Sunday, January 3, 2010
That's a lot of PMC
I started getting really busy right before Thanksgiving, so I thought I'd keep track of how much PMC I used through Christmas. I prefer the 25 gram packs, I find that even though I go through them quickly, I like having totally fresh clay more often than with the 50 gram packs. The easiest way to keep track of it was to toss the empty packs into my bench drawer. I counted them up and I used up 45 packs, or 1125 grams which is about 2.5 pounds of silver! For those that have never worked with metal clay, here's the 25 gram lump still wrapped up:
It's not much, is it? Well, this little lump of pure silver in an organic binder retails for $41.25 at the moment. Fortunately wholesale pricing is available to those of us in business, but it is still quite expensive. Everyone who works with precious metals is hoping for the prices to come down this year. I remember way back in the 90's when we all freaked out when silver hit $4 an ounce - it's currently at $17!