There is quite possibly, nothing better than having a dream... except for when that dream becomes a reality.
In 2009, I took a class at Rio Grande on making jewelry items with PMC clay. PMC is a precious metal clay, that when fired... becomes 99.9% pure fine silver. Because it is a clay, there are all sorts of interesting possibilities with it... carving... molds, impressions... sculptures... the list goes on. Additionally, the clay is now available in copper, silver, gold and bronze.
But it's expensive to buy... and expensive to fire... the best of which is with a kiln.
Cheap kilns just recently became available for about $200... but the good ones... well... more like $800.
So ... this dream has been on the back-burner for awhile...
On Feb 13th... I closed the Etsy shop for a complete overhaul... and I made alot of subtle, little changes... like changing the section names and tweaking listings. I also took that opportunity to go thru all the stuff I had listed... and re-focus on what I really wanted to be making and selling. I ordered new business cards... and I also re-organized my studio space. In the process, I amassed a bunch of things to sell... most all of which I listed on either Craigslist or Ebay. To my surprise... most everything sold! And I now have enough cash to buy a top of the line kiln!
In the next week or so... I will be shopping for the PMC kiln of my dreams...
and will start making fine silver jewelry for the shop.
Dreams CAN come true.