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Sculptural Metal Clay
on 8 May 2010
I already have quite a few books on jewellery making, metal clay and traditional metalworking so I hesitated before buying this one on the recommendation of a friend. I'm very glad I did.
One of the most common questions I get is about the strength and longevity of metal clay products compared to other metals and I've often only been able to give a really brief answer. I also still had my own nagging doubts about how strong metal clay could actually be given that fine silver is inherently softer than sterling.
I'm pleased to say that Kate McKinnon's excellent book addresses this question with every piece demonstrated, thinking about the final piece of jewellery as something which is made to be worn, not just displayed. Yes, it is possible to make enduring designs strong enough to be worn regularly, even as hardwearing rings, simply by acknowledging the differences between metal clay and sheet metal, embracing them in your work and handling and then firing the clay bearing all this in mind.
The dvd included is very helpful as an accompaniment to the book, presented in a friendly way, explaining carefully and never being patronising.
Workshop safety is also covered comprehensively since metal clay presents different challenges than traditional metal working.
Overall I think this is a fantastic book, beautiful projects and well thought out. I'll be pre-ordering the next book too!