Book: Making Metal Clay Jewellery by Julia Rai

For eight years, Julia Rai and I have worked together to promote jewellery making.  Julia writes the artist profiles for Creative Fire and someday I’ll get her to sit still long enough so that I can interview her! Meanwhile this prolific writer and artist has a newly published book to share. The book includes 17 project tutorials giving step by step instructions to make beautiful jewellery in a home environment.

“This is the first book I’ve written and it was really interesting to see the process from start to finish. I have to say, Crowood Press who published the book, were terrific to work with. They guided me as a newbie author every step of the way and were such nice people to work with. It’s so exciting to see it finally in print and I really hope people enjoy it.”

The book focuses on fine silver clay and it will be good for beginners. It also includes working with syringe, paper/sheet type clay and paste as well as lump clay. Throughout the book there are tips and hints to make working with silver metal clay easier. Troubleshooting is a feature of each chapter exploring what can go wrong and how to avoid mistakes or rectify problems. Packed with images, this book will provide readers with a solid resource for working with silver metal clay regardless of their previous jewellery making experience.

The book covers techniques for making a range of jewellery items including beads, rings, earrings, pendants and also looks at setting stones, working with glass and metal clay, using embeddable findings and making unique textures. The tools needed to work with metal clay are outlined and there is an emphasis on working with metal clay without buying expensive equipment.

Every working stage is fully explained and explored including working with the clay straight from the package, techniques for keeping the clay moist, rehydrating dry clay, texturing and cutting shapes, drying the clay, refining dry pieces, firing methods and polishing the finished pieces. Various types of embellishment are covered, as are using textures, stencils and cutters to create jewellery.

You can find her book here:
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As well some metal clay retailers also carry her book.

About the Author

Julia Rai is an award winning artist, teacher and writer well known in the international metal clay community. Her work has featured in a wide range of publications and she writes regularly for print magazines and online. She teaches in her home studio in Cornwall and travels to teach by invitation.



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