Synopses & Reviews
Developed in Japan in the early 1990s, metal clay represents a dramatic development in the handling of precious metals for jewelrymaking. Metal clay consists of microscopic particles of silver or gold suspended in a pliable organic binder that can be worked with the hands and simple household tools, eliminating the need for difficult metalworking processes such as soldering, hammering, and cutting. When metal clay is fired, the binder burns away and the metal particles fuse into pure (99.9 percent) metal.
The Art of Metal Clay is a comprehensive introduction to the medium designed specifically for crafters and jewelrymakers, detailing the essentials of working, firing, and finishing metal clay to create beautiful jewelry and decorative objects. Artist and instructor Sherri Haab demonstrates metal clays remarkable versatility, showing how it can be textured, molded, carved, and sculpted to create gorgeous beads, bracelets, pendants, earrings, rings, and other jewelry settings, plus boxes and vessels. She also reveals how to combine metal clay with polymer clay, glass, and epoxy resin to create unique mixed-media pieces. An essential resource for anyone who wants the latest information on this up-and-coming crafts medium!
The best-selling Art of Metal Clay returns Now with an exciting DVD featuring three all-new projects
Since it was first published in 2004, The Art of Metal Clay has introduced thousands of readers to metal clay--the amazing craft product that starts out as moldable, malleable clay and turns into real metal. Now it's even easier to perform that modern alchemy, because something new has been added to The Art of Metal Clay: a great new DVD featuring author Sherri Haab. Haab's personal appearances are popular with crafters eager for new information and ideas, and seeing her on television makes it easy to understand her metal-clay techniques. Three all-new projects are shown from start to finish, all offering an up-close view of the creative process. Everyone who loves jewelry making, metal clay and polymer clay, beading, or any kind of crafting will want this new value-added version of the metal clay classic
- Learn-by-seeing DVD makes it even easier to understand metal clay techniques
- More than 38,000 copies of the original sold
- Author demonstrates metal clay techniques personally--it's like meeting a crafts celebrity in person
The bestselling The Art of Metal Clay returns—revised and expanded to highlight the latest developments in this exciting medium!
Since it was first published in 2004, The Art of Metal Clay has introduced thousands of readers to metal clay—the moldable, malleable clay that becomes pure metal after it’s fired. Now author, designer, and jewelry-making instructor Sherri Haab has updated her classic book to include the most current and user-friendly information on this revolutionary material, including:
• the new bronze and copper clays, with must-have instructions for successful firing
• up-to-date, detailed information on firing with stones
• an improved method for calculating accurate ring sizes
• two recently developed techniques for etching metal clay
• new techniques for adding color, including working with pigments and enamels
• all-new, inspiring galleries of work by prominent metal clay artists
About the Author
SHERRI HAAB is an award-winning author, illustrator and product designer of how-to books and magazine articles for kids and adults, with more than twenty titles to her credit. Her bestselling jewelry-making books include The Art of Metal Clay, Metal Clay and Mixed Media Jewelry, Beaded Macramé Jewelry, and The Art of Resin Jewelry, all published by Watson-Guptill. In addition to writing books, Sherri gives crafting seminars throughout the United States and abroad.