Glass, Metal, Mosaics & Clay
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.
Look inside the book.$13.99
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.
Look inside the book.$13.99
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
People have carved figures in clay since prehistoric times-so what can artists bring to the tradition that's distinctive? This breathtaking collection answers that question 500 ways with works by new and emerging ceramicists that chronicle the ongoing exploration of the human form.
From rustic creations to postmodern designs, from realistic to abstract, these pieces embody the diversity, imagination and excellence of today's finest ceramic art.
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.
Look inside the book.$39.99
The Backyard Blacksmith takes the mystery out of blacksmithing, but not the magic.
There is an increasing interest and revival in the art of blacksmithing as a hobby and art, and both men and women are becoming at-home blacksmiths. Blacksmithing is a simple, rewarding craft anyone can enjoy in their backyard or home workshop – even beginners can produce useful and beautiful projects on their first try.
This book shows you how blacksmithing can be easy to learn, and a rewarding hobby, with some patience and a working knowledge of metals, basic tools and techniques. Through instructions and illustrations, readers will learn to make simple tools and useful items, such as nails, hinges and handles, and also an interesting mix of artful projects, such letter openers, door knockers and botanical ornaments.$29.99
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.
Look inside the book.$24.99
Clay is an exciting material that has been used to make both practical and decorative items since prehistoric times. With this practical guidebook, learn all the skills you need to start creating your own beautiful ceramics.
Step-by-step photographs and clear instructions will guide you through the core techniques, including pinching and coiling and throwing and trimming. Discover inspirational projects as your skills progress, from simple coiled vases with painted decoration to marbled clay boxes with transparent glazes. Learn how to decorate and fire your clay vessels with myriad textures, using methods such as inlays, slips, sgraffito, feathering, burnishing and resist.
Following the impressive projects inside, you can put your new-found skills into practice and develop your creativity.
Look inside the book.$34.99
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 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$19.99
This comprehensive workbench guide by acclaimed artist Brenda Griffith takes kiln-formed glass to the next level. Chapters cover a variety of advanced techniques:
- Sandblast carving
- Mold making & casting
- 3-D printing
- Making pastels
- And more!
Also included is information on the studio, tools and materials as well as influences from other media. This is the reference you need for moving beyond a basic foundation in the kiln-forming with glass.$52.99
The book covers recipes for making your own lustres and techniques for applying and firing (all critical factors), as well as showing you the results of the author's extensive testing to help point you in the right direction.
Today one of the most commonly used lustres is a resin lustre (known as the 'commercial' lustre) which also contains some appalling thinners which are known carcinogens. There is therefore an advantage to making your own using more natural materials. This handbook covers every lustre that can be made, with recipes and kiln instructions.$32.99
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.$29.99
Mastering Hand Building teaches everything you need to know about building with clay by hand, from the basics of coils and slabs through more complex form design.
From pinch pots to coiled boxes to soft slab tableware, Sunshine Cobb covers all the foundational skills, with lessons for constructing both simple and complex forms.
You'll also find a variety of next-level techniques and tips: designing templates and replicating pieces, lidded vessels, using moulds, a variety of decorative techniques, and other avenues of exploration are all inside. Artist features and inspirational galleries include work from today's top working artists.$39.99$29.99
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
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
Mosaic Garden Projects is a DIY project book which offers straightforward, practical advice on how to create stunning contemporary mosaics for outdoor spaces.
The 25 decorative projects in this book are inspiring original designs that anyone can try at home. A mosaic fundamentals chapter covers all of the essential information you need to get started, including detailed techniques, materials and tools.
The projects start at a basic level and progress to three-dimensional pieces that will add a real 'wow' factor to your garden or patio.$29.99