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Metal Clay Animal Jewellery by Natalia Colman

Metal Clay Animal Jewellery

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Metal Clay Animal Jewellery by Natalia Colman
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Dec 21, 2015 | ISBN 9781782210771

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Library Journal 2016 

Metal clay combines the beauty of precious metals such as silver, copper, and bronze with the ease of working with clay. Metal clays are shapeable in a similar manner as polymer clay, allowing crafters to make beautiful jewelry without investing in metalworking tools. In this guide, Colman (Metal Clay Jewellery) introduces methods for working with metal clay via a series of animal-themed projects. A thorough overview of metal clay properties, tools, and techniques, including guides to firing silver, copper, and bronze clays, starts things out, followed by the projects, which range from simple rolled or sculpted pendants to more involved pieces incorporating a variety of embellishments. Each project includes detailed instructions with numerous photographs. When presenting a new technique, Colman includes a separate tutorial, or “key technique,” which can be referred to outside of the context of the original project. The designs range from simple cats and dogs to fanciful toucans, a copper octopus embellished with silver suckers, and an ornate butterfly. VERDICT Jewelrymakers don’t need to be interested in animal-themed pieces to learn from Colman’s well-designed, in-depth guide. There’s enough information to give beginners a solid foundation, and crafters with metal clay experience will appreciate the tutorials on embellishment techniques.

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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