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Metalsmith BenchTalk with Kate McKinnon

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On the November 19th program, I am excited to speak with metalsmith, author, and 'defender of the little guy' Kate McKinnon. Kate is the author of 'Structural Metal Clay', a book for anyone interested in making serious work from fine silver metal clay. It might sound expensive at $48 (DISCOUNTED TO $30), but it's less than half the price of a half day class, and shows you clearly and concisely how to make a whole series of basic jewelry components, 3-D forms, and introduces concepts like resin fills and fine silver fusing. Make clasps, rings, mechanisms, embedded rivets, bails, and beautiful handmade chain, all in pure fine silver. Learn the reasons for full annealing and proper firing, how to do patina, and how to make jewelry in this beautiful metal that stands the test of time. This book also includes a sampling of simple metalsmithing techniques that anyone can master, with or without a professional setup, and shows you how to work safely and cleanly in your home studio. For more information visit, Kate's website at: http://www.katemckinnon.com. Please join us for what should be a fun and informative conversation.