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Metal Clay Beads: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration (Lark Jewelry & Beading) Hardcover – April 7, 2009
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Easy to follow directions. Great usable projects.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Barbara has written a book that is so elementary in the basics of PMC and other metal clays then provides such well written instructions for projects. Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Barbara C. Svetlick
Barbara Becker Simon
This book blew me away. I have often seen wonderful examples of this artist's creations, but never in one place all at one... Read more
Excellent information! An educational, informative understandable technique book that will help artist type working craftspeople learn the approach metal clay. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Cynthia Pardoe
While I'm still a beginner at metal clay, I have at least intro exposure. my instructor had this book and I had to have a copy. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by legally red9
This is one of the best PMC books on the market. I am a certified PMC teacher, and have tried several of the projects in this book and recommend it to my more advanced students. Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Raymond Cooper
This book is full of great designs, however- I would not recommend this book for any self taught student. Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by Cd Escue
I'm practically giddy every time I read this book! Every page contains another exciting source of inspiration. Read morePublished on November 6, 2010 by Helen
Oh my goodness...I cannot fully express how fantastic this book is! The information that Barbara Becker Simon provides is thorough, clearly stated, and fun to read. Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by Alaina Burnett