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Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jeweleryby Tammy Powley
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Unlock the secrets of creating your very own metal clay components and unique finished creations with "Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry: Step-by-Step Instruction for Forming, Firing, and Constructing Finished Jewelry." This book provides you with all the tools, techniques, and information you need to produceone-of-a-kind metal clay necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more at home. After a brief introduction to the basics of metal clay, you'll learn about all of the tools and supplies you'll need to gather together, such as files, wire cutters, craft knives, and polishing cloths. You'll also spend some time examining the available firing equipmentand techniques with a focus on low-fire clays, which only require an inexpensive hand-held butane torch or hot-pot. Once you have the metal clay tools together, the book will show you how to set up a safe, clean work area where you can create your jewelry components and finished pieces. You are now ready to roll, cut, fire, and finish your metal clay into usable beads, charms, and more. Information on basic jewelry making techniques and findings will help you put it all together as you get ready tocreate your own metal clay jewelry following the 14 projects plus additional project variations included in the book. All skills and techniques are taught using clear, step-by-step instructions illustrated by full-color photographs. A full-color gallery of finished pieces by metal clay artists will provide ideas and inspiration, while a helpful list ofvendors will help you find the supplies you need. And the accompanying DVD includes videos that offer directions for 2 bonus projects not taught in the book! "Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry" shows aspiring jewelry designers how to make distinctive, wearable works of art, from concept to completion.
Providing all the tools, techniques, and information needed to produce one-of-a-kind metal clay necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more at home, this resource teaches skills and techniques through clear instructions illustrated by full-color photographs. A full-color gallery of finished pieces by metal clay artists provides ideas and inspiration, while a helpful list of vendors will help locate supplies. The accompanying DVD includes videos that offer directions for two bonus projects not taught in the book.
Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1: About Metal Clay Chapter 2: Tools and Supplies for Metal Clay o files o burnishing brush o sculpting tools o slip jar o sand paper o roller o deck of playing cards o craft knife o various pliers o wire cutters o plastic straws o brushes o polishing cloth Chapter 3: Firing EquipmentandTechniques Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Work Areas Chapter 5: Basic Metal Clay TipsandTechniques o how to roll the clay out o cutting clay; drying clay o storing clay properly o using rubber stamps o using texture plates o using cork clay o making slip o sanding clay o filing finished clay o burnishing finished clay o oxidizing finished clay. Chapter 6: Basic Jewelry TechniquesandFindings o Crimp beads o Bead tips o Jump rings o Eye Pins o Clasps o Ear hooks o Unwrapped wire loops o Wrapped wire loops Chapter 7: Metal Clay Jewelry Projects 1. ID Bracelet: The center piece is a metal clay oval component with initials etched on it. On either side of the oval are leather straps for the bracelet, which is finished off with a silver clasp. 2. Textured Dog It Necklace: A possible jewelry item for the guys, this necklace includes a textured dog-tag style pendant which hangs from a silver chain. 3. Get Charmed Bracelet: Small silver charms fashioned from metal clay dangled from a silver link bracelet. The charms are interspersed with crystal bead dangles as well. 4. Have a Ball Earrings: Hollow silver metal clay balls are attached to fine silver wire that is then fashioned into ear hooks. 5. Tubular Beads: These tube shaped beads are decorated with dots of silver and then strung on a beaded gemstone necklace. 6. Button Pattern Earrings: Buttons are used to imprint a pattern into the clay and then the finished pieces are fired and transformed into earrings. 7. Happiness Pendant: A Chinese happiness symbol is stamped into the clay. The pendant hangs from a leather cord creating a unisex jewelry design. 8. Two-Tone Earrings: Silver metal clay geometric-shaped dangles are mixed with pearls and gold-filled findings to create a two-tone metal affect. 9. Cookie Beads: These small beads are constructed using tiny cutters, normally used for polymer clay. The finished beads are then combined with other jewelry components to make a fun phone charm. 10. Organic Earrings: Real leaves are rolled into the clay and then cut around to create a leaf impression before they are transformed into earrings. 11. Power of Love Charm: An off-center free-form charm is decorated with squiggles of clay and finished off with a wire hook at the top. 12. Snake Pendant: Clay is rolled into a tube and then curled into a snake shape to create a pendant which is then strung up with crystal and gemstone beads. Chapter 8: Metal Clay Gallery The gallery will include a variety of finished metal clay jewelry designs provided by guest artists. This will allow the beginner to see the potential of the medium as well as give inspiration and possible design ideas for readers' own future projects. Chapter 9: Metal Clay Resources A list of vendors and informative resources will be included in this section. Vendors who might provide supplies for projects in the text will receive special note.
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