From Line Art to Jewelry. Making a Photopolymer Plate for Precious Metal Clay

I am crazy about Photoplymer Plates -- you could say addicted. You can take almost any line drawing and make it into silver jewelry. I recently had a student, Mark Reynolds, from Northern Canada take a private session. He creates jewelry with a wildlife theme. Visitors travel to his cold corner of the world to see bears and he makes memorable jewelry for them to take home as a reminder of their visit.

Mark came to our session with a design he wanted to make from a linocut he made in a class at 3FishStudios in San Francisco. He reduced his image to a workable size for jewelry and this image was made into a plate that is similar to a stamp but much crisper. The Precious Metal Clay was then pressed into the prepared plate, shaped and fired. To see the steps to the process, check out the following link on my online Picasso album

I was Featured on Craft Gossip

Ever do a google search for yourself? C'mon admit it! I just did. And what did I find? A post about my work and a wonderful promo about my classes. The world wide web is an interesting place to get the "hook up" Here is the direct link For my 2011 class schedule, open the document on the right of this web page. To register please contact me at or 650-630-6061.

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Precious Metal Clay and Resin Class

In this Intro Class, students made wondefully creative jewelry. Its always fun for me to introduce people to the wonders of metal clay and see how each student incorporates their own designs and ideas. To view more pictures of this class and students work click on the following link
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Gold on Precious Metal Clay

Just finished a fun two part class which added 22k Gold to pure silver. The results were stunning and students went away very happy and energized. Love that! We decided that oxidizing the silver portion of the pieces really made the gold "pop". Mixed metal is in and we are so thrilled.
To view more photos of this class, click on the pic below
2010-10-26 PMC and Gold Class

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The New PMC Guild Annual Is Finally Here

Ever since my "Do-Si-Do" bracelet with Picasso Jasper stones was selected for publication in this years PMC Guild Annual I have anxiously been checking my mailbox for it's arrival. And it finally came today. I am so elated. I remind myself of Steve Martin's child-like character in a scene in the movie The Jerk. When Navin received the latest edition of the local phone book, he ran down his driveway holding it shouting, "The new telephone book is here, the new telephone book is here...and now I'm in it"

So, I am beaming with joy..."The new PMC Guild Annual is here...and now I'm in it!" Page 92 to be exact. : )

Silver and Gold. 22K Gold on Precious Metal Clay. LOVE IT!

We've got the Midas touch. Had session one tonight of my Gold on Precious Metal Clay. Here are the results of my demo. The leaf on the left was painted with Aura 22 which is 22k gold. I oxidized it for that oh so wonderful look. The gold touches on the right were done with Art Clay Gold Paste. The students pieces are in the kiln as I post. Everyone is excited to apply the gold to their creatons next week. Will post more pictures then.
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On Wings Like Angels

I usually detest reconstiting bone dry clay. It's so lumpy and I often have a big mess on my hands. Took this sticky mush and pushed it into my angel wings mould. Took it out an it had a very interesting surface design. giving this piece an ancient look. Added a halo with fine silver and dropped a wire wrapped crystal quartz and am sporting it around town.
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New Displays

After years of using black velvet for my displays, I decided I needed a change. Not that I had time or money for an upgrade but once i got the idea in my head I went to work. I have to say I was inspired by my bird displays and the latest Restoration Hardware catalogue. Love the look of crisp linen, white on white, bronze metal and vintage peeled paint decor. Lucked out and found some discarded frames by the side of the road and some barn wood at my dad's ranch. All i needed was a few cans of spraypaint and many hours later....

Norma Created a Beauty!

Student Norma Fries of made this gorgeous pendant in my stone setting class. Unfortunately the firey Larbadorite stone broke prior to setting so Norma made an additional piece (smoothe portion on the right hand side) which covered the broken part and made the piece more interesting overall. Hats off to Norma.
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Chasing and Repousse Project

Sporting this grande cuff after working on in for 15 hours in a class I took this weekend. It was a tedious but interesting process. The cuff is made of sterling silver and is oxidized. The instructor was Davide Bigazzi who is a local jewelry artist in Menlo Park.
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Hearts Desire Turquoise and Fine Silver Reversible Necklace

This was a fun though time-consuming project. The beauty of this necklace is that it can be worn on both sides making it ever so versatile. The all silver heart was made with a special texture I made from a photopolymer plate. The Turquoise stone had been waiting for me to set it since he last gem show. The wire wrapped smoky quartz stones finish it off on a beautiful hand hammered artisan chain.

