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Setting Stones in Metal Clay Spiral-bound – January 25, 2009

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About the Author

Jeanette Landenwitch has been working with her hands all her life. This led her first to an education in interior design, then into a career as a seamstress and clothing designer. For the last ten years, her focus has been on making one-of-a-kind jewelry in silver and gold. She teaches workshops around the world and since 2003 she has been the Executive Director of the PMC Guild International. She lives with her husband Dave in the midwest.

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Brynmorgen Press; First edition (January 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929565291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929565290
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Herber on December 16, 2009
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I teach Jewelry and metalworking at a college and have introduced PMC as part of the casting segment. Although this method has not been sanctioned by the state as part of the curriculum, I still include it. I have been reading numerous books on this process and this book by far has the best explanation on setting stones, it goes in great detail and offers good advice. For any individual that is serious in PMC this is an important reference book to have.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Islandbeader on September 12, 2010
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If you have been working with silver clay and want to learn how to set stones in your pieces, this is the book for you!! Jeanette Landenwitch has done an excellent job of describing the many ways to set stones, including a list of the stones that can safely be fired in place in the clay, and those that must be set after the silver has been fired. A chapter on tools and materials discusses the tools needed for this work and how they are used, including the various ways to solder. This is followed by a chapter to help you decide the best setting for your particular type of stone, including how to calculate and allow for clay shrinkage. The chapter on bezels includes discussions on how to make bezels from clay, PMC sheet, syringe clay, bezel strip, and how to use purchased bezel cups. I had no idea there were so many different ways to make bezels. This is all followed by a chapter on the design and use of prongs, again made many different ways. The final chapter covers the use of posts, straps, pave, trapped settings, stone inlay, channel work, chip inlay, channel setting and combinations of various settings.

Rather than photographs to illustrate the thorough directions, drawings by Tim McCreight illustrate the various steps. And scattered throughout the book are photographs of beautiful work done by many well-known clay artists. Six artists then describe how they made a piece with set stones. And Tim McCreight uses photos to illustrate how to make a brooch with a malachite cabochon and two moonstones.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amy M. on March 8, 2009
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I was very happy with this book -- i have very little metalsmithing and metal clay experience, and was hungry for more information on how to incorporate stones into my work. this book provides a lot of information on various techniques and how to execute them. there's a lot of general reference that's useful to working with metal clay in general. not fluffy like other books i've gotten on this subject. i do wish there were more illustrations that took you step by step through some of the techniques, but there's definitely many many options in the book for setting stones.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. J. McCauley on July 21, 2009
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I want to applaud the author of this book for sharing very detailed steps and best practices that are suitable for the more advance and adventuresome among metal clay artists. Well written and comprehensive with an excellent range of pictures to support the many different approaches, it will be a reference guide that I am sure will become well dog earred over time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Taubner on December 10, 2009
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This book has lists of tests done to see what happens when you put different gems in a kiln so you don't have to test it yourself. Does not say much about bronze clay, but it is worth it if you are new to pmc like me. A must-have for the self-taught. Lots of illustrations. Lots of different setting techniques.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joan G. Rhodes on March 11, 2009
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This book gives you great detail in understandable language for making bezels and setting any kind of stone in precious metal clay. It is a great addition to my pmc reference library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OC Steve on July 9, 2011
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Book provided several options for metal-clay stone setting not obvious to me-prong settings, ways to work around shrinkage and so on; thus avoiding fired-in-place technique seen on so many pieces (looks like raisin in a cookie or worse); opened lots of doors for me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Cavanagh on May 18, 2009
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i am just a beginer and i found this book very helpful with it's instructions and pictures. also found the text very easy to follow
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