- A Selection of the Best Jewelry Books Available
- New Encyclopedia of Jewelry Making Techniques
- The Complete Book of Jewelry Making: A Full-color Introduction to the Jeweler’s Art
- Jewelry Making and Beading For Dummies
- The Complete Jewelry Making Course: Principles, Practice and Techniques: A Beginner’s Course for Aspiring Jewelry Makers
- Simple Soldering: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Making
A Selection of the Best Jewelry Books Available
New Encyclopedia of Jewelry Making Techniques
Since its first publication in 1995, the Encyclopedia of Jewelry Making Techniques has been devoured by students borrowing a well-thumbed copy from their college library, established jewelers wishing to find out more about new techniques, as well as all those who just enjoy making jewelry as a hobby, who have kept it beside their workbench at home as a third hand to help them through a tricky process. Since then many books have been written about jewelry making. However, this volume still enjoys a huge following. To update it, a finished example now illustrates every technique to give a context to the method described. There are also new articles on harvesting scrap metal, designing jewelry, comparing metals’ properties, and a wonderful demonstration of precious metal clay – a material that didn’t even exist when this book was first published. Doyenne of metal clay, Sue Heaser, gives a masterclass in this technique. Jewelry making is a rewarding and fascinating craft. Although you may find that you enjoy some aspects of it more than others, the techniques described here will give you a thorough understanding of all the basic information you need to create unique and professional looking pieces.
The Complete Book of Jewelry Making: A Full-color Introduction to the Jeweler’s Art
This amazing comprehensive guide to the jeweller’s art is a goldmine of information – big, beautiful, and full of hundreds of colour photographs. It’s simply the most comprehensive 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 for rings. Learn the tricks of the trade for enhancing surfaces; etching, combining metals, creating textures, adding colour, engraving, enamelling and gem setting. Seven magnificently presented projects include a silver repousse pendant, an articulated gold bracelet with clap, a multi loop-in-loop chain, and a square hollow-construction ring to die for.
Jewelry Making and Beading For Dummies
This title features step-by-step projects and full-color examples. Create unique jewelry to wear with everything from jeans to a ball gown! Want to make your own jewelry? This easy-to-follow guide gives you lots of hands-on instruction in making simple, fabulous jewelry and working with beads. From wire wrapping and knotting to weaving and polishing, you’ll get all the skills you need to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pins, key chains, wine charms and items for the home. This guide helps to discover how to: create funky and elegant designs; work with leather, silver, and stones; string, knot, and weave beads; avoid common mistakes; and, host a trendy jewelry party.
The Complete Jewelry Making Course: Principles, Practice and Techniques: A Beginner’s Course for Aspiring Jewelry Makers
This comprehensive and heavily illustrated manual teaches the craft of jewelry making to students looking to create professional quality items. The author covers every step of the process, from creating original design concepts to fashioning professionally finished pieces of jewelry. She lists all required tools and equipment, explains their uses, advises on safe working practices, and then guides her readers through every stage of the jewelry making process in a series of carefully structured tutorials. Students will learn–
- How to start with an original idea, translate it into a workable design, and then use the design as a pattern to make beautiful wearable jewelry
- How to work with precious and semiprecious stones, metals, glass, plastic, resin, and wood
- How to present and sell one’s creations to dealers and wholesalersClear, full-color, step-by-step photos demonstrate the methods of fashioning metals by heating, hammering, casting, soldering, riveting, polishing, finishing, and adding surface decoration. At-a-glance panels explain how to apply the right techniques when working in specific metals, as well as ideas for experimenting with inexpensive substitutes before advancing to precious materials. Here’s the perfect book for transforming hobbyists into true professionals. It will also serve as a useful textbook for those conducting organized courses in jewelry design. Color photos on every page.
Simple Soldering: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Making
Metalworking is generally regarded as a skill that takes years of dedication, requires a large studio space, and costs a lot of money. Fortunately, Simple Soldering proves that does not need to be the case. This handy how-to guide is complete in its exploration of the craft of creating soldered metal jewelry, including tools, techniques, and 20 beautiful projects that beginners and enthusiasts can make at home.
Author and teacher Kate Richbourg demystifies basic soldering for any home crafter, showing how to create sophisticated, polished, and professional-looking jewelry pieces through simple soldering techniques. First, she instructs how to set up a jewelry workspace that fits the confines of your budget and living space. Detailed step-by-step instructions walk you through the basic tools and materials you need, plus how to use them. A sample chapter gives a host of introductory exercises that teach solid skills, allowing you to test these techniques on a small scale. Finally, you’ll discover 20 finished projects that include earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets, and clasps that may also include bead or wire embellishment.
Kate also demonstrates how to combine and layer techniques to gorgeous effect. She also examines common mistakes, shows how to correct or adapt them, and gives advice on when it’s time to start over. Most of all, having taught thousands of classes on soldering, Kate has a “you can do it!” attitude that shines through to help even the most reluctant jewelry maker fire up the torch with ease.
Paired with an instructional DVD, Kate’s expert teaching skills will help projects come alive, right in your own studio.
With Simple Soldering, the art of metal working one-of-a-kind jewelry is now at your fingertips.