Artistically combining polymer clay with wire, this distinctive manual teaches crafters and jewelry makers how to create organic, sophisticated, and contemporary jewelry. A range of innovative techniques in designing beads and components from polymer clay are combined with wireworking elements, inspired clasps and ear wires, wire bead caps, polymer clay tipped head pins, and more for a signature look. Explaining fundamentals of jewelry design, this manual also delves into what makes a piece "primitive" and how to achieve an organic effect through color mixing and textures. Included are a wide variety of polymer clay and wire jewelry design and texture techniques, 15 one-of-a-kind detailed projects, and a gallery of completed works.
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Ronna Sarvas Weltman has had her work featured in Art Jewelry, Bead Style, Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist, Step by Step Wire, and Wire Artist Jeweler magazines. She regularly teaches workshops in polymer clay and wireworking and has appeared on That's Clever! on HGTV. She lives in Seattle.Review:
"Ronna's style is primitive, organic, and full of joy. If you've been looking for opportunities to shed the rules and just see what happens, this may be the perfect book for you." - Blisstree.com Jewelry and Beading
"Anyone who is interested in learning some solid polymer clay techniques won't be disappointed...There is also an interesting section concerning designing, covering issues of color, mechanics, and inspiration." - About.com Guide to Jewelry Making
"Each of us has different criteria for a great book. Ronna makes this one work for me with her opening chapters. The information there is more than worth the purchase price. The projects are icing." - Valerie Aharoni, past president, New York Polymer Clay Guild
"Featuring artistic, bold, and organic jewelry, the book is a joy for sheer eye-candy...A delight!" - CraftGossip.com, polymer clay editor
"The author has a very distinct modernist primitive style that I personally love, and if this is your style as well, you will be making some amazing jewelry." - CraftGossip.com, jewelry-making editor
"[Ronna's] signature look, as reflected throughout the book, has a very earthy, natural feel about it. Her book's title is a perfect description of her work because it boasts an 'ancient' look, but with a 'modern' twist." - Detroit News
"I have worked with polymer clay for over 10 years and have always struggled with how to combine polymer clay art into wire work jewelry...Ronna's instructions were very clear and walked me through the wire wrapping steps with ease." - Mary Jenkins, Keep on Clayin'
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