Well, I found there are differences, subtle, yes but definite differences between them. PMC3 has a slightly tacky feel and seems to dry out more quickly, giving me less work time to refine the molded embellishments before I mount them on the bead. But once mounted, the molded pieces hold their detail much better as I touch them when I rotate the piece to do the embellishing. This is a definite plus!
After I fire the bead I find the oil paste embellishments re much stronger than I had thought. It makes the bead look quite busy so I antiqued it several times until the coral background was quite dark. I mask off the two shells and the stone mounting so they would be bright silver, then polish the top surfaces of the coral so the shells will stand out.
Something came to me as I am working on this project. As I “tuck in” all the embellishments and details, I find I’m really enjoying myself. It’s very soothing, almost comforting… making sure all is well and secure on my piece… almost like putting an adored child to bed. Some say I spend much too much time on the details and finishing… but now I know why I do. It’s sort of a conversation I have with the piece… asking it where it wants more detail, is the whole thing balanced, is this detail secure, do I need a stone added - things like that. Strange? Yes, but very satisfying. I guess you never stop learning about yourself. And that’s what makes life interesting.