By Melissa Manley
Jewelry Lab makes use of brevity to ignite a fondness for operating the metals approaches and studying approximately the entire methods steel can be utilized. It offers aspiring metalsmiths and jewellery makers how to examine primary ideas that's speedy and enjoyable. as well as the elemental abilities comparable to sawing, drilling, soldering, and completing, the booklet covers texturing, etching, rolling, coloring, patinas, forming, connections, findings, solders, bezels, rivets, and different experimental techniques. This isn't a venture publication; relatively, it truly is an approachable, unintimidating workbook that breaks metals approaches down into very particular experiments, equivalent to texturing or plastic deformation of steel, with out target in brain except to adventure how steel strikes. Readers discover ways to comprehend extra approximately steel, how one can grasp it, and achieve a deep, considerate underlying appreciation for method and strategy, changing into entranced with finely crafting items with nice care.
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Press the rubber stamp against the custom-made ink pad. 4. Stamp your design onto the stippled background of the polymer clay. Be sure to clean the stamp immediately. Note: A fine-textured sponge is used predominately throughout this book except where indicated. You can use a sponge with different texture, but your results may vary. qxp 12/8/06 5:34 PM Page 31 Variations 1 Stamp credit: Judikins Apply acrylic craft paint to plastic grids (found in the embroidery section of craft stores), coarse-weave embroidery-type cloth, and the prongs of a furniture coaster to create this collage of abstract images.
Use a craft punch to make masks out of palette paper, and apply the masks to the painted clay. Airbrush other colors over the clay. Remove the masks. Note: Golden airbrush color will remain slightly tacky on clay, especially if it is applied heavily; however, it dries completely on clay when baked. qxp 12/8/06 6:20 PM Page 60 Surface Technique Intensives Once you are familiar with polymer clay, understand how various materials work on it, and are comfortable with some basic surface techniques, you may want to try more elaborate combinations.
In masking, color is applied around a barrier; in stenciling, color is applied through selected openings of a barrier. You can purchase craft stencils or make your own using punch cutters or a craft knife. Save the cut-out pieces to use as masks. Silk-screening, which can be found on page 46, is a form of stenciling. Materials ■ assorted tube acrylic paints ■ liquid translucent clay ■ purchased craft stencil ■ squeegee tool ■ pan of water 1. Wipe a thin application of liquid translucent clay onto the stencil using a squeegee tool.