Glass, Metal, Mosaics & Clay
In addition to teaching the essentials of soldering, Metalsmithing Made Easy demystifies rotary tools and introduces different kinds of hotter small-space torches. In her signature friendly, easy-to-follow style, the author lays out a lesson plan of techniques to help readers gain familiarity with soldering tools and methods.
In the chapter "The Field Guide to the Rotary Tool" you will learn how to quickly and efficiently, with a simple handheld tool and a few select bits, add professional-quality surface effects and finishing to your jewellery designs. A practice sampler of metal tiles, to be worked on step-by-step, helps to hone skills in surface manipulation, stone setting, cold connections and more.
Once these skills are mastered in the sampler, you can undertake any (or all) of 15 gorgeous projects included, such as a locket, bail with set stone, prong-set pendant and much more.$39.99
An affordable and inspirational sourcebook shows how to add sparkle to your next project.
This treasury of patterns for stained glass projects includes eye-catching geometrics, abstracts, Art Deco florals, plus instructions and diagrams for window panels, lightcatchers, mirrors and more.$17.99
Mini Mosaics includes a broad range of designs, in different shapes and styles and using different materials. All projects are accompanied with an alternative version, following the same method but using a range of different materials and colours.
The projects include mosaics which are fridge magnets, wall hangings, coasters, mirror frames, jewellery and paperweights and many more. Materials are readily available from craft stores, online mosaic suppliers, or simply sourced from charity shops or collected while you're out on a walk!
These designs are accessible to all ages and suitable for all abilities, these projects are perfect for those who are new to mosaics, love the designs or simply want to have a go, as well as more experienced mosaicists who are looking for new ideas and inspiration. Aimee Harman uses materials and techniques that make the projects ideal for children, under adult supervision.
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These 20 simple, easy-to-make jewellery pieces, including brooches, necklaces and bracelets, are all based on the simplest technique for embossing sheet pewter – low-relief embossing. The pewter is combined with semi-precious stones and beads; glued to other materials such as wood, plastic and little scraps of fabric; and coloured with glass paints, giving the finished pieces a bright, colourful, contemporary feel.
Each project is accompanied by a beautiful, full-colour photograph of the finished piece; clear, step-by-step instructions; lists of the materials and equipment needed; and templates (where required). Two versions of each project are included, each made by following the same step-by-step instructions but by varying the embellishments, materials or colours used.
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Art that delights the sense and reflects how varied our perception of the cup can be. Lavish colour photos capture the work of master ceramists and reveal the limitless artistic potential of the cup. From hand built to wheel thrown, functional to sculptural, round, square, organic or avante-guarde, these cups are unique expressions of ceramic mastery. Whether inspired by ancient pottery or contempary conceptual art, the works in this eclectic collection reflect today's best possibilities.$34.99
Features 104 stained glass projects using all the well-known themes of Art Nouveau: swirling forms, florals, peacocks, and sensuous women.
An ideal sourcebook to be used whole or in part for windows, panels, lampshades, mirrors, frames, mobiles or other craft projects.$17.99
The art of soldering – permanently joining metal components with a torch and solder – is seen as a challenge by many crafters. But this book makes it an easy-to-learn technique for creating beautiful jewellery projects.
The book features clear instructions for jewellers of all levels, from the hobbyist to the experienced maker who is looking to expand their soldering skills. It includes pre- and post-soldering techniques, safety procedures, essential equipment and materials required, along with tips and tricks of the trade from leading jewellers.
Plus there are 15 inspiring step-by-step jewellery projects, including rings, necklaces, chains, earrings, bangles and more.
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The elegant simplicity of the Arts and Crafts style is applied to a wonderful variety of floral and foliate designs ranging from an ornate bowl of asters to other natural images (swan, fish, starburst).
Framed by oval, square rectangular, round and half-round borders, the 73 permission-free designs are easily adapted for use in a variety of crafts.$17.99
Dorothy Cockrell encourages readers to enjoy the delights of this exciting and gratifying craft.
- Easy step-by-step photographs and instructions guide you through all the different techniques, illustrating how beautiful and unusual effects can be achieved once the basic principles have been learnt
- Discusses how to prepare the metal, choosing and mixing colours and firing methods
- More advanced techniques are also included: stencilling, drawing on enamel, sgrafitto, using rubber stamps, working with gold and silver leaf, and more
- Make jewellery, decorate boxes, create pictures, embellish bowls and produce many unique designs – the vibrant colours and wonderful textures will make you want to experiment and develop your own projects
Packed with stimulating and innovative ideas, this book will appeal to beginners who want to start a fascinating new craft, and it will also inspire anyone interested in the art of enamelling.
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From decorative pieces to the beautiful but functional, to sculptural works pushing the boundaries of the medium, Clay surveys the rich creative output of 50 of the top studio potters from around the world.
The book is a celebration of a new generation of artisans working in clay, a snapshot not necessarily of what is happening at the elite gallery level but rather a behind-the-scenes look at unique and eclectic offerings, both functional and sculptural, from small studios around the world.$59.99
With clear step-by-step sequences, mosaic artist Bonnie Fitzgerald shows how to draw up an idea, cut and arrange tiles, and finish designs successfully. You'll also find expert tips from some of the world's leading mosaic artists dropped in throughout the book.