A pair of earrings to go with Hearts Desiire Necklace

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I've been Selected! PMC Annual 2010

Just got an e-mail today from Tim McCreight saying my bracelet made with PMC and Picasso Jasper will be included in the PMC Annual. I am elated and so honored!
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Do-Si-Do Picture II

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Precious Metal Clay CLASSES September 2010-December 2010

Below is a brief overview of my current class schedule. For more details please open the PDF attachment on the right column of my blog. To register please contact me at 650-630-6061 or Thank You. Virginia


PMC Open Studio: Wed evenings 6pm-9pm Sept. 1,8

Photopolymer Plates Intensive: A three-hour day session Thursday Sept. 9:30am-12:30pm

Stone Setting for Non-Fireable Stones in Precious Metal Clay: A three session class: Wednesday evenings: September 15th, 22nd, and 29th 6pm-9pm

Precious Metal Clay Charms and Beads: A three session class on Thursdays from 10am-1pm September. Sept. 16th, 23rd, 30th 10am-1pm


PMC Open Studio: Wed evenings 6pm-9pm Oct. 6,13

Photopolymer Plates and Moulds: A three session class: Thursdays 10am-1pm Thursdays October 14th, 21st and 28th 10am-1pm

Earring Extravaganza with Precious Metal Clay: Sat. Oct. 9th 10am-4pm

Get the Midas Touch! Learn how to add gold to PMC: A two-session class Wednesday Evenings 6pm-9pm. Wednesday, October 20th and 27th 6pm-9pm


Fine Silver Linked Bracelet: A three Session Class: Thursdays from 10am-1pm Nov 4, 11, 18 10am-1pm

Mould Making and Creative Connecting Components: Something Old Into Something New: A three session class: Wednesday sessions in November: Nov 3rd, 10th, 17th 6-9pm

Precious Metal Clay and Resin: Saturday November 6th 10am-4pm. Create a double sided metal clay pendant with a cut out to incorporate an image or design with resin.


PMC Open Studio: Wed evenings 6pm-9pm Dec. 1,8,15

PMC on Recycled Leather Belts

So it looks like i am on a roll with bracelets this week. Just finished the bracelet in the top pic. The front of the bracelet is in the second photo (bottom left ).

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This Just In!

Fun and Chunky Linked Bracelet. Love how it feels on my wrist.
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Flying Bird Clasp

Once again -- have been dreaming of this clasp for weeks. I just finished it and am adding it to a bracelet with my bird theme.
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Crazy for Vintage, Antique Buttons and Buckles


Besides Presious Metal Clay I am obsessed with finding Antique and Vintage Buttons, Buckles with interesting designs and motifs. I can not stop...but I must.. I have to make moulds of these beauties so I can incorporate these designs into my work. Insomnia to follow for sure. Pictured are some of my latests finds.
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Work in Progress Completed!!...

Time flies when you have other things on your To Do list...other than making jewelry. After a few weeks i am happy to say its ready to wear! Now back to the dishes.....

A Work in Progress...


Sometimes I have so many things to do ie etsy sales, classes, class planning fulfilling custom orders and regular mommy life that I have fun projects left laying around my studio. This is one of them. I figured if I posted it I would be obligated to finish it. I made moulds of a vistorian buckle that I got on ebay. I cut it apart, made a mould. Pressed in some PMC, added some catches on the back to hold the chain and stones in place...I will unveil the finished product as soon as it is finished!
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Creating with Photopolymer Plates and Moulds IS FUN!!

Love when I have a vision of something and it comes out the way I imagined it! Am thinking I need to add some gold to make the bird stand out more. I'm gonna make a series of these.

Obsessed with Photopolymer Plates!!


Just cant stop making these babies!! They are so beautiful and so easy to make. I think tonight I will be dreaming about what I can create with them!! I have some for sale on etsy -- see the link to my etsy shop in the right column.

The orangy stuff in the picture is a childhood favorite; silly putty. Its a great way to see how the plates will read in PMC before making a commitment in metal clay.

Rings ...Rings and More Rings

These beauties were just finished tonight by seven wonderful and fun students. Bet they will proudly show them off tomorrow...and the next day.
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PMC Powers Unite!


I love teaching! Its great to meeting fun people and creating together. Last Saturday I had the pleasure of hanging out with TK, Julie, Vickie, Norma and Linda. To see what a great time we had, making PMC and fusing fine silver, click on the picture below:
2010-03-19 Class PMC and Fusing Linked Bracelet
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