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Metal Clay Fusion: Diverse Clays, Detailed Techniques, Artful Projects (Metal Clay Master Class) Hardcover – March 6, 2012

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“(With) Metal Clay Fusion, you may develop a taste, or a voracious appetite, for metal clay. Metal Clay Fusion is fabulously scripted and well-detailed, written with humor that makes it feel as if Gordon was sitting in your studio for a one-on-one session. (It) is full of gorgeous pieces of jewelry and functional sculptural pieces of art by Gordon himself as well as pieces by leaders in the field today. Although the Metal Clay Master Series of books is intended for intermediate to advanced metal clay artists, beginners in the medium will (also) find that Metal Clay Fusion is an inspiring journey and would benefit by adding it to their library of technique specific titles.” --Judy Freyer Thompson, Robert Dancik’s blog
 
“If I had to choose just a few titles essential to an artist’s collection of metal clay books, I would definitely recommend Metal Clay Fusion. The book has detailed explanations, ideas, techniques and of course projects you can follow. It gives advice on how-to (and) provides artistic food for thought and lots of inspiration.” — Ziva Averbuch, Chicago Metal Arts Guild
 
"You and I both know that metal clay is all the rage right now. What makes Gordon Uyehara's book different than all the rest? He's a master at his art, and one of the most renowned and popular metal clay artists in the world! In Metal Clay Fusion, Gordon covers all the basics and some really cool advanced skills from carving to developing your designer's eye. I always like a jewelry book with great step-by-step photos. The photography is lovely, and the whole book has this beautiful glow and positive feeling. Want to learn how to create an intricate focal bead? Or a ring with a hinged top? These are part of this lovely collection of projects." --Lorelei Eurto
 
"What a scrumptious book! With stunning photos of Gordon's gorgeous work, I'm a fan. And Gordon shows us how, step by step! It really is a thorough book on the skills required, teaching you everything you need to know to create beautiful metal jewelry. I learned so much and I know it will be my 'go to' book. Gordon covers all the angles, from a really complete list to put your 'Metal Clay Kit' together and how to use everything, with techniques to take you from beginner to advanced." --Mikki Ferrugiaro
 
“Artistic, fabulous, stunning, incredible and beautiful ... this one is hands down the most beautiful, inspiring book on (metal clay) available. I love the projects. The photographs and the directions seem well thought out. There are no clunky projects as I have seen elsewhere. Every single project is worthy to be called art in the truest sense: elegant lines, innovative ideas. If you have experience working in clay and want to step up your work to high art, then this is for you. If you are thinking about working in metal clay, this book will move you from thinking about it to going to do it.” --Sig Wynne-Evans

“This is Uyehara's first book, and I doubt it will be his last. His work is truly stunning. He incorporates a variety of popular metal types in this book including silver, bronze, and copper. Almost all of the projects are jewelry pieces except for a few that are more like items for the home such as a condiment spoon, earring stand, a bell, chopstick rests, and an incense burner. The complexity of the projects tend to vary, but for the most part, most of them are at an intermediate to advanced level. Some projects also require metal fabrication and soldering, which is also included with step by step photographs and instructions. A total novice to metal clay will find very helpful information in this book, though many of the projects may be out of his or her initial expertise. More skilled metal clay designers will find a great deal is offered in this book that really covers the topic with a great deal of detail.” --About.com Jewelry Making

"Gordon K. Uyehara, uses many, many shapes and designs from nature, or which were informed by nature, in his work. This gives the hard edge of metal smoothness and positivity. I was very glad to see some new and different projects in this book. The book is a wealth of inspiration in shape, detail and design. There are plenty of curves to offset the hard edge of the metal. Spirals, ovals and circles permeate Uyehara’s work." --Jaye Lapachet

“The cover of ‘Metal Clay Fusion’ speaks volumes as an example of the book's contents. The Silver Flora Pendant is alive with many of the techniques presented; stenciling, sanding, drilling, texturing, carving, stone setting, brush finishing, burnishing, granulation, and anodizing are all there in this one design statement. As a metalsmith student, I have applied several of these techniques to silver or gold sheet after completing the fabrication process. But Gordon K. Uyehara takes the wonderful metal clay and accomplishes all of the above in a seamless manner. The finished pendant appears so fluid and must be a joy to wear. He is truly a master, and I marvel at the inspirational concepts and his knowledge of the material. The designs are quite challenging, but the instructions make each and every one of them doable. I would highly recommend this book as a ‘buy now.’” --Razine Wenneker, Rite-It blog

"It’s meaty enough for intermediate and advanced makers — you will definitely find a challenge, refinement and useful tips here. It’s also comprehensive enough for beginners. The fundamentals section is very clear and complete. A couple of projects could easily be done by beginners, and the rest will inspire you as you work up to them. (Gordon's) sense of calm and 'you can do this' pervade the book. He covers design, making and using templates and thoughts on being an artist. Since I’ve been working with metal clay for a long time and own a lot of books, at this point I’m happy if I get just one good tip from a book — from Metal Clay Fusion I got many good tips." --All Things Metal Clay blog 

“Chock full of gorgeous photos. It's like a trip through a museum - true works of art. After a comprehensive overview on fundamentals and lessons on how to work with metal clay (there's even a page on getting your work into juried shows), you get 22 diverse and unique projects. While some of the projects are intricate, there is honestly something for any skill level. This book is EXCELLENT on so many levels.” --Lori Anderson, Pretty Things blog

