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Metal Clay and Color: Inventive Techniques from 20 Jewelry Designers Paperback – August 7, 2012

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Mary Wohlgemuth is a senior editor for Kalmbach Books who specializes in topics for metalsmiths. Metal Clay & Color is a compilation of original jewelry projects from 20 artists known for their explorations of color media with metal clay: Janet Alexander, Lorena Angulo, Lorrene Baum-Davis, Maggie Bergman, Pat Bolgar, Susan Breen Silvy, Barbara Briggs, Sandra Butchko, Catherine Davies Paetz, Pam East, Joy Funnell, Vickie Hallmark, Hadar Jacobson, Patircia Kimle, Irina Miech, Kim Otterbein, Cindy Pankopf, Cindy Silas, Jewelyn Vanoni, and Michela Verani.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Books (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871164418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871164414
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Razine Wenneker on July 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
24 In a Box

Ice cream cones were special. But, my favorite treat was a "24 in a box" crayon set. At that time, this box was considered to hold all the colors of the rainbow and then some. I could spend hours swiping them across the paper, coloring in blocks of letters, melting and combining them, and generally enjoying all their intrinsic colorful beauty.

I got this same sense of the effect of color when I reviewed Kalmbach Publishing newest book, "Metal Clay & Color." Several years ago I played around with metal clay. Although there were many aspect of the material I found to be interesting, the lack of color to me was a turn-off. Not anymore! This "colorful" book by Mary Wohlgemuth, with a foreword by Celie Fago, is a must see, must have read for all metal clay artisans.

There are numerous projects listed beginning with "Easy keum-boo" where one can even utilize gold leaf, to a series of "Legends Rings" where one is introduced to the use of dichroic glass scraps to create various colored dynamic cabochons.

Color agents such as dye oxides, polymer clay, ceramic clay, and low fire under glazes are utilized in many of the projects. Gilders paste, a durable wax medium is introduced which adds an extra punch to the Flor earrings project. Alcohol ink is another technique used with great success.

This book is a Pandora's crayon box of more than 24 colors for the metal clay artist. Watch out "Crayola" you now have lots of competition.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Briggs on August 15, 2012
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‎"Metal Clay and Color" contains a variety of great projects...several of which include polymer clay, beading, enameling, colored pencil, and more. Even if you don't work with metal clay, you're bound to find several projects that you can make using other materials. Editor, Mary Wohlgemuth has done a fantastic job compiling the projects for this book and I wish there were more books like this on the market. My collection of jewelry-making books has grown over the years and is now quite extensive. Most of them are authored by one person offering his or her own "how to" projects - usually fifteen or more "one size fits all" tutorials, and while some of the projects may be quite interesting, others are often banal. However, when you have a publication that offers projects by an array of artists, odds are that each artist has contributed one of their very best designs. In the case of "Metal Clay and Color", I think twenty heads are better than one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monte Nikkel on August 28, 2012
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A very good compulation of coloring techniques with-in the range of all metal clay artists. Each of the techniques were thorough, easy to follow, material lists were complete and graphics very good. I would recommend this for all metal clay enthusists.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By webb on January 1, 2014
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Interesting book showing some techniques I was not familiar with for metal clay such as applying color to fired metal clay with dye oxides. I am happy to have finally purchased this from my wish list and would recommened it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By talltreesinc on August 18, 2013
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I really didn't want projects (I can come up with those myself) as much as techniques to color pieces. They focused to much on how to build each item and not so much on how to color it. Just more on the coloring part.
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