Metal Clay Animal Jewellery: 20 striking projects in silver, copper and bronze

Metal Clay Animal Jewellery: 20 striking projects in silver, copper and bronze

by Natalia Colman


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This gorgeous guide to metal clay jewellery, written by designer and author Natalia Colman, shows you how to create 20 beautiful pieces of jewellery from silver, copper and bronze clays. It features rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets and is divided into five animal-themed chapters. The designs include household favourites such as cats and dogs, as well as fashion-forward pieces such as a swallow ring, bull pendant and swan brooch.

The book starts with a thorough basic techniques section, while the more advanced and inventive techniques are slotted within each relevant chapter. The book also contains a comprehensive reference section at the back with firing guides for a large range of gemstones. This thorough book will lead a beginner through the process from start to finish, and is innovative enough to inspire experienced jewellery-makers. It will appeal to fans of Natalia's other books, animal-lovers, and anyone keen to create personal finishing-touches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782210771
Publisher: Search Press
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 810,934
Product dimensions: 8.13(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Living close to the South Downs, the landscape provides a constant source of inspiration for my stitched textile designs. My current theme, 'A Sense of Place' records memorable journeys and locations, using fabric, stitch and texture. Architectural structures, textures, and patterns also provide a wealth of ideas which I enjoy exploring.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Clays 8
Basic equipment 12
Turning your clay into jewellery 18
Techniques 20
Perfect Pets
Cat pendant 42
Rolling a rope of clay 42
Sausage dog pendant 46
Mouse charms 50
Scotty dog ring 56
Rabbit pendant 60
In the Jungle
Snake pendant 68
Snake ring 72
Elephant pendant 74
Creating a bezel before firing 78
Inserting a small stone before firing 78
Alternative metal-mixing examples 82
Lion bracelet 84
Alternative stone-setting techniques 90
Feathered Friends
Swallow ring 94
Ring-making using a ring core 94
Using live of sulphur 100
Swan brooch 102
Adding gold leaf 106
Tropical bird earrings 110
Using coloured pencils and UV gel 113
Other colour techniques 116
Beneath the Ocean waves
Octopus pendant 120
Fish earrings 124
Using crystal clay 127
Starfish ring 130
Ring-making the traditional way 130
Making moulds 132
Other Beautiful Creatures
Butterfly brooch 140
Snail bracelet 146
Making silver beads 149
Unicorn pendant 154
Dragon pendant 160
Bull pendant 164
Firing times 168
Templates 174
Glossary 175
Index 176

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