, Smart, Patient, Funny, Fun, Good communicator How was this location? Awesome How was the price? Great value
I have been waiting to finish this set stone for awhile. I decided on fine silver beads that were offset by brown knotted cord. It's my new favorite everyday necklace.