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Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry (Picture Yourself) [Paperback]

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Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 7, 2008
Publisher   Course Technology PTR
ISBN  1598635069  
EAN  9781598635065  

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Unlock the secrets of creating your very own metal clay components and unique finished creations with "Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry: Step-by-Step Instruction for Forming, Firing, and Constructing Finished Jewelry." This book provides you with all the tools, techniques, and information you need to produceone-of-a-kind metal clay necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more at home. After a brief introduction to the basics of metal clay, you'll learn about all of the tools and supplies you'll need to gather together, such as files, wire cutters, craft knives, and polishing cloths. You'll also spend some time examining the available firing equipmentand techniques with a focus on low-fire clays, which only require an inexpensive hand-held butane torch or hot-pot. Once you have the metal clay tools together, the book will show you how to set up a safe, clean work area where you can create your jewelry components and finished pieces. You are now ready to roll, cut, fire, and finish your metal clay into usable beads, charms, and more. Information on basic jewelry making techniques and findings will help you put it all together as you get ready tocreate your own metal clay jewelry following the 14 projects plus additional project variations included in the book. All skills and techniques are taught using clear, step-by-step instructions illustrated by full-color photographs. A full-color gallery of finished pieces by metal clay artists will provide ideas and inspiration, while a helpful list ofvendors will help you find the supplies you need. And the accompanying DVD includes videos that offer directions for 2 bonus projects not taught in the book! "Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry" shows aspiring jewelry designers how to make distinctive, wearable works of art, from concept to completion.

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More About Tammy Powley

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tammy Powley is a jeweler, teacher, and writer. She is the author of Rockport's Making Designer Gemstone and Pearl Jewelry (2003), a frequent contributor to Jewelry Crafts magazine, and the host and manager of's jewelry-making website for which she writes regular columns. She resides in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Tammy Powley currently resides in St. Lucie, in the state of Florida.

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All you need to get started working with metal clay  Aug 15, 2008
I wish I had had this book when I started working with metal clay. The author is a very good teacher. The sections from start-up to completed projects are very clearly written, providing a huge amount of information on pretty much every aspect of getting started in this medium. If you are thinking of trying out metal clay, or have already started but have questions about working with the clay, this book will be a terrific investment for you.

I was particularly impressed with the amount of time the author devotes to tools and set-up. I have not seen this level of detail in any other metal clay book, and I have read quite a few of them. Much of what I have had to learn over time is set out here.

The projects themselves are all suitable for the beginner, while at the same time providing instructions to create attractive pieces. My favorite is probably "Star Attraction", a charm bracelet with plenty of simple, light-hearted star charms. This is a five-finger exercise in working with metal clay, a project that will allow a beginner to practice basic skills and get a feel for working with the clay and some of the tools (here, the star-shaped punch, for example). At the same time, the design of the bracelet is solid - a cute summery piece of jewelry that I would certainly be happy to wear out.

For the sake of full disclosure, I need to say that I do have two necklaces in the Gallery section of this book (as well as a photo of my messy garage, where my kiln is located). However, I had no information on the actual projects or chapters in the book prior to buying my copy from this site. I have been incredibly pleased with its high quality. I consider it a valuable addition to my craft library, and I know I will be referring to it and recommending it for years to come.
Metal Clay Book Review  Aug 11, 2008
I purchased this book because I am featured in the gallery section. I would say for a beginner this is a fairly good book. If you would like to make metal clay jewelry at home with few tools this will give you what you need. It doesn't offer as much inspiration as I would like to see in a jewelry book but if you are just starting out this will do.

A "gotta have" book for the beginner PMC artist  Jun 22, 2008
If you've been thinking that Precious Metal Clay might be too difficult for you to attempt, then this is definitely the book for you.
I've known Tammy for a few years now having worked with her. She is, in fact, the reason I started jewelrymaking. When I would admire a certain pair of earrings she would be wearing or maybe a necklace she had just finished, she would always say "You can do that". So I bought all of her books and because they are always so well written, directions so easy to follow, and jewelry so beautifully illustrated she's made it possible for everyone to design and create their own jewelry. So when she asked me to submit a few of my pieces for her new book on metal clay I eagerly did so knowing I would be pleased with the final results. The book, however, far exceeds my expectations.
Tammy's book helps take the fear and guesswork out of what to do with that ugly little lump of clay and she shows you that you can turn out a beautiful piece of jewelry the first time out. I've been doing metal clay for over a year, own three books on the subject, but I wish I had this one starting out. Others have left me feeling I "missed" something in the directions. It is so easy to follow, directions so clear and detailed that I firmly believe that this will be the new Metal Clay Jewelry bible. And the added DVD is really a plus! I think this is Tammy's best book yet.
Metal Clay Magic!  Jun 20, 2008

