Creative Metal Clay Jewelry
Techniques, Projects, Inspiration
Written by Cece Wire
Lark Books, 2003
List Price: $27.95
Discount Price: $19.57
Reviewed by Martha Aleo
Creative Metal Clay Jewelry contains material ranging from the instructional to the inspirational. It is crammed with technical information, stunning photographs, and directions for completing 40 projects ranging from jewelry to buttons to sculptural pieces.
Precious metal clay or art clay is a relative newcomer to the craft scene. It is comprised of water, silver or gold particles and an organic binder. I n its clay form, it can be shaped, molded and manipulated. After it dries and is fired in a kiln, the binder burns away leaving pure metal which can be finished in a number of ways.
Creative Metal Clay Jewelry contains a wealth of information on the material itself and the specialized tools needed to work with it. For those who have shied away from the material because they don't want to invest in a kiln, the book includes directions for firing small pieces with a butane torch. It also contains information on how to finish the fired pieces.
This book is a good introduction for those who are considering trying precious metal clay. For those who are familiar with the medium, it is a handy technical reference with practical information and directions for attractive pieces that look like they would be fun to make and wear. I recommend this book for anyone who would like to learn more about precious metal clay.