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Link to Ashbach Designs Ashbach Designs
Whether to wear yourself or give as a keepsake gift, Lauri Ashbach's unique, handmade faith jewelry can create a deeper connection to God and to those you love. Through sterling silver and 14k gold jewelry in the Christian Symbolism Collection, Advent Collection, and others, show a life lived deep in faith, symbolized in a visual language. http://www.ashbachdesigns.com/

Link to Ashbach Designs Bacci Fine Jewelry Store
Bacci Fine Jewelry Store has been regarded as the sole and premiere manufacturer of handmade jewelry.   We have high quality diamond ring, loose diamond, diamond engagement ring and diamond wedding ring, you can find wholesale diamonds and wholesale jewelry prices. http://www.baccifinejewelry.com/

Isabel Art Gallery ; Oil paintings and fine jewelry....
Isabel Art Gallery offers prestigious fine art oil painting reproductions of Masterpieces, fine gold jewelry, gemstone jewelry, rings, diamonds & oil portrait paintings entirely hand painted by professional artists, graduated from Art Schools.....
http://www.isabel.com/

Link to Patagonia Gifts Patagonia gifts; Unique Jewelry & Unusual gifts since 1997...
Shop unique anniversary gifts and unusual birthday gift ideas, exquisite Celtic jewelry, amazing real leaf jewelry, luxury gemstone jewelry, elegant cufflinks, money clips and original yerba mate tea gourds. We are retailers of ethnic gifts, arts and crafts and handmade jewelry since 1997. All of our products represent the finest quality and highest standard of craftsmanship. Every gift is individually handcrafted by creative artisans from Patagonia, one item at a time, ensuring that every piece is as individual as the person who wears it. ...
http://www.patagoniagifts.com

Link to Patagonia Gifts Pinwilz - Handmade Jewelry Candles and Trendy Craft
A leading trendy online retailer of unique handmade jewelry, candles, and crafts. We offer outstanding quality, selection and value. See our handmade necklaces, bracelets, anklets and earrings... http://www.xyz789.net/pinwilz/



A jewelry-related lesson

Clay 101 - The Basics

There is something nearly addictive about working with clay.  It is one of the most forgiving materials around.  There are dozens of natural colors, many temperature firing ranges and textures, and nearly limitless ways to decorate/glaze your creations.

The first contact with clay work might be a student grade material. Available at all art and craft stores is pre-moistened, self-hardening clay.  This material, more like the clay we are accustomed to seeing, is packaged by the pound and is useful for creating larger shapes and forms.  Self-hardening clay is usually available in tones of terracotta, earth brown and/or off-white.  All are moist enough to work well for sculptural applications or handmade vessels/containers.  After the work has completely dried, it hardens to a near-fired firmness.

Although the finished work need not be decorated, it can be embellished with paint.  Tempera paints can be used, but they often flake or rub off.  If tempera is used, a spray coating of sealer is suggested.  The highest degree of success can be achieved by using any type acrylic paints: craft paints or artist quality.  NOTE: If the work is to be displayed on fine furniture, it is advisable to attach small felt or cork pads on the bottom of the item to prevent any color transfer to wood surfaces.

A relative newcomer to the clay category is plastic/polymer clay.  It is one of the most ingenious products available.  For anyone wanting to do clay creations without getting into the more advanced qualities of fine art clay, it offers a wide range of applications.  Polymer clays do not shrink like most other clays.  They can be shaped over any armature that can withstand the temperatures of around 275 degrees.  That opens up possibilities of using things like wood blocks, glassware, or metal as the base for decoration.

Freeform items are quite possible with polymer clay, too.  One little known fact about polymer is that you need not build a sculptured form from solid polymer.  For instance, you can begin by "roughing out" your shape in crushed aluminum foil.  Once this shape is made, layer on your polymer surface and bake.  Whether you use an armature or do free-form building, it is simple to design ingenious creatures, useful items for home and office, decorative sculptural forms, and so much more.  And you don't need a kiln or any special equipment to do it.

But if you are one who would like to dabble with clay, there are many opportunities for you to experience clay from an artisan's point of view.  When you include the possibility of firing your work in a kiln, you open the widest window of creativity with clay.  This group requires the highest degree of investment in materials, energy (both yours and power-wise), and equipment.  This group requires nothing special to create the works themselves, but each item must be first "bisque fired" to remove final moisture and harden the work and "glaze fired" to melt the chemical components of the glaze onto the surface of the bisqued pot.

The clays available that fall into the family that requires firing include three basic groups.  The first is what is called "low fire" clay; second is "stoneware" (mid fire); and last is "porcelain" (high fire).  While any of the three can be shaped/formed in similar ways, each is fired in a specific temperature range and each requires a kiln for completion.

Tools required can be found at any art materials store.  They include slender sticks for trimming, rounded shapes (called ribs) for creating different shapes and smoothing surfaces, scoring tools that assist in joining clay pieces together, and sponges.  Many potters use tools created from found objects: chop sticks for incising, picture wire for cutting, and wood strips for creating slabs of even thickness.

In low fire clay, the color range and textures available are varied.  More clay colors in the low fire range are available today than ever before, even including white.  The lower you have to fire an item, the less energy it takes and the cheaper it is to do.  This has promoted a new surge of interest in this firing range.

