“Is it possible to coat the wires with some ‘non-tarnish’ stuff?” ~Debi-S
The main focus for today’s article is really about a fun testing project I am doing, using the PYM II (Preserve Your Memories) fixative and sealant product, as an anti-tarnish spray for copper findings.
But first, I’d like to remind you that coming up later this month in Video 016-3 at the Polymer Clay Members Library, I will be teaching you guys how to make Beaded Copper S-Hooks like the ones pictured in the photo above.
The nice thing about these copper wire findings is they can be made with custom accent beads that compliment the main beads you use in your necklace or bracelet projects. This combination really gives your jewelry pieces a one-of-kind artisan look that your customers will love.
Next week I’ll post a preview video for the Volume 016-3 tutorial, as usual. But for today, I wanted to talk about a spray fixative product that I have been using with these copper metal findings. It’s called Preserve Your Memories II (PYM-II), manufactured by Precision Blue, a US based company in Woodstock, GA.
It was back in April of this year (2009) that I first learned about the Preserve Your Memories Craft Fixative Spray, from Valerie Aharoni. She had already been successfully using this unique product as a protective coating over ink applied to polymer clay from metallic leafing pens. She had also tested it as a sealant for polymer clay image transfers.
Unfortunately at the time, the PYM-2 product had not yet been approved for shipping into Canada, so I could not try it out for myself. But thanks to Shades of Clay in Toronto, as well as to Donna Shepherd from Precision Blue, that Canadian shipping problem has now been solved…
Hi Cindy, I wanted to thank you for the write up about Preserve Your Memories II. My husband is the inventor and patent holder and we so appreciate the way all of the artists that find PYM II help us to get the word out. We have just signed Shades of Clay in Canada as a distributor so it should be available thru them for Canada within a week or so. If you or anyone that is on your blog has any questions we are always more than happy to answer them. Thanks again.
I am in the process of doing some testing on a variety of different applications, and will share the results when I have something more conclusive to say.
The can says it can be applied to Newspapers, Inkjet and Laser prints, inkjet digital pictures, metals, pencil art, plastics, chalk, children’s marker art, over head transparencies and more.
I recently sprayed the beaded wire s-hooks in the photo above, with PYMII. They ended up with a beautiful sheen, and my hope is that the finish will also prevent the copper wire from tarnishing. So far so good!
Has anyone else tried PYM II yet? Please do share your thoughts below. Or if there is something specific you would like me to test it on, let me know that too.