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About Sue Heaser
Sue Heaser has worked professionally as a writer for over 25 years and is the author of 18 major craft books as well as a growing list of eBooks that are available world wide. She specialises in jewellery making, polymer clay, metal clay and miniatures. She also writes drama and fiction and has published two musicals for children.
After a childhood spent in the Far East, Middle East and Africa, Sue studied at art college and university in Great Britain. She first worked as an archaeological illustrator before turning to a career as a writer, designer and teacher.
Sue's books have been translated into many languages, from French and Spanish to Japanese and Chinese and she has travelled all over the world to teach workshops and to lecture. She is a qualified Art Clay Senior Instructor and has taken Master classes in the subject in Japan. She founded the British Polymer Clay Guild in 1997 and Art Clay World UK Guild in 2005. She is an accomplished artist working in watercolour, oils and pastels as well as other media, and teaches regular art classes.
Since 2017, Sue has returned to her archaeological roots and is currently researching a book on the glass beads of Anglo-Saxon England, using her beadmaking and silversmithing skills for experimental archaeology. She has also published a book on the watercolours of Richard Cobbold.
Sue is married with two daughters and lives in rural Suffolk, England, UK. She is a keen musician and plays the violin, piano and piano accordion. She also enjoys sailing, swimming - and mountain hiking with her sketchbook in hand.
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Make professional-looking metal jewellery and accessories without investing in silversmithing tools, equipment and training, with this essential guide to working with precious metal clay.
Metal clay is a magical material: real metal in clay form that can be modelled and then fired to turn it into pure metal. It has taken the crafting world by storm in the past 20 years and its versatility and accessibility means it is used by professional jewellery makers and hobbyists alike. Metal clay is available in many different types – silver, copper, bronze and even steel. It can be sculpted, modelled, moulded, rolled into sheets, cut into shapes, woven, braided and carved to produce an endless array of forms and effects. Equipment needed is minimal and you will probably have most of the simple tools in your home already.
This book concentrates on silver clay which is the easiest kind to use because it can be fired without a kiln. After drying the clay, it is fired using either a small blow torch, a gas hob, or camping gas and in five minutes or less the clay becomes pure 999 silver that can be hallmarked. This book will show you how to master all the basic techniques of working with metal clay while later chapters cover more advanced techniques.
Twenty gorgeous projects are shown in detail with clear step-by-step photographs. There are pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, charms, brooches, beads, cufflinks and rings and many of the projects give alternative ideas for developing your skills. Embellishment techniques are shown in detail from setting stones and gilding to enamelling with resin, adding inlay, engraving, and oxidising for luscious colours.
Whatever your skill level and whatever your craft style you will find this a rich and inspiring guide with tried-and-tested techniques explained in detail, as well as the cutting edge of metal clay creativity and materials. A few projects that need kiln firing are given at the end of the book to show what can be achieved if you decide to go further with this fabulous material.
Author Sue Heaser is a prolific crafter who has written over 18 books on the subjects of jewellery making, polymer clay, metal clay and miniatures. Her expert guidance will give even the beginner the confidence and the inspiration to start a love affair with metal clay and all its creative possibilities.
Sue has always challenged the way polymer clays are used and most of the miniatures in this book are an exploration of “other things besides food” that you can make with these marvellous clays that can simulate so many materials to perfection. Many of the models have moveable parts such as a winding handle on a miniature gramophone, a balancing set of dolls house scales and a tiny globe that spins. A unique collection to delight any keen miniaturist or dolls house enthusiast!