Intermediate on the temperature firing range is what is commonly called the stoneware range.  Here, again, there are many colors and textures available--everything from soft tans and golden tones to deep, rich earth tones.  White is available and very closely resembles porcelain clay, but lacks the translucent edges that are generally associated with true porcelain.

Last is the high fire range, the category into which porcelain and certain stoneware clays fall.  Because porcelain is made of very finely ground components, its surface has a rich, smooth feel and is generally revered as the pinnacle of the clay scale.  Stoneware that fires high has a real permanence about it that clays fired to lower ranges lack.

Because these fine art clays do require firing in a kiln, it creates the need to locate a facility that will make completion of projects possible. One such solution is to take adult education classes at a local university.  Private tutors are available in most areas and can be located through local art organizations.  For the more dedicated, colleges throughout the United States have programs that cover every aspect of clay: mixing your own clay bodies, formulating your own glazes, and special firing opportunities like salt and wood firing.

The soothing qualities of clay work are well suited to our increasing need for personal expression and relaxation.  So, wait no longer--enroll in a clay class and start having fun!

This Clay 101 lesson written by Arttalk.com




Other important jewelry links.
America's Gold/Silver Jewelry Gift
Gold jewelry, silver jewelry, pearl jewelry, jade jewelry gift shopping is the theme of this site http://www.ajewelrygift.com

Ashbach Designs
Whether to wear yourself or give as a keepsake gift, Lauri Ashbach's unique, handmade faith jewelry can create a deeper connection to God and to those you love. Through sterling silver and 14k gold jewelry in the Christian Symbolism Collection, Advent Collection, and others, show a life lived deep in faith, symbolized in a visual language. http://www.ashbachdesigns.com/

American Diamonds Forever
At American Diamonds Forever, you can choose from some of the highest quality diamonds, engagement rings, and diamond jewelry at factory direct prices up to 75% off. Shop confidently with our 30 day money back guarantee and free USPS insured shipping on all jewelry. http://www.shopadf.com

Bacci Fine Jewelry Store

Bacci Fine Jewelry Store has been regarded as the sole and premiere manufacturer of handmade jewelry.   We have high quality diamond ring, loose diamond, diamond engagement ring and diamond wedding ring, you can find wholesale diamonds and wholesale jewelry prices. http://www.baccifinejewelry.com/

Bali Sterling Silver Jewelry Wholesale
Bali silver beads online wholesale and cheapest prices for silver jewelry http://www.bali-langitbiru.com/

Diamond Jewelry from Tamsquare.com
Diamond jewelry, diamond necklace, diamond earrings, diamond pendant, diamond ring http://diamond.tamsquare.com

Gold Jewelry from Tamsquare.com
Gold jewelry, gold necklace, gold earrings, gold pendant, gold ring http://gold.tamsquare.com

Handmade Gifts
Timeless gifts is the leading online provider for handmade jewelry. We use only original Austrian Swarovski crystals. http://www.timelessgifts.com

Isabel Art Gallery ; Oil paintings and fine jewelry....
Isabel Art Gallery offers prestigious fine art oil painting reproductions of Masterpieces, fine gold jewelry, gemstone jewelry, rings, diamonds & oil portrait paintings entirely hand painted by professional artists, graduated from Art Schools.....
http://www.isabel.com/

Medalye Designs...
Beautifully handcrafted beaded lanyards, eyeglass chains, eyeglass holders, and more. Practical yet elegant costume jewelry designed for your wardrobe!....
http://www.medalyedesigns.com

Patagonia gifts; Unique Jewelry & Unusual gifts since 1997...
Discover birthday & anniversary gift ideas, unusual jewelry gifts, Celtic pendants, oak leaf brooches, gold earrings, silver bracelets, unique necklaces, key chains, pressed flowers and mate gourds...
http://www.patagoniagifts.com

Pearl Jewelry from Tamsquare.com
Pearl jewelry, pearl necklace, pearl earrings, pearl pendant, pearl ring http://pearl.tamsquare.com

Pinwilz - Handmade Jewelry Candles and Trendy Craft
A leading trendy online retailer of unique handmade jewelry, candles, and crafts. We offer outstanding quality, selection and value. See our handmade necklaces, bracelets, anklets and earrings... http://www.xyz789.net/pinwilz/

Pro Ma Designer Fashion Jewelry...
Quality jewelry made for any women to enjoy at reasonable prices. Fashion jewelry that will offer you elegance style and sophistication....
http://www.zazzoo.org

Silver Jewelry from Tamsquare.com
Silver jewelry, silver necklace, silver earrings, silver pendant, silver ring http://silver.tamsquare.com

United Artworks- Sculpture, Jewelry, Furniture, and other Art Objects, plus ...
The work of an artist who rearranges the natural world in unexpected ways, a process he calls Juxtamorphism. Work in graphics and sculpture including bronze, ceramic, and castable materials. various ... http://users.lanminds.com/~drewid


These web site links are listed as a convenience to my visitors. If you use these links, I can take no responsibility and give no guarantees, warranties or representations, implied or otherwise, for the content or accuracy of these third-party sites.


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