Book Review: Metal Clay 101 for Beaders

Metal Clay 101 for Beaders: Create Custom Findings, Beads, Embellishments & CharmsMetal Clay 101 for Beaders: Create Custom Findings, Beads, Embellishments & Charms by Kristal Wick

The earrings at the beginning of the book have a design stamped, I assumed without reading any further, that could be a free motion quilting design. This book is about upcycling and eventhis purple earring projects sets that intention from the very beginning.

Again, Kristal Wick‘s book has an illustrated table of contents, which gives the reader an overview of what to expect. The thumbnails set out an ambitious and appealing agenda.

Ms. Wick has a 2 page introduction, which extolls the virtues of beads and metal clay. She gives a taste of what the book will include with a sense of competence and enthusiasm.

The ‘Basics’ section (pg.10-37), includes pictures of her favorite materials as well as a description of different things. Or so I thought. I leafed through the pages, looking for the end and found an unbelievably complete ‘Basics’ section. Kristal’s ‘Basic’ section includes the above as well as metal clay tools and materials, a Metal Clay Toolbox, metal clay fundamentals, firing the metal clay, how to create patinas, embellishments, jewelry components and tools, a section on bead strings and stitches and basic wire techniques.

After 30+ pages of detailed instructions, the projects start. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t wear most of these pieces, but I would pick them apart and put them on some of my art quilts! I really liked the textures and shapes of the different designs.

I have to say that an appealing part of these patterns is the variety of textures included int he same design. In the first project, the Birdhouse Necklace (pg.38), there is metal clay, charms, crystal and metal beads and everything works well as a cohesive whole.

Throughout the book, the author shows very clearly how to put the bits and beads together to make the various projects. Quiltmakers could easily apply components of these projects to a quilt project in the same manner and achieve a great look. This book can also be used as a good source of inspiration as it has detailed images of different textures used.

Each project has a good description of the supplies required along with the nice photos. Variations are mostly shown, though not always described. The reader can get a brief idea of what the project looks like in slightly different colors.

The end of the book has a gallery of projects, by different artists, as well as a short index.

Enjoy the colors and textures as inspiration from this book. Thanks to Lark Books for sending it to me.

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Creative Prompt #234: Latte

Some Lattes
Some Lattes

Yes, more breakfast.

Post the direct URL (link) where your drawing, doodle, artwork is posted (e.g. your blog, Flickr) in the comments area of this post. I would really like to keep all the artwork together and provide a way for others to see your work and/or your blog.

We are also talking about this on Twitter. Use the hashtag #CPP

The Creative Prompt Project, also, has a Flickr group, which you can join to  post your responses. I created this spot so those of you without blogs and websites would have a place to post your responses.

She Had to Have Her Latte (a quilt TFQ and I made)

latte art

Definition: “A latte (/?l??te?/ or /?læte?/)[1][2] is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk. The term as used in English is a shortened form of the Italian caffè latte or caffellatte (pronounced [?kaffel?latte]), which means “milk coffee”. The word is also sometimes incorrectly spelled latté or lattè in English with different kinds of accents, which can be a hyperforeignism (a mistake) or a deliberate attempt to help customers realize the word is not pronounced as this combination of letters would normally be interpreted by native speakers. In northern Europe and Scandinavia the term ‘café au lait‘ has traditionally been used for the combination of espresso and milk, but this term is used in the US for brewed coffee and scalded milk. In France, ‘caffè latte’ is mostly known from American coffee chains; a combination of espresso and steamed milk equivalent to a ‘latte’ is in French called ‘grand crème’ and in German ‘Milchkaffee’ or ‘Melange’. Variants include replacing the coffee with another drink base such as masala chai (spiced Indian tea), mate or matcha, and other types of milk, such as soy milk are also used.” (Wikipedia)

I am sure Pam will explain this to me: “latte software for counting lattice points and integrating polynomials over polytopes”

From the Urban Dictionary: A coffee with milk, which costs 5 times as much as a coffee with milk.

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Latte bowls

Glam Latte: Fashion Inspiration from the City of Angels

Latte is inspired by the old synthesizers from the past and is able to produce powerful synth sounds, fat basses, expressive leads, crazy sounds and more.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

World Latte Art Championship 2013. 26-28 June 2013 • Nice, France Despite our name, we’re not all about lattes. But if you enjoy milky espresso drinks, we can help. We love the cafe experience and are interested in helping people discover the best coffee shops, whether they’re looking for a place to hunker down and work, a spot with a nice backyard, somewhere to talk with friends, or some other criteria entirely.

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Latte Art – set on Flickr (blog)

Lattes and Legos