Sculptural Metal Clay Jewelry: Techniques and Explorations

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Beginning with an overview of the properties of metal clay, including safety information and metalsmithing terms, this thorough resource offers detailed procedures for creating a variety of components, settings, findings, attachments, 3-D forms, and textured effects. Each technique is shown with step-by-step photography to make it easy for jewelry makers at the advanced beginner to intermediate levels to learn the art of metal clay, while the enclosed DVD offers the opportunity to see the author's signature style...

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Overview

Beginning with an overview of the properties of metal clay, including safety information and metalsmithing terms, this thorough resource offers detailed procedures for creating a variety of components, settings, findings, attachments, 3-D forms, and textured effects. Each technique is shown with step-by-step photography to make it easy for jewelry makers at the advanced beginner to intermediate levels to learn the art of metal clay, while the enclosed DVD offers the opportunity to see the author's signature style in action. The 12 unique projects within have multiple components made from metal clay, including clasps, chains, and settings; moveable and removable pieces; unusual textures and patinas; and unique construction and engineering. Creative tips on incorporating beads are also included. This handbook offers jewelry artists the design inspiration needed to create gallery-level pieces that are truly wearable art.

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Editorial Reviews

Detroit News

Insightful tips and instructions for unique designs that inspire jewelry makers to create outside the box

Beading-Arts.com

Kate McKinnon is a master of form and a delight to read. Her new book . . . even comes with a DVD so that you can have Kate guide you . . . as if she were right there with you.

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"Insightful tips and instructions for unique designs that inspire jewelry makers to create outside the box." - Detroit News

"Kate McKinnon is a master of form and a delight to read. Her new book...even comes with a DVD so that you can have Kate guide you...as if she were right there with you." - Beading-Arts.com

"In the 60 minute DVD, she comes off relaxed and professional on screen and easily demonstrates that she not only knows her stuff when it comes to metal clay and metalsmithing, but she also knows how to teach, something you don't always find with artists." - Tammy Powley, editor, About.com Guide to Jewelry Making

"Kate McKinnon's fine silver metal clay pieces are stunning and wonderfully architectural in design. This book will not disappoint!" - Bead Unique

"As a teacher, Kate McKinnon is nonpareil. The book is perfectly beautiful in its presentation, with excellent clear and informative photographs, whether of the tools you will require or of the projects offered. The DVD reinforces aspects of the book which you may have missed." - Australian Beading Magazine

"Kate is, quite possibly, the best jewelry engineer I have ever met. Her work is not only structurally sound, built to last and comfortable, but it has just that right edgy *snap* to make it truly artful." - Jean Campbell, former editor, Beadwork magazine

"There is something to be said for an artist who focuses entirely on one medium with a relentless specificity. What happens is an alchemy of sorts, a magic that can only be forged from patience, tenacity and the willingness to dig deep." - Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter

"Sound introduction to the basics along with some innovative ideas. The enclosed DVD with sixty minutes of run time is as close as you can get to having a private tutorial session." - MonstersandCritics.com

"This book is great for metal clay artisans of all levels. Refreshingly Kate treats metal clay not just as a stand-alone product but as one of the many tools and techniques that a metalsmith can employ in their design arsenal. Kate's approach is to be applauded and (if more widely adopted) would certainly help metal clays acceptance in the traditional metalsmithing community." - PMC Tips Blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596681743
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate McKinnon is a mixed-media jewelry artist whose work focuses on the engineering of how elements work together, connect, and grow into finished pieces of jewelry. She won the prestigious Rio Grande Saul Bell award in 2003 for her innovative design with the product and has taught and lectured internationally. Kate is the author of The Jewelry Architect. She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Highly Recommended - invaluable information!

    Kate McKinnon offers invaluable insight and tips in her book, 'Sculptural Metal Clay'. It is obvious she knows what she is talking about. I learned some new techniques and details in construction that I incorporated into new pieces. The results are beautiful! Other bits of wisdom from Kate McKinnon spurred new ideas. I have taken some of her ideas and applied them in other areas of construction. I am immensely pleased with the results. I can say with certainty, this book has elevated my skills as a designer. It will stand with a treasured few as my quick reference guide and choice for inspiration. I highly recommend adding this to your collection. It is well worth the cost, and you will love the time you spend reading it.

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