Silver and Bronze Clay:
Movement and Mechanisms
by Hadar Jacobson
This modest-sized, spiral-bound book delivers considerably more than is promised in its title.
Movement and mechanisms for metal clay creations are clearly explained and pictured, and that might well be plenty of reason to own this attractive book. Hinges, bails, and other useful and even clever mechanical attachments are shown through a series of projects that progress from simple to ambitious as you continue through the book. Some require the use of a torch, but most do not.
Bonus number one is the quality of the projects. These are not watered-down versions offered by an artist who would really rather not let you in on her secrets. These are beautiful, interesting designs that you will really want to make!
Bonus number two is hinted at in the title. This is the first book to tackle the best ways to work with the brand new bronze version of the now-familiar silver metal clay. Discovery is ongoing about bronze clay (and there is now copper clay as well) so there is a constant flow of new information, but the experimentation and experience distilled here will get you on your way to using the new materials.
Bonus three is that Jacobson provides a wealth of information about how you can — and cannot — combine the contrasting metal clays in the same piece of jewelry. This is not as simple as we might wish, but Jacobson's guidelines will save a lot of heartache (and materials).
The final bonus is not exactly part of the book. Jacobson maintains a website (www.artinsilver.com) with a blog that continues where the book leaves off, with projects and up-to-the-minute information on metal clays of all types, as well as her own powdered forms of bronze and copper clay available for purchase.
Jacobson is remarkably generous with her knowledge, and her most recent book is an easy-to-use source, jam-packed with information and inspiration.