Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Yippiee - my new stock of 3M Polishing Papers has arrived!
I used to use these years ago, but I'd forgotten how fantastic they are! They give an absolutely amazing shine to your metal clay - without too much hard work. The shine is unbeatable!
You get a pack of 12 sheets, 2 each of six different grits. They are soft, fabric-like, and give you a really super-smooth surface. And, as a bonus, they come in pretty pastel colours - cute.
So many people have been asking me about these lately, and why I don't sell them - well, finally they're available online!
Posted by Petra at 5:50 pm
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Pam East - Enameling on Metal Clay
Now, this is a fantastic book. I love it. It is exactly the enamelling book I've been looking for sine I started with metal clay.
Enamelling is often made out to be extremely complicated, scary, and definitely not something mere mortals should be playing with. Well, this book puts an end to that. It explains how to get started - it REALLY isn't that difficult.
Of course, if you really want to master enamelling - which is definitely an art form - it will take years of practicing and studying. But, if you simply want to use enamel to add a bit of colour to your silver jewellery - you can! It really is something most people can do. At home. Easily. Even without a kiln.
I'm really pleased Pam wrote this book. She's a lovely bubbly woman, who is passionate about enamelling, and metal clay, which certainly comes across in the book. It's written mainly for metal clay users, but the techniques can of course be applied to pieces made from "traditional" fine silver pieces, and, with a little extra work, to sterling silver.
I'll be carrying this book shortly. And don't forget I run regular Enamelling on Metal Clay classes, read more here http://www.silverclay.co.uk/cour.htm.
Posted by Petra at 3:02 pm