he Delaware Valley Bead Society (DVBS) will sponsor Debbie Vine's "Intro to Precious Metal Clay" program on Tuesday, April 17, at 7pm in the Café of the Hunterdon County Senior Center, 4 Gauntt Place - Building #1, Flemington, NJ. The program is free and open to the public, but non-members must pre-register.
Precious Metal Clay (PMC) was developed in the early 1990s in Japan. PMC itself is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze or copper, which becomes clay-like when mixed with an organic binder (for example, starch and water). It can then be molded, cut, pressed, and shaped just like clay, after which the piece is dried, sanded and finally kiln fired. The binder is burned away during the firing process and what remains is the precious metal! At this point, it can be drilled, ground, or polished like any other metal.
Creative her whole life, Vine received her Fine Arts Degree from Keystone College, La Plume, PA with a concentration in Ceramics, Jewelry and Sculpture. Continuing her education, she received her BFA Degree from Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, majoring in Graphic Design. In 2008 she completed her Precious Metal Clay (PMC) certification through Rio Grande. Having recently retired from 38 years as a graphic designer, Vine now runs and operates her dvinedesigns studio and boutique in Flemington, NJ where she teaches Precious Metal Clay and Basic Beading Classes. Besides her boutique, she also sells at craft shows and on her online website dvinedesigns.etsy.com. Contact her for studio information at email@example.com.
Vine is a member of the DVBS and will present her program during the two-hour DVBS meeting To register, e-mail your name, address, phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 246-1231.