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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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There is so much useful information about the different kinds of settings and how to create them. Even settings I didn't think were possible to make with metal clay (basket setting, claw setting, tube setting). The instructions are thorough and easy to follow. I thought I wouldn't like the sketches throughout the instructions, but after having gone through the whole book, I actually prefer them over photographs because I think it's easier to depict what's being described using a sketch, and therefore easier for the reader to understand the instruction.
I could go on, but I think I've made my point. For anyone interested in learning various ways to set stones in metal clay, or anyone interested in learning more about working with metal clay in general, you should get this book.
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.
Minor drawback - the information about gemstones is not scientifically accurate. This is not a real detriment to the overall quality of the book, but readers are encouraged to look to other sources for information about gemstones.
I felt that if Tim McCreight added his name & drawings….well I just figured it would be a good source book for my creations.
Jeanette Landerwitch speaks to the reader very clearly and honestly, (filling in where I did not pay enough attention in my Metal Clay classes! OOPs) Not only am I learning, but this book is enjoyable to read.
I am glad I have this book in my library, and to help me with my current projects.
The author states that 'the goal of this book is to expand your repertoire of stone setting options, specifically for use with PMC.' I set out with this in mind as I wanted to find an answer to the question: Does the book come up to this goal?
I found that it does just that.
The book also helped to update my knowledge of the English language: in the list of gem stones I came across the word 'iffi' which I had never yet come across. I found that it means: it might- or might not work. A very useful word,so I suggest that you add it to your vocabulary.
The chapter GEM STONES is a no-nonsense text. It covers the most important things a metal clay worker should know. It includes a list of tests run by the author.
The more I read, the more enthusiastic I became. There was much to try out and much to choose from. This kept me busy for a considerable time.
The final chapter: 'The work behind the work' gives an interesting view on the way in which several artists work. This chapter culminates in Tim McCreight's 'Steps in making a brooch with stones'.