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Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers: Traditional and Contemporary Techniques for Inspirational Results

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Thanks to the popularity of workshops and classes, metal jewelry making is no longer the exclusive realm of professional jewelry designers. Now, with a little patience and the right instruction, anyone can learn to create beautiful metal jewelry with metalsmithing techniques.

Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers is the ultimate reference for anyone interested in creating metal jewelry. Using clear, step-by-step instructions, interviews from experts in the craft, and hundreds of ...

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Overview


Thanks to the popularity of workshops and classes, metal jewelry making is no longer the exclusive realm of professional jewelry designers. Now, with a little patience and the right instruction, anyone can learn to create beautiful metal jewelry with metalsmithing techniques.

Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers is the ultimate reference for anyone interested in creating metal jewelry. Using clear, step-by-step instructions, interviews from experts in the craft, and hundreds of photos showcasing contemporary work, the author provides one of the most comprehensive volumes on metal jewelry making available. Home crafters, students, serious amateurs, and professional jewelry designers alike will find:

  • Essential information on the tools and materials needed for success
  • Detailed properties for a large variety of metals--from aluminum and tin to gold and platinum
  • An extensive range of metalwork techniques suitable for beginners, amateurs, and specialists
  • Step-by-step tutorials and comprehensive sidebars detailing each process for a variety of metals

This authoritative textbook is certain to become the go-to guide for those new to creating jewelry as well as those looking to make the move from amateur to professional jeweler. Includes a stunning array of 700 instructional and inspirational photos.

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"McGrath, an experienced jewelry maker, condenses her knowledge of metalworking methods into this comprehensive reference that covers all steps of the process from the selection of tools and materials to design and creation of the finished piece. Some knowledge of the fundamentals is assumed: this isn't a beginner's book, though it would serve as an excellent resource for novices with a strong interest in learning more. With its thorough coverage of the topic, attractive photographs, and clear instructions, this title is an excellent addition to jewelry and metalwork collections." -- Library Journal starred review
Library Journal
★ 12/01/2013
McGrath, an experienced jewelry maker, condenses her knowledge of metalworking methods into this comprehensive reference that covers all steps of the process from selection of tools and materials to design and creation of the finished piece. The first third of the book focuses on metals commonly used in jewelry, as well as metalworking tools. Each implement is individually photographed and discussed, allowing novices to identify easily a specific instrument, and the metals are described from both a scientific and an artistic perspective. The bulk of the volume is devoted to techniques, which are broken down into three sections: basic (including cutting, annealing, soldering, and wirework), surface treatments, and specialist (such as enameling, etching, and stone setting). Since this book is targeted toward jewelry makers who are serious about their craft, McGrath includes a section on the business of jewelry making, with practical, intelligent advice on making money out of a hobby. Some knowledge of the fundamentals is assumed; this isn't a beginner's book, though it would serve as an excellent resource for novices with a strong interest in learning more. VERDICT With its thorough coverage of the topic, attractive photographs, and clear instructions, this title is an excellent addition to jewelry and metalwork collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764165849
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 185,051
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Jinks McGrath is a U.K.-based designer and jewelry maker. Her work has been inspired by a number of visits to India, Thailand, and Africa where she worked alongside local masters.
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