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November 06, 2007

New book on how to make metallic jewelry from clay

For those of you who like to make handmade gifts for Christmas, metal clay jewelry-making is a really cool emerging technique ('emerging' to me anyway - I guess it's been around for a few years) that allows you to make metallic clay objects and fire them with a propane torch instead of having to use a kiln.  Metal clay is loaded with tiny granules of precious metals.  You form it into earrings or small decorative objects and then the firing burns away the clay, leaving only the gold or silver.  How cool is that?

I've ordered the book and I'll provide a more definitive review when I get it and have a chance to try the techniques.  In the meantime, if you liked working with mud as child or if you've tried polymer clays like Fimo or Sculpey and you're interested in getting a jump on Christmas gifts,here's a link to the book and some nice reviews.


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