The Complete Book of Jewelry Making: A Full-Color Introduction to the Jeweler's Art

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This amazingly comprehensive guide to the jeweler’s art is a goldmine of information—big, beautiful, and with hundreds of color photos. It’s simply the handsomest, most complete sourcebook available, with its enlightening discussion of basic metallurgy (alloying, smelting, annealing, and pickling), and professional-quality techniques for cutting, piercing, soldering, and making closures and rings. Learn the tricks of the trade for enhancing surfaces; etching, combining metals, creating textures, adding color; ...
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Overview

This amazingly comprehensive guide to the jeweler’s art is a goldmine of information—big, beautiful, and with hundreds of color photos. It’s simply the handsomest, most complete sourcebook available, with its enlightening discussion of basic metallurgy (alloying, smelting, annealing, and pickling), and professional-quality techniques for cutting, piercing, soldering, and making closures and rings. Learn the tricks of the trade for enhancing surfaces; etching, combining metals, creating textures, adding color; engraving; enameling; and gem setting. Seven magnificently presented projects include a silver repoussé pendant, an articulated gold bracelet with clasp, a multiple loop-in-loop chain, and a square hollow-construction ring to die for.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579903046
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 251,378
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    I have one wish for this book...

    The explanations and instructions for the melting, soldering, and working of precious metals are wonderful and detailed, but if I have one wish it would be that the illustrations showed instructions of one piece from start to finish. Each chapter progresses naturally, but the illustrations only show parts of the demonstrated steps but includes other pieces as examples and never quite finishes or completes the demonstrated steps. I want to follow these instructions step-by-step on my own, but some details such as polishing and finishing safely seem to be missing. (What sandpaper or grit paper do you start with? What do you use to finish? Can you sand metal and then polish?)
    A much more basic metal working book would be a neccessary companion to this book in terms of specific finish details.
    Other than that, the pieces pictured as examples are wonderful, the pictures are clear and the writing is very descriptive. Sometimes it's hard to find the correct order of instructions in the numbered photographs on the page, but it is clear the author put a lot of thought and time into this book. I liked it despite its problems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

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    I am very pleased with this book. It is written well and the illustrations are easy to follow. There is a lot of information for the novice to the professional. I recommend this title for any serious jewelers library.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

    Love it!

    I love this book! It is very informative and the projects are easy to do. A must have for the beginner.

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