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Review: Craft Books.
The Art of Metal Clay
Sherri Haab
When I first heard about precious and how to add resin or polymer and not rush to form the pieces.
metal clay (PMC) I rushed out clay to colour areas and produce I can find no fault with this book
and bought a small packet of it. unusual effects. There is also a apart from the urge to buy large
Needing a little more help than section on the use of gold clay. quantities of PMC and make piece
just the firing times that came Woven into the book are twenty- after piece of beautiful jewellery. It
in the pack, I bought this book, eight step-by-step projects is a must-have for anyone starting
basing my choice on the beautiful increasing in difficulty as the book to make jewellery using this
and intricate beads pictured on progresses. medium or for jewellers wanting
the cover. It turns out that I chose to broaden their technique.
very well indeed. Sherri Haab is a guru of PMC and
her fabulous, funky style enhances h t t p : / / w w w. a m a z o n . c o. u k /
The book starts by explaining the this book; her jewellery is simply Ar t-M etal- Clay-Techniques-
different types of clay and what stunning. One of the first things Decorative/dp/0823003671
each is best suited to and then I did was dive in at the deep end
clearly sets out the various tools and copy one of her beautiful
you might need. Basic techniques beaded necklaces. By following
are explained eloquently her easy instructions I actually
with lovely, clear, informative succeeded and sold it almost
photographs. All firing questions immediately to my neighbour!
are neatly covered, giving the
pros and cons to each method. Her clear instruction and serene
It moves quickly on to show how approach demystifies and takes
easy it is to produce unique and the ‘panic’ out of working with
beautiful pieces. an expensive material that has a
habit of hardening as you work
After the basics Sherri explains with it. Through reading the book
how to set stones within pieces I realised that I could take my time
 ukhandmade Spring 2009
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