Magical Metal Clay

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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