Getting Started Precious Metal Clay Series: Torch Firing PMC Introduction Course with Darlene Armstrong

Learn how to torch fire Precious Metal Clay (PMC) with instructor Darlene Armstrong in this interactive course!

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Join Darlene Armstrong as she lights-the-fire in this online course featuring Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and torch firing techniques! Darlene's spunky personality will ignite your passion for PMC as she begins the course by teaching the essentials of torch firing safety with the Butane torch. She will walk you through the types of Precious Metal Clay, how to choose the right one for torch firing and what tools and supplies you'll need to work with PMC. Then, you'll discover how to store your PMC to repurpose again in the future! Be sure to test your knowledge at the end of course by taking a short quiz and join the discussion board to work with other students as you learn how to torch fire Precious Metal Clay.

Lesson Breakdown:
Lesson 1: Working with Precious Metal Clay (PMC)

  • What Precious Metal Clay is
  • Which PMC to buy for torch firing
  • Recommended Tools and Supplies
  • Overview of Texture Mats
  • Methods for controlling PMC thickness

Lesson 2: Essentials of Torch firing

  • Types of torches and best to use
  • How to practice PMC safely and effectively
  • Best techniques and process for torch firing

Lesson 3: Hardening, Polishing, and Patinas

  • How and why to use a vibratory tumbler
  • Patina choices and how to apply
  • Proper tools and techniques for polishing PMC

Lesson 4: Storing and Reconstituting Your PMC

  • Tips and Tricks to prevent PMC from drying out
  • How to safely store PMC for future use
  • Reconstituting PMC from dried scraps and dust
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Course Includes:
Discussion board & Gallery: The discussion board is a great way to interact with other users in the course. It's an open forum for you to ask questions, share your thoughts, express your inspirations, and share images of your work.

Notes: This is a place for you to keep personal notes to help you with your work and the course content. Only you will be able to see your notes.

Optional Quizzes: Short, optional quizzes and other learning activities

Video Lesson Run Time ≈ 1 hour, 11 minutes

About the Instructor


Darlene Armstrong is a professional metalsmith who is the owner and instructor at The Denver School of Metal Arts, in Denver, Colorado. Darlene has over 38,000 hours working at her bench, selling her work all over the globe. She has more than 3,000 hours of teaching experience, both professionally and privately. As a Senior Level PMC teacher, she has over 15 years teaching and working experience with PMC.

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU R6698
Product Type Course
Author/Designer Darlene Armstrong
Technique Metal Clay
Difficulty Level Beginner
Customer Reviews (1)
The Best of the Best!
I can't give this course and this instructor enough stars! In making the transition from working with sheet metal to PMC, I learned basic essentials that I never learned elsewhere, such as options in safety glasses and why it's important, which direction to mount radial polishing discs, the basics of work hardening your metal (which I thought I knew), how recapture your PMC scrap, etc. The instructor not only knew what she was talking about, she knew HOW to teach. This course was such a bargain for the price. (And I've taken many, many metalsmithing courses!). This course will not disappoint! Review by Cindy (Posted on 8/27/2017)
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