About the Author

Gordon K. Uyehara is an Art Clay Silver Senior Instructor whose work emphasizes small-scale design and wearable art. His motivation is to create pieces that are familiar and yet interestingly seductive and to explore the outer design limits of this relatively new art form. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Product Details

  • Series: Metal Clay Master Class
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600596975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600596971
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon K. Uyehara is a metal clay artist and instructor residing in the beautiful state of Hawaii. He began his metal clay adventure by taking classes at a local bead store. Gordon became obsessed with creating metal clay pieces and eventually moved on to teaching the craft to others. Since then he discovered the many people around the world who also create with metal clay and openly share their experiences with the uninitiated. His art is strongly influenced by nature, science fiction, and by the artists he admires. Gordon has won awards in local, national, and international competitions and his work often appears in print.

"Metal clay entices me with the lure of simple expression. Yet, I am frequently challenged in the quest to realize my outlandish vision. I seek the efficient movements of a master coupled with the unrestrained playfulness of a child. I often step forward with blind faith on this truly wondrous journey called metal clay. As an artist, the best thing you can do is wake up dreaming." - GKU

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Hot off the presses and already my favorite go-to book for Metal Clay! Gordon is an extraordinary artisan and teacher, and this book shows you how he does each technique with well written instructions and great detailed photos. His easy to follow tutorials will take a beginner to intermediate levels, and intermediate to expert in no time! A must have in your Metal Clay reference library.
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Gordon Uyehara is a master metal clay artist and genuinely nice guy. Both these aspects come across clearly in his excellent book. He addresses a wide range of topics including specific techniques (basic through advanced), projects and mindset, and artists will benefit from reading this whether they are new to metal clay or have many years of experience working with this material. Many artists will be particularly interested in the various approaches to combining copper, bronze and silver clays that Gordon presents, as well as his recommendations on how to construct and fire mixed metal clay pieces successfully. Gordon has a very precise approach to technique and a very relaxed, informal writing style, and the combination is very effective for communicating technical information in an approachable and unintimidating manner. A terrific book by one of the top metal clay artists in the world!
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I have purchased several metal clay books and they have all been informative. This book though tops the all. Gordon is not only a gifted artist, he also has the gift of conversing in language that's easy to understand but not short on information to the reader. I have been making Jewelry for almost 30 years but only recently started using Precious Metal Clay and I'm total blown away by the freedom of design this medium offers. Gordon has achieved the rare mix of being able to engage the reader and make them feel like they can atain their creative goals.
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The author is an artist I admired from the first time I saw his work in jewelry magazines. He has pushed the art of metal clay.

I love this book and its content, but also because he wrote the book as if he talks to you like an old friend, it is a pleasure to sit down and read. He has advice about being an artist, tools, safety, firing, he is clear in his instructions, tips and the photos are good.

The projects cover a wide variety of metal clays (bronze, copper, silver) and even incorporates resin, faux bone and gemstones, as well as how to make bezels, incorporate findings, etc.

You are sure to learn from the making of the projects because they encompass so many different techniques and styles.

Enjoy this book...

Mireille Dalpé Prazeres
Ottawa On, Canada
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If you are serious about working with metal clay, this is an essential book to own and use. It is packed with all kinds of detail information for creating with different metal clays. I find myself reading over the book several times to absorb all the detail information Gordon provides. I have fairly recently started to work with some of the base metal clays which are harder to fire successfully. The detailed explanations Gordon provides has really helped me immensely in trouble shooting some of these challenges. I would love to take a class with him. You can just tell what a great teacher he is because this book lays out all the information in a way that is easy to understand. Yes I am now a Gordon Groupie and am ready to order his next book too!
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This is a 144-page hardback book and it's chock full of gorgeous photos. It's hard not to get slowed down and first look at all the eye candy before getting into the meat of the book. I've just never seen metal clay like this before! It's like a trip through a museum -- true works of art.

After a comprehensive overview on fundamentals and lessons on how to work with metal clay (there's even a page on getting your work into juried shows), you get 22 diverse and unique projects. While some of the projects are intricate, there is honestly something for any skill level. And it's not just jewelry -- there is a project for making an earring stand and a beautiful spoon, among others. My favorite project -- the turtle. If anyone could make that for me, I'd be over the moon.

This book is EXCELLENT on so many levels. I'm gobsmacked by the talent.
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As I began working with jewelry, one of the most exciting things I came across were metal clays. I had assumed that any metal jewelry was either pounded out under heat, like a mini blacksmith, or melted down and poured into a mold. Yikes. The idea that I could form, carve, imprint, and shape a soft piece of clay, and then heat it to reach an entirely hard, metallic shape and color was very surprising! But then, it all looked so complex, I really didn't know where to begin.
Metal Clay Fusion helped me to learn how to handle these new materials for myself. I'm no master, but author Gordon K. Uyehara walks you carefully through each step of using metal clays, with detailed descriptions and many, many photos, and then takes you through 22 original projects. I am just getting going, but I am looking forward to making my own Celtic-patterned version of his "Poisoned Pill Ring". If you want to work with metal clays, this book is indispensable.
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