This gorgeous guide to metal clay jewellery, written by designer and author Natalia Colman, shows you how to create 20 beautiful pieces of jewellery from silver, copper and bronze clays. It features rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets and is divided into five animal-themed chapters. The designs include household favourites such as cats and dogs, as well as fashion-forward pieces such as a swallow ring, bull pendant and swan brooch.
The book starts with a thorough `basic techniques' section, while the more advanced and inventive techniques are slotted within each relevant chapter. The book also contains a comprehensive reference section at the back with firing guides for a large range of gemstones. This thorough book will lead a beginner through the process from start to finish, and is innovative enough to inspire experienced jewellery-makers. It will appeal to fans of Natalia's other books, animal-lovers, and anyone keen to create personal finishing-touches.
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 who is following in her footsteps as an avid jewellery maker.
Introduction 6 Clays 8 Basic equipment 12 Turning your clay into jewellery 18 Techniques 20 Perfect Pets Cat pendant 42 Rolling a rope of clay 42 Sausage dog pendant 46 Mouse charms 50 Scotty dog ring 56 Rabbit pendant 60 In the Jungle Snake pendant 68 Snake ring 72 Elephant pendant 74 Creating a bezel before firing 78 Inserting a small stone before firing 78 Alternative metal-mixing examples 82 Lion bracelet 84 Alternative stone-setting techniques 90 Feathered Friends Swallow ring 94 Ring-making using a ring core 94 Using live of sulphur 100 Swan brooch 102 Adding gold leaf 106 Tropical bird earrings 110 Using coloured pencils and UV gel 113 Other colour techniques 116 Beneath the Ocean waves Octopus pendant 120 Fish earrings 124 Using crystal clay 127 Starfish ring 130 Ring-making the traditional way 130 Making moulds 132 Other Beautiful Creatures Butterfly brooch 140 Snail bracelet 146 Making silver beads 149 Unicorn pendant 154 Dragon pendant 160 Bull pendant 164 Firing times 168 Templates 174 Glossary 175 Index 176