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polymer clay
+ wire jewelry

ronna sarvas weltman

lush sonata bracelet

desert abundance bracelet

nightfall in mozambique necklace


Designing Jewelry
Color Inspiration
The Mechanics of Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Rings, and Pins

Working with Wire

Understanding Wire Gauge and Properties
Wire Tools

Wire Jewelry Techniques

Texturing Wire
Creating a Patina
zen earrings Designing Clasps
Coiling Wire

Working with Polymer Clay

Understanding Polymer Clay and Its Properties
Polymer Clay Tools

Polymer Clay Techniques

Curing Polymer Clay
Surface Effects and Texturing

the projects
Moondance Necklace Desert Abundance Bracelet
so much and more bracelet Serendipity’s Sister Necklace So Much and More Bracelet
Nightfall in Mozambique Mama’s Mambo Bracelet
Necklace Twice-told Story Ring
Aria’s Dream Necklace Embrace Me Ring
Ancient Vessel Necklace Zen Earrings
Lush Sonata Necklace Dancing Ladies Earrings
Whole World Necklace Three-Ring Circus Brooch
Springtime Afternoon Bracelet


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Polymer clay in variety of
harmonious colors
Shoe polish
Acrylic paint
2 jump rings
2 crimp beads
Beading wire

Acrylic roller or pasta machine m a m a ’ s mambo bracelet
Tissue blade
Needle tool
Chain-nose pliers This bracelet is so joyous – the wavy spacers and the rich jewel
Flush cutter tones exude energy, and the colors blending into each other make

design notes : it feel as if it’s undulating. The watercolor focal bead adds to the
+ Y
 ou may want to string your discs sense of energy and motion.
onto elastic cord to make a stretch
bracelet. If so, then you’ll want to
make all your discs more or less
the same size.
+ Y
 ou can blend each of your colors
thoroughly, or you can make your
blends a little “rougher” and add
some more visual interest to your
piece that way. Striations in the
blends look great.
+ I f you use different colors, re-
member that different colors have
different saturation levels. A little
bit of black added to pearl will look
much more saturated than a little
bit of yellow. Therefore, you need
to alter how much you add to each
ball depending on the characteris-
tics of the colors you blend.

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embrace me ring

springtime afternoon bracelet twice-told story ring

aria’s dream necklace

pendant moondance necklace

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make unforgettable jewelry
with polymer clay and wire
Learn to create organic, sophisticated, and
distinctly contemporary jewelry by combining
polymer clay and wire with Ancient Modern. Use
a range of innovative techniques to design beads
and jewelry components from polymer clay, then
add wireworking elements, inspired clasps and
ear wires, wire bead caps, polymer clay tipped
head pins, and more for a signature look.

Ancient Modern includes:

• A
 wealth of techniques plus 20 step-by-step
projects for necklaces, bracelets, and pins in
Ronna’s distinctive style with detailed instruc-
tion and process photography.
• A
 n inspirational gallery showing the endless
possibilities for using the techniques through-
out the book.
• U
 nique polymer clay techniques not shown in
other books plus an exclusive design approach
for combining polymer clay and wire for one-
Ronna Sarvas Weltman’s work has been featured of-a-kind pieces.
in Wire Artist Jeweler, Art Jewelry, Bead Style,
Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist, and Step by Step Ancient Modern draws on Ronna’s fundamentals
Wire Jewelry magazines. She regularly teaches of jewelry design, what makes a piece elegantly
workshops in polymer clay and wireworking and “primitive,” and shows how to achieve her organic
has appeared on That’s Clever! on HGTV. She effects, from color mixing to texture effects. Bead-
lives in Seattle. ers and jewelry makers will be making gallery-style
jewelry in no time!
Paperbound, 8½ × 9, 128 pages
300 photographs, 20 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-59668-097-5
May 2009