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Magical Metal Clay : Amazingly Simple No-Kiln Techniques for Making Beautiful Accessories

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Make professional-looking metal jewellery and accessories without investing in silversmithing tools, equipment and training, with this essential guide to working with precious metal clay.


Metal clay is a magical material: real metal in clay form that can be modelled and then fired to turn it into pure metal. It has taken the crafting world by storm in the past 20 years and its versatility and accessibility means it is used by professional jewellery makers and hobbyists alike. Metal clay is available in many different types - silver, copper, bronze and even steel. It can be sculpted, modelled, moulded, rolled into sheets, cut into shapes, woven, braided and carved to produce an endless array of forms and effects. Equipment needed is minimal and you will probably have most of the simple tools in your home already.


This book concentrates on silver clay which is the easiest kind to use because it can be fired without a kiln. After drying the clay, it is fired using either a small blow torch, a gas hob, or camping gas and in five minutes or less the clay becomes pure 999 silver that can be hallmarked. This book will show you how to master all the basic techniques of working with metal clay while later chapters cover more advanced techniques.


Twenty gorgeous projects are shown in detail with clear step-by-step photographs. There are pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, charms, brooches, beads, cufflinks and rings and many of the projects give alternative ideas for developing your skills. Embellishment techniques are shown in detail from setting stones and gilding to enamelling with resin, adding inlay, engraving, and oxidising for luscious colours.


Whatever your skill level and whatever your craft style you will find this a rich and inspiring guide with tried-and-tested techniques explained in detail, as well as the cutting edge of metal clay creativity and materials. A few projects that need kiln firing are given at the end of the book to show what can be achieved if you decide to go further with this fabulous material.


Author Sue Heaser is a prolific crafter who has written over 18 books on the subjects of jewellery making, polymer clay, metal clay and miniatures. Her expert guidance will give even the beginner the confidence and the inspiration to start a love affair with metal clay and all its creative possibilities.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 222 x 222mm
  • Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 293 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1446308987
  • 9781446308981

Table of contents

Introduction 6


Materials 8


Equipment 10


Chapter 1: Basic Techniques 16


Getting started 18


Shaping soft clay 20


Drying the clay 22


Pre-finishing techniques 24


Firing the clay 26


Finishing techniques 30


Adding findings 34


Chapter 2: Basic Projects 36


Project 1: Impressed pendant 38


Project 2: Sculpted doves 40


Project 3: Cutout charm bracelet 42


Project 4: Celtic knot pendant 44


Project 5: Inlaid pendant 46


Project 6: Engraved dragon pin 48


Project 7: Initial pendant 50


Project 8: Liquid silver leaves 52


Chapter 3: Molding 54


Making molds 56


Project 9: Key charm necklace 58


Project 10: Gem-studded tie tack 60


Project 11: Acorn cufflinks 62


Chapter 4: Beads & Rings 64


Beads without a kiln 66


Project 12: Treasure bead bracelet 70


Project 13: Celtic bead necklace 72


Project 14: Moroccan lamp earrings 73


Making rings 74


Project 15: Classic band ring 76


Project 16: Jeweled ring 78


Project 17: Snake ring 80


Chapter 5: Filigree & Embellishments 82


Making filigree 84


Project 18: Feather earrings 86


Project 19: Landscape pendant 88


Project 20: Jeweled filigree ring 90


Embellishing with gold 92


Project 21: Rock art earrings 94


Project 22: Gilded castle pendant 96


Embellishing with resin 98


Project 23: Pinewoods bracelet 100


Project 24: Mother-of-pearl fan 102


Chapter 6: Using a Kiln 104


Fused glass cabochons 106


Project 25: Icicle pendant 108


Paper clay techniques 110


Project 26: Fan and flower earrings 112


Project 27: Quilled leaf pendant 114


Gallery 116


Templates 124


Index 126


Resources 127


Credits 128
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About Sue Heaser

Sue Heaser is the author of 15 major craft books as well as a growing list of eBooks that are available worldwide. She specialises in jewellery making, polymer clay, metal clay and miniatures. Sue's books have been translated into many languages and she has travelled all over the world to teach workshops and to lecture. She is a qualified Art Clay Senior Instructor and has taken Master classes in the subject in Japan. She founded the British Polymer Clay Guild in 1997 and Art Clay World UK Guild in 2005. She is an accomplished artist working in watercolour, oils and pastels as well as other media, and teaches regular art classes.
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