Tammy Powley, the resident jewelry making expert at, is an incredibly bright and talented woman. She's very well respected in the jewelry and craft industries and she's a college professor with a strong command of language and excellent technical writing skills. It's no surprise that her new book Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry is phenomenal. If you've been standing on the edge of diving into the world of metal clay, wait no longer. Ms. Powley will take your hand and guide you step by step in this extensive guide to absolutely everything you need to know to get started.

From tools, techniques, materials and sound advice, this book is in my opinion the ultimate guide for the metal clay novice and has plenty to offer for those who already dabble in this fascinating medium. Not only are the instructions clear, well written and easy to follow, the photographs guide you effortlessly through the basics so that you can be well on your way to mastering this medium. There's a DVD included with bonus projects and video footage that solidifies the information in the book beautifully.

Tammy Powley is someone whom I, as a fellow jewelry making book author, respect immensely. She's proven time and time again that she is a force with whom to be reckoned and here she does it again. She's got that rare gift of knowing how to articulate things in a way that everyone can understand and her subtle humor makes reading this book a joy.

I particularly enjoyed the wonderful photographs of artist's studios, what a treat! The fabulous projects shared by Ms. Powley along with several metal clay masters were truly inspirational. Many craft books skirt across the surface of a discipline or they are so advanced they can be daunting to the neophyte. Ms. Powley has taken all of the mystery and frustration out of learning something new and made it a true pleasure.

I highly recommend this title become an addition to your craft library. This is one you'll read from cover to cover and reference endlessly. Kudos to Ms. Powley for making the definitive beginners Metal Clay book!

Margot Potter
The Impatient Crafter(tm)
Author The Impatient Beader series
The "Can Do" Book for Metal Clay Enthusiasts!  Jun 12, 2008
I really like the positive title of this book, written by Tammy Powley: Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry.
When I read the title, I felt as if the daunting aspects and the confusion people might experience when confronted by metal clay were immediately whisked away and replaced with the reassurance of a voice which said "You CAN do this!"

This "Can-Do!" sort of attitude is a wonderful one which the author conveys. It runs all the way through the book!

The cover shows some of the many aspects of working with metal clay, and some finished jewelry pieces as well. Indeed, Tammy has made sure to take the reader right from the very beginning of learning what tools and equipment and safety concerns will be required, to the final aspects of super fun created pieces in a wonderfully cohesive manner. She is an experienced jewelry designer, a well known author of numerous jewelry design books, and a member of the PMC Guild. Who better to write this almost encyclopedic, yet always interesting, metal clay book?
It is fascinating as well to learn through viewing other artist's studios, and other artist's work, the incredible variety you too will be able to accomplish, once you get the basics down.

I want to stress that this book is basically a "low fire" metal clay book. This means that the projects in the book (and also in the fantastic bonus DVD, which I loved!) which are demonstrated by Tammy, use ways of firing metal clay which usually do not involve a kiln. For example, a hot pot and a butane torch are two of the ways which are utilized in the book. Both are used outdoors for proper ventilation and for safety!
If you low fire metal clay, there is a limit to the thickness of the jewelry piece you can create. A kiln is required for weightier pieces. You will discover, by reading this book, information like this. It will be presented to you in a very clear manner. Why not buy this book and see how you like metal clay before sinking a ton of money into a kiln? It is really logical to try this method first. By the way, you will LOVE metal clay! It is SO FUN!

I think Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry, by Tammy Powley, with its inspiring photo gallery from many artists who were kind enough to display their metal clay creations and their studios, its "down to earth manner" of how to make your own pieces, its great list of tools, tips and techniques, the inclusion of some fantastic findings you can teach yourself to make (Tammy does it all!), and finally some wonderful, accessible and very lovely low fire projects, such as "ID ME" and "Y-You are a Star", AS WELL AS (I am getting out of breath here!) gallery projects with instructions by guest artists, for those of you who do have a kiln to use in some cases, is a terrific starter book, reference book, reminder (if you already use metal clay) book, inspiration book, and get it all going on book! Yes! You can DO it with this great book, Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry!

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