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K AT E M c K I N N O N

techniques + projects for mixed-media jewelry


Cor set Stitch Bracelet

Weave seed beads into a supple fabric of sparkling glass. This piece features a combination of two
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stitches, making it both fluid and strong. Youll create the open lacing sections with one-row of right-angle weave, then alternate it with bars of square stitch. Ornament the piece with any flat button you like, or just let the structure shine.

To change threads in this piece, which you will need to do about every inch in your beadwork, weave back through your finished work, and weave a new thread in. Try to avoid knots.

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Edge binding Rams horn or ball-end clasp

 10 g metallic gold size 11 Czech seed beads  4 g matte gold size 14 Czech seed beads  1 flat 10mm four-holed button Gold size O nylon beading thread Beading wax or conditioner

Sharp scissors Size 11 beading needle

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cocktail pod ring

This simple and elegant ring is embellished with a single pearl on an imbedded post and is an excellent
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example of how simple metal clay embellishment on the ends of forged wire can make a dramatic sculptural piece. You can make this ring in fine silver or gold or any other metal that you can draw in wire.

If you use sterling silver instead of fine silver for your wire, be sure to adjust your firing temperature down to 1200F (649C) to avoid damaging the alloy.

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Metal clay head pin

 3 (7.6 cm) of 10- or 12-gauge fine silver or other precious metal wire  2 (5.1 cm) of fine silver 18-gauge wire 5 g of fine silver metal clay  1 to 5 half-drilled pearls or other object to set in prongs Jewelers epoxy (optional)

Sharp scissors Size 11 beading needle

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Variations on the Mod Art Cuff

Metal Clay Treasure Boxes

Felty Screwt Bracelet


Embellished Flat Felt Flower

Rivet Post Ring

Pucks Bracelet

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B asic Techniques Wireworked connections Rolling and cutting Drawing beads Making head pins Sterling tubes Crimping Seed-bead stitches Square stitch Right-angle weave Herringbone stitch Edge binding Beaded crimp cover Components/ Elemen t s Clasps Simple metal clay clasps Rams horn clasp Ball-end clasp One-piece ear wires Ring findings Rivet post rings Wrap band rings Projects Beadwork Corset Stitch Bracelet or Choker Modern Art Cuff Bat-Ended Screwt Ensemble Riverbed Bracelet Felt and fiber Felt Cupcakes Ensemble Felt Cup Flower Necklace Flat Flower Brooch Stringing Two Strung Bracelets Sculptural Tube Necklace Felty Screwt Necklace Wire and Metalwork Kaleidoscope Setting Cocktail Pod Ring Recycled Glass Necklace Treasure Box Pendants

trans form your jewelry

into tru e art forms !
Innovative jewelry artist Kate McKinnon takes you on a creative journey of techniques and projects in The Jewelry Architect as she uses a variety of materials and tools to create gallery-quality bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Beautiful color photographs and clearly written instructions will give you the building blocks to combine wirework, metal clay, beadwork, and traditional metalsmithing to create one-of-a-kind, wearable art pieces. Learn how to combine techniques and how to manufacture a variety of components such as clasps, hooks, earring findings, and ring bases to customize your work. Revel in Kates signature style, an earthy mlange of metal, beads, and fibers, as you make 16 gorgeous fashion-forward projects. In addition, The Jewelry Architect shares tips on the best ways reinforce beadwork, bind edges, string components, form metal clay ring bands, fuse rings, create head pins, and so much more. With The Jewelry Architect, you will learn how mixing techniques and media can create art-to-wear jewelry.

about the author

Kate McKinnon is a mixed-media jewelry artist whose work focuses on the engineering of how elements work together, connect, and grow into finished pieces of jewelry. She won her prestigious Rio Grande Saul Bell award in 2005 for her innovative design with the product and has taught and lectured internationally. Kate is the author of Sculptural Metal Clay (Interweave). She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.

Paperback with DVD, 8 x 9 144 pages, ISBN 978-1-59668-176-7 $26.95, Available November 2010