Jewelry Lab: 52 Experiments, Investigations, and Explorations in Metal

Jewelry Lab: 52 Experiments, Investigations, and Explorations in Metal

by Melissa Manley


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Jewelry Lab uses brevity to ignite a passion for working the metals processes and learning about all the ways metal can be used. It provides aspiring metalsmiths and jewelry makers a way to learn fundamental techniques that is quick and fun. In addition to the basic skills such as sawing, drilling, soldering, and finishing, the book covers texturing, etching, rolling, coloring, patinas, forming, connections, findings, solders, bezels, rivets, and other experimental techniques.
This is not a project book; rather, it is an approachable, unintimidating workbook that breaks metals processes down into very specific experiments, such as texturing or plastic deformation of metal, with no goal in mind other than to experience how metal moves. Readers learn to understand more about metal, how to master it, and gain a deep, thoughtful underlying appreciation for process and method, becoming entranced with finely crafting objects with great care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592537228
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Series: Lab Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 423,271
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Melissa Manley lives and works in southeastern North Carolina a few miles from Wrightsville beach. She received her BA in studio arts from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Years later, she went back to grad school. While there she studied with enameling master Linda Darty and the godfather of found object Robert Ebendorf. She earned her MFA in Metal Design at East Carolina University in 2006. Melissa now teaches metals at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. Melissa has also taught workshops around the country in collage, book altering, watercolor and jewelry making for the past 7 years. Her work has appeared in Somerset Studio magazine, Crafting Personal Shrines by Carol Owen, The Fine Art of Enameling by Linda Darty, Making Connections by Susan Lenart Kazmer, and 500 Enameled Objects by Lark books. Teaching, making in a variety of mediums, keeping up with her teenage musician daughter Meredith, and her professional kayak guru and partner Robert Smith all keep her very busy! For more visit her blog:

Table of Contents


Getting Started

Making an Impact

Lab 1: Texturing with Hammers

Lab 2: Found Texture

Lab 3: Homemade Texture Hammers

Lab 4: Simple Forged Cuff

Lab 5: Patterns with Letter Stamps

Leaving an Impression

Lab 6: Etching with a Paint Pen

Lab 7: Blue Magic! Etching with PNP

Lab 8: Spray Paint as a Resist

Lab 9: Etching a Texture Plate on Steel

Rolling with the Flow

Lab 10: Rolling Natural Material

Lab 11: Using Etched Plates on a Roll Mill

Lab 12: Using Stickers with a Mill

Lab 13: Using Paper Punches

Lab 14: Commercial Stampings


Lab 15: Making Fold-Form Leaves

Lab 16: Making Fold-Form Boats

Lab 17: Fold-Form Cuff

Lab 18: Form to Die For

Making Connections

Lab 19: Tube Rivets

Lab 20: Standard Rivets

Lab 21: Cold-Joining Plastics

Lab 22: Recycling Tin

Lab 23: Recycling Street Signs

Lab 24: Mini Bolts for Jewelry

Lab 25: Pop Rivets

Lab 26: Tabs

Lab 27: Trapping Objects


Lab 28: I’m with the Band (Ring)

Lab 29: Stop, Dap, and Trap

Lab 30: Sweat Soldering

Lab 31: Hollow Forms from Domes

Lab 32: Round Bezels

Lab 33: Square Bezels

Lab 34: Simple Hinge

Using Color on Metals

Lab 35: Home Ammonia Patinas

Lab 36: Colored Pencil on Metal

Lab 37: Peanut Oil Patina

Lab 38: Contrasting Finishes

Lab 39: Flame Patina on Copper

Lab 40: Torch-Fired Enamel


Lab 41: Simple Chain

Lab 42: Bails

Lab 43: Toggles

Lab 44: Hooks and Ear Wires

Alternative Methods and Materials

Lab 45: Faux Concrete

Lab 46: Plastic Alteration

Lab 47: Plasti Dip

Lab 48: Trapping Felt and Fabric

Lab 49: Moss in Jewelry

Lab 50: Using Sausage Casings

Lab 51: Sewing and Embroidery

Lab 52: Vegan Ivory


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