Metal Clay - The Complete Guide: Innovative Techniques to Inspire Any Artist Hardcover-spiral – Jul 12 2007
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A word of warning as this causes some people a lot of angst, the title is Metal Clay, however it should be Art Clay Silver, as the book only details ACS and not PMC. Personally it does not worry me, as I look to the projects or learning something I did not know etc.
The book is small, compact and excellent in it's design, spiral bound always helps in keeping pages open. With 253 pages it is weighty in its verbiage of this art form, however there is absolutely nothing new in this book that has not already been written, many of the photos have been used before in other publications and as for projects - there are four, 2 easy, 2 hard. That's it.
If you are a beginner with ACS only and you want just one book as your reference then this is an excellent book. If you have been working with ACS for a while, I doubt you would find anything new, except to have a one stop shop with your reference material.
It is a very well written book with excellent references for a beginner , from that perspective it does live up to its title as "The Complete Guide" ( for ACS that is).
That there is no discussion at all about the properties of PMC® places this book squarely at the bottom of my recommendations for metal clay books. Sure, Jackie wants to sell Art Clay® but, at the very least, acknowledge that there is another product on the market.
Yes, the book is spiral-bound so that it lies flat when following her instructions but that's a handy feature only when working one of merely four projects, two of which are categorized as "easy" and two "challenging." For the "easy" projects, you learn how to make a stamped image for bracelet elements and carve a design into a stamp blank or eraser. You also learn how to add patina to a completed project. The "challenging" projects show you how to do low-fire enameling, gemstone inlay, syringe decoration, extrusion, sculpture and use of slip.
If you're interested in learning about metal clay, put your money into any of the less-expensive, and more thorough, metal clay books. For example, Sherri Haab's "The Art of Metal Clay" that includes a DVD is a far better investment.
The layout is easy to read and understand and each project has good step-by-step instruction. The book helps everyone from beginner to advanced and is a great reference book.
Art Clay Silver was used in this book because that's the brand Jackie uses, but the instructions are the same, regardless of which brand of clay is used. I feel anyone can learn from this book.
The spriral binding makes it great to keep by your work station to enable following steps without having to worry about the page flipping and it's also a great size for the work area.