Metal Clay for Jewelry Makers: The Complete Technique Guide

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Experience metal clay like never before.

Going far beyond most other metal clay books currently available, Metal Clay for Jewelry Makers covers basics and much more. Inside, you'll explore a range of techniques including forming hinges and beads; working with paper clay; adding gemstones, glass, and ceramics; and syringing, burnishing, texturing, and using patinas.

You'll discover stunningly showcased silver and base metal clays perfected in ...

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Overview


Experience metal clay like never before.

Going far beyond most other metal clay books currently available, Metal Clay for Jewelry Makers covers basics and much more. Inside, you'll explore a range of techniques including forming hinges and beads; working with paper clay; adding gemstones, glass, and ceramics; and syringing, burnishing, texturing, and using patinas.

You'll discover stunningly showcased silver and base metal clays perfected in soft clay, paper, and paste forms. Sue also covers the materials that are often used in conjunction with metal clay, including embellishments, stones, and findings.

After covering materials, Sue dives right into techniques, from the basics to specific advanced techniques. She explores the use of additional materials as well--applying resin, mounting stones, enameling, engraving and more. A section on zero waste--how to conserve and reuse expensive metal clay remnants--completes the how-to section.

Packed with more than 500 photographs, this book will give you a clear guide to both the process and end product or effect. While no projects are in the book, finished projects with tips and techniques are spread throughout and provide inspiration for you to explore metal clay and to use your newfound jewelry-making skills with this innovative material, often dubbed "magical clay."

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Editorial Reviews

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Metal clay is a versatile medium available in a number of finishes, including gold, silver, copper, and bronze. In this comprehensive guide to metal clay jewelry, Heaser (Magical Metal Clay Jewelry) thoroughly describes the tools and techniques used to create a variety of jewelry pieces. She takes a basics-and-beyond approach, covering all the essentials, then provides additional information for more advanced artists. Heaser includes a wide variety of projects, and with the possibilities available for base metal and embellishment, there's something to suit most tastes. VERDICT With its extensive illustrations and step-by-step directions, this is the next best thing to taking a class with an experienced jewelry maker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596687134
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 638,396
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Sue Heaser is an internationally renowned artist, author, and teacher and has been working in polymer and metal clays for more than 25 years. Sue has published thirteen craft books, including the best-selling Magical Metal Clay Jewelry. She teaches metal clay and polymer clay workshops all over the world, was founding director of Art Clay World UK Guild, and the first person to qualify as a Senior Art Clay Instructor in the UK. Sue lives in England.
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Table of Contents


Introduction
Equipment and Materials
Basic Techniques
Clay Shaping Techniques
Embellishing Techniques
Gallery
Resources
Index and Credits
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