It's time for another ride on the merry-go-round! Jump on and join a group of artists/crafts-women as they link around the world and tell you a little about their lives in art and craft.
This month's question that myself and other merry-go-rounders will answer is "what is your favourite publication(s)? Is there a book(s) or magazine or website that has become your bible for your craft?
I interpret this question to mean "technical" resources related to how to work with metal clay. While it surprises even me in that I looooooove books and have a wonderful collection of them on metal clay, I think my favourite "publication" is actually an online forum - or two to be precise.
The first one is the yahoo group "metal clay" and the second one is also a yahoo group - "etsy metal clay". Both are forums where anyone can ask questions, post their latest pieces, discuss different aspects of creating with metal clay, learn about new materials and techniques, the business side of jewelry making, or just receive support and encouragement from other artists using the same medium. On the metal clay forum, there are loads of comments and questions every day. I don't know if anyone has time to read them all - but its good to browse through and see what is relevant and of interest to you.
As I have all these books, I will recommend a couple of great ones ....... The first is "The Handbook of Metal Clay - Textures and Forms" by Hadar Jacobson
and the second is "Structural Metal Clay" by Kate McKinnon
Both are great resources and are also quite different from each other.
Please take at look at the responses from the 9 other artists on the merry go round and learn what they read to help them with their art and craft!:
Jenny at Jenny Karlsson design http://designjennykarlsson.blogspot.com/
Nikki at Beaded Zen http://beadedzen.blogspot.com
Wendren at Wren http://thewrendesign.com/
Sara at Sara's Texture Crafts http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com
Marian at Florcita http://florcitasart.blogspot.com
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com
Fabienne at Easterya http://easterya.blogspot.com
Charlotte at FancyPicnic http://fancypicnic.blogspot.com
Lily Pang at Lily Pang Art http://lilypangart.blogspot.com
Ruth at Birdland Creations http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com