Metal Clay The Complete Guide

Make your own jewelry & much more with this book dedicated to metal clay projects. Learn how to work with metal clay effectively & safely while creating unique, special pieces.
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You’ll Love This Metal Clay Book If:

  • You want to learn the basics of working with this relatively new medium
  • You love creating metal clay pieces & want new project ideas
  • You want to make your own jewelry pieces using metal clay

Make your own jewelry & much more with this book dedicated to metal clay projects. Learn how to work with metal clay effectively & safely while creating unique, special pieces. Jackie Truty goes in-depth with this exciting medium, explaining ’what is metal clay?’and taking you step-by-step into how to make your own metal jewelry. Working with metal clay can be fun & rewarding, provided you have the essential techniques & tips.

There are many design options when working with metal clay and in Metal Clay The Complete Guide you'll learn how to care and handle metal clay as well as tips and troubleshooting for common issues such as clay drying out. This book features four distinct projects: a bracelet, a lentil bead, a box pendant and a ring. Jackie Truty also discusses helpful appendices such as ring sizing, gemstone firing times, kiln firing, temperatures, alternative firing methods and drying times.

In Metal Clay the Complete Guide You’ll Learn:

  • Metal clay techniques including rolling, texturizing, stamping, forming & lids
  • How to make bails, loops, beads and connectors using metal clay
  • Tips and techniques on mixing glass, enamel, beads, gemstones and other materials with metal clay

Check Out This Excerpt From Metal Clay The Complete Guide:

Drying Methods
There are three basic ways to dry metal clay: naturally, by heat alone or by a combination of air and heat. Depending on where you live, it might take several minutes to several hours to air-dry your piece. If you’re not in a rush, this is a no brainer.

If you dry a piece by heat alone, such as with an oven or toaster oven, the heat surrounds the piece. But with griddles, cup warmers and the like, the heat is from a specific source. The metal clay piece will dry first where the heat touches it, and then the remainder of the piece will dry by conduction. If it is heated too quickly, the piece will distort, as some parts dry faster than others.

The third and, in my opinion, the best method, is by a combination of air and heat, such as convection ovens, hair dryers and food dehydrators. Of the methods that combine air and heat, my absolute favorite is the food dehydrator. There are a variety of advantages:

  • Dehydrators are made to run for days, even weeks.
  • They last virtually forever.
  • They are relatively quiet, and they won't disrupt classes or creativity.
  • The temperature can be regulated.
  • The shelves can, for the most part, be removed to allow for large items, such as ring mandrels.
My second choice is the convection oven. The oven's air currents more evenly dry the piece. Plus, you can regulate the temperature.

My least-favorite drying method is the hair dryer. For one, it’s very noisy. Secondly, they tend to be very hot, and they may heat the outside of the piece more quickly than the middle. Generally, there is no thermostat to regulate temperature, other than the ’low’ and ’high’ settings.

Whatever method you use to hasten drying, I believe the best way to avoid distortion or warping is to use the lowest temperature possible.

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SKU Z0363
Product Type Book
Author/Designer Jackie Truty
ISBN 13 9780896894303
Binding Paperback
File/Trim Size 5.625 x 7.625
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This book is very useful for the beginner and the old hand that needs to find solutions to problems. Review by Samuel (Posted on 2/28/2015)
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