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Metal Clay Animal Jewellery: 20 Striking Projects in Silver, Copper and Bronze Paperback – 25 Nov 2015

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (25 Nov. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782210776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782210771
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 25.9 cm
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If you're a sculptor, you may have heard of metal clay, but I'll admit it's a new one on me. It sounds pretty amazing, though - particles of metal in suspension in water and a binding agent that can be moulded like mineral clay. The results here are amazing, too, and look convincingly cast rather than moulded (as they are). Although this is a project-based book, the technical introduction is thorough but straightforward and discusses materials, firing techniques (you can even use a portable gas stove) and some basic jewellery techniques such as stringing and looping. This is easy to understand and I get a strong sense at the end that this is something I could do. The projects are basically technical exercises broken down into step-by-step demonstrations which you can either follow or use as inspiration for your own creations. I would have thought that you'd be branching out pretty quickly and that your confidence with the medium would develop pretty quickly. All round, nicely done and producing attractive results. Artbookreview.net Journal 122 Natalia Coileman is an author, teacher and jewellery designer and you can see this throughout the book. She starts with an introduction to all the types of clay and how they can be used, fired to the egal requirements for hall marking. Natalia also states what brand of copper clay she uses for her pieces in the book which is important, as there are a few brands and you must read the manufacturers recommeded firing instructions as they all vary. Natalia gives a informative list of basic equipment, jewellery making tools and firing tools which is ideal for the beginner or anyone who is interested in giving clay a go. I also like the fact she advises you use a modelling clay before you start using metal clay, as I also recommend people do the same as you practise and gain confidence especially if you are a beginner or you just want practice. The technique section of the book gives you clear instructions how to get started, drying your pieces and firing and also stone setting. I like the fact that a drying programme is provided, giving you an idea on how long your pieces need to dry using different techniques as it is so important your metal clay is completely dry before firing. The firing section of the book covers all aspects of firing from safety to what you can and cannot fire with a torch, gas stove and kiln. Natalia also provides basic jewellery techniques for beginners and for you to use with the projects in the book. All the projects in the book are lovely and very well thought out providing you with a list of materials and equipment you would need and stating the amount of clay you would need which is really helpful if you are on a budget. I also like the fact that there are top tips and suggestions with the projects to help you. Natalia provides a fully comprehensice firing time guide for all projects, also information about firing natural gemstones and cubic zircona. I think the book is very informative and a good book for beginners and those with more advanced skills looking for some fun and different projects. Bead Society of Great Britain 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. Library Journal USA The book is divided into five chapters, including 'In the Jungle', 'Feathered Friends' and 'Beneath the Ocean Waves'. We particularly love the 'Perfect Pets' section with tutorials to make a Scottie Dog ring or Sausage Dog pendant (for the dog lovers) or a sleek, stylised cat necklace (for the fans of felines) amongst others. The cute little mouse charms are a particularly good beginner project as they don't use a lot of clay (depending on how many you make!) and the silver version can be fired on the hob or using a torch. The book includes a comprehensive 'basic techniques' section which would act as a great refresher to those already familiar with metal clay jewellery (perhaps from Natalia's previous book!). However, the projects incorporate several more advanced techniques, which, whilst accurately and clearly described, may be a little daunting to beginners. It should also be noted that many of the projects will require access to a kiln for firing, particularly those using copper and bronze clay. We certainly think that those new to this medium, would be advised to read Natalia's Metal Clay Jewellery Book before embarking on the projects in this one, particularly as some require quite large amounts of metal clay to complete. Overall this is a fantastic book for those who already have some experience with Metal Clay and who are looking to learn new techniques to complement this exciting medium. Additional skills you will learn in the projects include making clay rope, stone setting, mixing metals, adding colour and mould making. Full review and images: http://www.thebeadinglibrary.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/book-review-metal-clay-animal-jewellery.html The Beading Library

About the Author

Natalia Colman is an author, teacher and jewellery designer who has had a passion for jewellery all her life and uses it extensively in her fashion styling work. Natalia has produced a range of jewellery making books including Silver Clay with Style and best selling DVDs Silver Clay Made Simple and Further Adventures in Silver Clay. Natalia lives in West Yorkshire with her daughter Estella. Visit her website: http://www.bynatalia.co.uk/
Natalia has been shortlisted for Designer of the Year award by Make & Sell Jewellery magazine.

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