Discover how to find inspiration, and to coordinate colour and pattern in your designs, using a wide range of materials – from vitreous glass tiles to pebbles and shells, recycled pottery, ceramic tiles, decorative stones, millefiori and diamanté.
All tools, materials, and equipment are clearly explained, and you'll find helpful hints on setting up a comfortable workspace, as well as essential information on mounting your finished mosaics.
- A complete resource for mosaic techniques
- Contributions from 40 international artists
- Clear, step-by-step instructions for each mosaic piece
The Encyclopedia of Mosaic Techniques shares the ancient methods for creating decorative artwork with mosaic tiles. This visual directory helps you transform your pottery, furniture, walls and floors with fabulous creative mosaics.
Learn foolproof techniques for getting colours to work together to create dynamic designs. It needn't be expensive: find out how to work with improvised mosaic tiles, such as pebbles, coloured glass and other found materials.
- An A–Z of 28 techniques
- A gallery of over 30 beautiful examples of mosaic artwork to inspire
- Includes expert tips and advice on everything you need to know about the art
For studio artists, production potters, students, educators and hobbyists who love working with clay, this project-driven guide is an unmatched teaching tool and a fount of information and inspiration.
Focusing on various surface processes and encompassing skills ranging from letterpress and printmaking to drawing and painting, it offers a wealth of techniques for transferring images onto clay vessels. The book addresses such topics as staining sculptural work, glazing, brush application, screen-printing patterns on pottery and slip, drawing, bisque, decal and stencils.
Question-and-answer sessions with top artists show how they developed their signature method and personal style so that you can discover your own!$39.99
This classic how-to jewellery book from internationally renowned author Mary Hettmansperger demonstrates easy, effective ways to embellish common metal jewellery.
She shows you how to:
- Use paints, pencils and dips to achieve dramatic colour
- Apply foils, resins, mica and other materials to alter the surface
- Work with unusual techniques, like the ancient Korean art of Keum Boo, to create a gold-gilt effect
Rings, bracelets, necklaces and pins – virtually any piece can become individualized and breathtaking.$39.99
Packed with clear step-by-step instructions, you will learn how to use free-form techniques and bead-rolling tools to create several styles. Unusual shapes, sculpted effects, simulations of semi-precious stones, photo image transfers and use of glitter and organic material mean the beads you make will be unique. And with practice, they will look professionally hand-crafted. Features include:
- 35 step-by-step projects
- Finishing techniques, such as sanding, buffing and sealing, are described
- Detailed instructions on how to create stylish and individual pieces of jewellery, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings
- Basic jewellery-making techniques, such as stringing and fixing clasps, lead on to assembly advice
Beginners and more advanced practitioners alike will find both practical advice and inspiration.$29.99$17.99
This book features a collection of techniques beginning with basics such as making pinch pots, coil building and slab construction to more advanced techniques such as throwing and mould-making.
All techniques are followed by several inspiring projects such as the square-slabbed dish and square porcelain wall boxes. Each project is designed to appeal to both the beginner and the seasoned potter. In addition to step-by-step instructions for all techniques, it features a history of the subject and information about various clays and kilns.$22.99
A 21st-century retrospective of the life & work of the world's greatest glassmaker, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). Text & 100s of archival & colour photos of his stained glass windows, lampshades; metalwork, enamel, pottery & glass vessels; mosaic panels, furniture, wallpaper, textiles, jewellery & paintings (often a theme or other artist's work [eg Toulouse-Lautrec] is in diverse media).$99.95$49.95
Delve into the world of air-dry clay crafting with 20 beautiful, easy-to-make projects that are suitable for all skill levels. Air dry clay looks, feels and performs like traditional clay but requires no oven bake or fire; professional-looking ceramics can be made in the reader's own kitchen without the need for a kiln.
Each project comes with step-by-step photos and detailed, easy-to-follow instructions. The book also includes instructions for all the core techniques, plus traceable templates. In no time beautiful homewares and jewellery can be created that will be sure to impress.$25.99
Take your potter's wheel to the next level.
Mastering the Potter's Wheel takes readers through all of the basics, from centring to mastering the basic forms. What pushes this book beyond the competition, however, are the techniques offered in the chapters that follow.
From a variety of methods for throwing large objects out of clay, such as pitchers and platters to alterations, darting and paddling, this book offers potters a world of possibilities. With inspirational guest features from today's top working artists, this book is the new gold standard for potters and pottery studios everywhere.$39.99
This guide to metal clay jewellery features silver, copper and bronze clays. It is thorough enough to lead a beginner through the process from start to finish, but innovative enough to inspire even experienced jewellery-makers.
There are 17 jewellery projects including rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and decorative clasps. Many of the projects include ideas for adapting the project or producing it in other metals. The author uses the clays in often new and innovative ways, such as using hand-drawn scratch-foam reliefs to create texture, oven-bake enamel to create colour, and, for those who like to adapt their jewellery according to their mood, she uses nuts and bolts to create a stunning ring with interchangeable heads.
A reference section includes firing guides for a large range of gemstones, ensuring that you are well-equipped to go on to design and make exactly the kind of jewellery you want.$39.99
This book will allow you to master the core techniques and show you how metal clay could keep you creatively engaged for a lifetime of jewellery making. Whatever your skill level and whatever your craft style, you'll find this a rich and inspiring guide filled with tried and tested methods.
- Every technique is show in detail with clear step-by-step photographs
- Written and demonstrated by one of the world's most highly regarded metal-clay teachers