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Metal Clay Beads: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration (Lark Jewelry & Beading) Hardcover – April 7, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Lark Jewelry & Beading
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160059025X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600590252
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barbara Becker has been a jeweller for over 35 years and lampwork/bead artist since 1996. She has a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Metalwork from the University of Wisconsin and has taught at several universities.

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I have been a jeweler for over forty years and a lampwork/bead artist since 1996. I received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in metalwork and jewelry from the University of Wisconsin.

I have taught at the University of Wisconsin, Menomonie, and Iowa State University and was professor of Fine Arts at Edison Community College, Ft Myers, Florida. Locally I teach at the Cape Coral Art Studio here in Cape Coral, Florida.

I teach PMC and glass beadmaking workshops all over the US at such venues as Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Crafts. For the past 8 years, I have traveled the country as a Senior Instructor for the Rio Rewards Precious Metal Clay Certification Classes. In 2004 I went to Japan to teach PMC workshops in the land of its origin. I went to Australia in 2008 at the invitation of the PMC Guild of Australia and taught the wonderful Aussies in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. This January 2010 I will be in Switzerland, Austria and the UK teaching both PMC and glass beadmaking.

In addition to my metalwork I have gained an international reputation for my Lampworked glass beads and jewelry. The third edition of Contemporary Lampworking by Bandhu Dunham features my hollow core vessels on the cover. Formed of Fire by Bandhu Dunham and Cindy Jenkins' book, Beads of Glass, contain examples of my work and a how-to on hollow core vessels.

You can see my metalwork and glass work in such publications as Lapidary Journal and such venues as the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C..

"I have been an artist all my life. I can't remember when I wasn't drawing or making something. I distinctly recall drawing ballerinas in kindergarten.

Within the first week of jewelry class in college, I knew that this was where I wanted to be: designing and creating art to wear.

And when introduced to the world of lampworking, I was gleefully consumed with the drive to create small, intimate objects in glass. Manipulating hot glass is, for me, an exciting, joyful process. When I can combine my glass with my metalwork, I feel that the best of both worlds has been achieved.


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Easy to follow directions.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Silver Metal Clay.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By bfangela on March 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's nice to have more books for PMC fans coming out. The focus, as indicated by the title, is mainly beads. Even if you use PMC for other things, this book has a ton a valuable tips for working with, texturizing, and structuring metal clay. It's a beautiful book. Five stars.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barto on July 8, 2009
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This book has some of the most innovative and beautiful projects I have seen in books about Precious Metal Clay. I believe I have the majority of books which have been published on the subject and this one had an amazing variety of techniques and treatments.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Monte Nikkel on June 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Excellent advanced book in metal clay. A must have for the library of a metal clay artist.
Easy to follow directions. Great usable projects.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Kirkwood on July 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For those not able to take classes with Barbara ,this is the next best thing! Her writing is clear and concise and she conveys a level of love and understanding of the clay akin to a mother who gently pushes her child to be the best he or she can be. She is truly an innovator who gets a lump and a half of fine art out of every lump of clay she touches.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 16, 2009
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Crafters seeking to work with metal clay beads will find a fine survey with over 20 projects for using gemstones, glass and other objects in METAL CLAY BEADS. These are diverse projects packed with step-by-step color photos and easy instructions perfect for all levels of jewelry-maker. A top pick for any crafts library.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Hughes on April 3, 2009
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Barbara Simon is a true artist and has the ability to demonstrate metal clay techniques for the beginner or experienced. I have numerous books on the subject and find this to be the best one out there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sunhotmoon on January 25, 2011
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I'm an advanced metalsmith and glass beadmaker, but I have no metal clay experience. I purchased this book wanting to know enough metal clay basics to be able to get started on my own, but also hoping for sufficient technical information about fabricating more complex forms.

This book is the very best of what an instructional book should be. It is well organized, well written and superbly illustrated. There are many variations on the central bead theme, and an abundance of photo examples of other artists' work, not just the author's. The bead designs are such that any reader could easily find a jumping-off place for ones own ideas. There is sufficient information to allow a metal clay beginner to get started, but enough problem solving information that would also be of benefit to the more advanced artist. The steps are presented in a way that's easy to understand, with adequate photos and illustrations. There are none of the "gaps" of the kind that leave you scratching your head. There is a wealth of information about creating texture plates, and even though photoetching is my specialty I still learned new things. The design of the book is sumptuous, beautiful, and inspirational.

The author has managed to create an instructional book using a very limited jewelry form - the bead - and yet she still offers a wealth of information about metal clay fabrication in general. In this sense it is useful in a very broad way. Kudos! This is exactly what I was looking for. Very highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Verani on May 23, 2009
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Great book, lots of good information. A book I will be rereading for a while. Definitely worth the price!
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