Sculptural Metal Clay Jewelry (Kate McKinnon)
Interweave Press Inc: She offers detailed instructions for creating a variety of metal clay and fine silver wire elements: components, settings, findings, attachments, 3-D forms, and textured effects that are the foundation of her signature jewelry designs. The technique section is followed by 10 unique projects that combine foundation techniques with one-of-a-kind design elements. The projects include: three-dimensional rings; organic chain designs; and metal clay and lampworked bead pendants. The designs have multiple components made from metal clay and fine silver wire, including not only clasps, chain, and settings, but also moveable and removable pieces, unusual textures and patinas, unique construction and engineering, and creative ways to incorporate beads. All of the techniques are shown with crystal-clear step-by-step photography. For added instructional assistance, the author and her techniques in action appear on the included DVD. This book and DVD combination offers jewelry artists both the techniques and design inspiration needed to create gallery-level jewelry that is truly art to wear.
About the Author
Kate McKinnon is a mixed-media artist who lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. Her work focuses on the engineering of how elements work together, connect, and grow into finished pieces of jewelry. She won the prestigious Rio Grande Saul Bell award in 2003 for her innovative design with metal clay, and has taught and lectured internationally. Kate is the author of several self-published books on jewelry design, a mixed-media book, and a novel about rebuilding Thoreau's dream in a form to suit the digital age - Walden.