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These two well-received books, published through Interweave Press in 2011, detail a variety of methods for creating handmade jewelry or small sculptures, and focus on technique and craftsmanship over pattern. I'm not carying these books in my studio at this time, but you can pick them up at your local bookstore, or through online sites such as Powells or Amazon.com.

Excerpts of some of the outstanding reviews:

The Jewelry Architect:

"McKinnon presents an intriguing, highly professional way to create beaded jewelry that doesn't resemble loving hands at home. 'I'm a maker of components, an engineer of connections,' McKinnon says, and throughout the 15 projects and seven structural elements (e.g., clasps, ear wires, ring findings) she discusses, it's clear that the engineering conceit fuels her work. Curiously, much of the volume's presentation centers on beading, a craft she learned as a child. Yet her incorporation of best-possible materials, whether a slew of Victorian buttons or already fashioned felt cupcakes, distinguishes each design.... So, if today is Tuesday, do we opt to fashion and wear a dramatic mechanical chain, the whimsical Puck's bracelet, or the extraordinarily intricate corset-stitch cuff? Many top-notch choices." - Barbara Jacobs, Booklist *Starred Review*

“Let Kate be one of your teachers. Get the book, read it carefully, and watch the DVD over and over until it is imbedded into your brain. I learned something about myself and my own creative philosophies by reflecting on hers. I wish the same for you”. - Bsueboutiques.typepad.com

"My favorite jewelry-making book of all time." - Tammy Jones, JewelryMakingDaily.com

Sculptural Metal Clay:

"Insightful tips and instructions for unique designs that inspire jewelry makers to create outside the box." — Detroit News

"Kate McKinnon is a master of form and a delight to read. Her new book...even comes with a DVD so that you can have Kate guide you...as if she were right there with you." — Beading-Arts.com

"In the 60 minute DVD, she comes off relaxed and professional on screen and easily demonstrates that she not only knows her stuff when it comes to metal clay and metalsmithing, but she also knows how to teach, something you don't always find with artists." – Tammy Powley, editor, About.com Guide to Jewelry Making

"Kate McKinnon’s fine silver metal clay pieces are stunning and wonderfully architectural in design. This book will not disappoint!" – Bead Unique

"As a teacher, Kate McKinnon is nonpareil. The book is perfectly beautiful in its presentation, with excellent clear and informative photographs, whether of the tools you will require or of the projects offered. The DVD reinforces aspects of the book which you may have missed." – Australian Beading Magazine

"Kate is, quite possibly, the best jewelry engineer I have ever met. Her work is not only structurally sound, built to last and comfortable, but it has just that right edgy *snap* to make it truly artful." - Jean Campbell, former editor, Beadwork magazine

"There is something to be said for an artist who focuses entirely on one medium with a relentless specificity. What happens is an alchemy of sorts, a magic that can only be forged from patience, tenacity and the willingness to dig deep." - Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter

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