More Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making: Techniques to Take Your Projects to the Next Level
Chris Franchetti Michaels
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The visual way to get hooked on jewelry making
Unlike other crafts that focus on a fairly narrow range of techniques and materials, jewelry making is very broad; the techniques encompass everything from bead stringing to metal stamping to working with different types of clay. More Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making picks up where Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading leaves off and gives you even more techniques to create new types of jewelry.
Beginning with a concise overview of jewelry making tools and essential techniques, the book gives you technique-specific chapters covering: basic metal work, metal cold connections, sculpting with metal clay, embellishing metal, designing with chain, using adhesives, and working with art glaze, resin, and leather. Plus, a final chapter devoted to example projects gives you instruction for making 12 unique pieces to add to your jewelry collection.
- Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by clear, detailed photographs
- Features a collection of appealing patterns using the techniques described
- Online bonus features include a free bonus project and downloadable artwork and patterns
- Other titles by Chris Franchetti Michaels: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Beadwork, Beading VISUAL Quick Tips, and Wire Jewelry VISUAL Quick Tips
If you're a beginning to intermediate jewelry maker looking to add up-to-the-minute techniques to your repertoire, More Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making has you covered.
when you trim rivets, and aim the rivet end away from you when you make the cut.) 9 Slightly flatten the rivet end using a medium-grit sanding stick or a smooth (fine) cut metal file. 0 Place the components on your bench block with the rivet head facing down. ! Use the ball end of a small ball peen hammer (see Chapter 1) to tap evenly around the edge of the rivet end, gradually flaring the metal outward. @ Check to see whether the rivet is secure. If not, hammer just a little more and then
binding ingredient. Shrinking may be desirable when you want to create a very small, but highly detailed, design. It can be undesirable when you want to make a larger design using less clay. Always plan for your clay’s degree of shrinkage when you design a piece. STRENGTH Metal clay formulations differ in the densities of their metal particles. Denser clays typically are stronger after firing than lower density clays. You should select a stronger formulation for designs that need to support the
clay lightly to slowly form a ball. Roll the ball of clay around in your palms to smooth out its surface. If it continues to leave muddy streaks on your skin, it needs time to dry out. Cooling wrapped clay in a refrigerator can also help. 135 Join Clay to Clay S ome metal clay projects involve joining two or more pieces of clay before firing. The method you use to join them differs slightly depending on the type of clay. JOIN WET SILVER OR GOLD CLAY Wet silver and gold clays join together
with distilled water. 1 Flatten and smooth the two surfaces that you plan to join. The example uses a clay smoothing tool. 2 Use an artist brush to coat each surface with a small amount of distilled water. 3 Gently press the surfaces together with your fingers. 4 Use the wet artist brush to smooth and blend the seam all along the join. If your join fails to hold, it may be because one piece of clay has dried out. In that case, try using slip instead; follow the steps under the section “Join
paper as a disposable surface for the glue while you work. E6000 applied to a pendant blank with a craft stick Adhesive sealers (such as Mod Podge) are typically best applied by brushing. You can paint them onto surfaces using an artist brush. To minimize brush marks, apply multiple, thin layers, and allow each layer to dry between applications. For especially thin paper, like magazine clippings, adhere the paper to card stock first to minimize curling. Mod Podge brushed onto a printed paper