Based in her garden shed, designer-maker Elin Mair creates contemporary jewellery made from a fascinating material; Precious Metal Clay (PMC). Established since 2011, her work is now sold in selected independent shops and galleries across Britain.
PMC is a combination of organic binders, water and microscopic particles of silver. It is formed into a desired shape, dried, sanded and then fired in a kiln. Firing removes the binder and fuses the metal into a solid form. PMC contains no other metal alloys which makes it lighter in weight and softer than Sterling Silver.
The process for making PMC jewellery is quite different from the traditional silver smithing as it requires a different set of skills that tap into those of potters and sculptors, and is ultimately more environmentally friendly.