200 Tips for Jewelry Making: Tips,Techniques and Trade Secrets

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An indispensable compendium of essential knowledge and troubleshooting tips.

This book packs in the combined wisdom of two successful jewelry-makers who are consummate problem solvers. Together they show the reader how to fix common mistakes, improvise tools and discover ways to save money, such as recycling gold and other precious metal scraps.

From beading to setting a stone, understanding annealing to soldering silver chain, 200 Tips, ...

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Overview

An indispensable compendium of essential knowledge and troubleshooting tips.

This book packs in the combined wisdom of two successful jewelry-makers who are consummate problem solvers. Together they show the reader how to fix common mistakes, improvise tools and discover ways to save money, such as recycling gold and other precious metal scraps.

From beading to setting a stone, understanding annealing to soldering silver chain, 200 Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets for Jewelry Making shows how to experiment and innovate to create unique jewelry designs.

The topics and methods covered enable any jewelry maker to achieve a striking and professional look to their earrings, necklaces, rings and more. Techniques are demonstrated in clear directions and step-by-step color photographs. "Try It" tips encourage innovation and "Fix It" solutions help with problems.

The book includes:

  • Metal Jewelry Basics — Health and safety, basic metalwork, buying metals, laying out a workshop, tools
  • Working with Metals — Cutting out, filing, soldering and joining, shaping and texturing, drilling, finishing and polishing, stones and setting, using metal clay
  • Simple Jewelry Designs — Designing, using templates, hallmarking and recycling; designs for earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets, brooches
  • Threading and Finishing — Tools, findings and materials, threading and crimping, spacing, decorative knotting, fastening, using elastic and leather
  • Using Wire and Metal — Loops, making findings, working with chain, jump rings and chain mail, wire knitting and crocheting, punching and riveting
  • Experimenting with New Materials — Resins.

Packed with guidance and how-to photographs, this is a must-have for anyone who makes their own jewelry, whether at the beginner or intermediate level.

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Editorial Reviews

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Comprehensive... great color diagrams, visuals, charts, and notes... a great reference tool for the more advanced or experimental jewelry makers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770852037
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 634,477
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Xuella Arnold is a jewelry designer/maker with a degree in jewelry and silversmithing. She teaches silver and metal clay jewelry and is the author of Precious Metal Clay, and co-author of The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewelry Techniques.

Sara Withers designs and makes jewelry based on her love of beads. She teaches jewelry making at colleges and art centers, and is the author of eight books, including The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewelry Techniques.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Forewords
About this book

CHAPTER ONE: Threading and beading techniques

Threading tools
Design principles
Finishing with crimps
Finishing with knots
Knotting between beads
Macramé knotting to finish a necklace
Knotted bracelets
Elastic
Leather, cotton, and rubber

CHAPTER TWO: Using wire

Tools and materials
Ready-made findings
Working with chain
Making simple findings
Knitting with wire
Getting the most out of memory wire

CHAPTER THREE: Metal work basics

Health and safety
Setting up your workshop
Which metal to use?
Buying metal
Essential metalwork toolkit

CHAPTER FOUR: Metalwork techniques

Cutting out
Filing
Joining metal
Texturing metal
Shaping metal
Drilling
Finishing and polishing
All about stones

CHAPTER FIVE: Simple jewelry design for metalwork

Developing design ideas
Designing earrings and studs
Designing rings and bangles
Designing necklaces and bracelets
Designing brooches and cufflinks

CHAPTER SIX: Working with non-traditional materials

Polymer clay
Resins
Found objects
Plastics

Index
Credits

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Preface

Forewords

I have always loved designing and making objects of all types, but when I specialized in jewelry and silversmithing at college I had found my chosen medium in metal and decided to make it my career, which has kept me busy learning and creating ever since. Jewelry is a large and fascinating subject, in which you can never stop learning, whether it is a new technology, technique, or material. I hope that the ideas, techniques, and tips in this book will help you along the way, to whatever level you want to go, and lead you to discover what is possible within the exciting subject of jewelry making.
Xuella Arnold
(Chapters 3, 4, and 5)

I have always enjoyed the colors, shapes, and diversity of beads, and have made them the main focus of my work. People have made jewelry throughout history, which is something that really appeals to me. We may now have all the advantages of sophisticated materials and tools, but we are basically doing what people have done for centuries, adorning ourselves and making a statement about ourselves with our jewelry. The aim of this book is to give you the core skills that you need to turn your creative ideas into a reality — plus some extra insider information that comes with experience. We hope the book will take you in new directions and open you up to different jewelry processes and practices.
Sara Withers
(Chapters 1, 2, and 6)

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