The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewelry Making Techniques: A Comprehensive Guide for Jewelers and Metalsmiths

Overview

The ultimate guide for the experimental jeweler, this complete how-to offers detailed instructions and clear photographs for working with all kinds of materials. From rubber, resin, glass, leather, and paper to plastics, ceramics, textiles, and natural and found objects, these options, along with precious and nonprecious metals, can all be used individually or combined in a mixed-media piece. Preceded by a helpful introduction offering guidance on essential tools and inspirational advice for self-designed ...

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Overview

The ultimate guide for the experimental jeweler, this complete how-to offers detailed instructions and clear photographs for working with all kinds of materials. From rubber, resin, glass, leather, and paper to plastics, ceramics, textiles, and natural and found objects, these options, along with precious and nonprecious metals, can all be used individually or combined in a mixed-media piece. Preceded by a helpful introduction offering guidance on essential tools and inspirational advice for self-designed projects, the main section is organized by material or media, providing details on the properties and possibilities for each as well as some inspiring examples of jewelry made using the techniques described. For the finishing touch, information on various surface textures that can be achieved for each media as well as ideas for various clasps and closures are shared.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596681460
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Vannetta Seecharran is jewelry designer and maker and owns a workshop in London. She teaches contemporary jewelry techniques at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and at Camberwell College of Art in London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Tools 8

Designing contemporary jewelry 14

Chapter 1 Metal and Wire 18

Metal and wire properties 20

Cutting and piercing metal 22

Filing metal 25

Annealing, quenchning, and pickling 26

Soldering 28

Polishing metal 31

Links: jump rings, eye pins, and hooks 34

Beed wrapping 38

Riveting 39

Shaping metal 44

Chapter 2 Plastic and Rubber 46

Plastic and rubber properties 48

Cutting and piercing plastic 50

Filing plastic 52

Polishing plastic 53

Overlay and inlay 55

Laminating acrylic 57

Heat forming 58

Screen printing on plastic 60

Vacuum forming 61

Dyeing plastic 64

Cutting and folding rubber 66

Chapter 3 Fabric, Fibers, and Leather 70

Fabric, fiber, and leather properties 72

Cutting leather 74

Stitching and edging 75

Gluing and skiving 76

Rivets and eyelets 77

Buckles and other fixtures 78

Stringing 79

Knotting 84

Stitching links 87

Weaving 90

Gluing 92

Making cords 93

Crochet 94

Pleating and shaping 97

Flocking 100

Chapter 4 Paper and Paper Pulp 102

Paper and paper pulp properties 104

Screen printing 106

Cutting and laminating 108

Folding and pleating 109

Paper making 111

Paper casting 113

Masking tape 114

Chapter 5 Other Materials 116

Other materials and their properties 118

Wood 120

Ceramic beads and pendants 122

Glass 126

Concrete 130

Chapter 6 Casting 132

Casting properties 134

Resin 136

Silicone mold making 140

Plaster molds 143

Casting with a wood master 145

Casting with a wax master 146

Decorative effects 148

Clasps and closures 154

Glossary 156

Index 158

Credits 160

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