Making Metal Beads by Pauline Warg is excellent and inspiring.
The book contains some tips for production work, such as an efficient way to solder multiple dome beads. She also covers how to wrap a sanding stick with sandpaper, something I have long advocated doing.
I like the ideas for modifyiing purchased metal beads — that’s unexpected and fun.
Overall, it’s a book that might get you inspired to try some new things in metalsmithing. The challenge of 3-D beads are a great way to learn new skills and think in a diferent way.
There are definitely a couple of things in the book that I want to try.
As we’ve all come to expect from Lark Books, the gallery section is really amazing. And I like the way they’ve started interspersing the pictures throughout the book, in the relevant section.
The gallery section includes metal clay by Linda Kaye Moses and Hadar Jacobson. Also featured, with sterling silver work, is Chicago’s own Pam Robinson.
While this is definitely a metalsmithing book, and not a metal clay one, some of the projects would translate nicely into metal clay.