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Master Metalwork: Books for Beginners & Pros

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A Selection of the Best Metalwork Books Available


Metal work made easy

Metalwork Books

This book provides a simple and easy-to-follow introduction to the full range of techniques used when working with metal of various kinds. Detailed information about metalworking tools, materials and equipment, together with photographs and step-by-step instructions, will enable you to successfully cut, bend and join metal using the most popular techniques and processes.

Whether you want to make practical items like burglar bars or garden gates, produce your own metal furniture or simply repair existing metalwork, this book will show you how to plan and execute projects with ease.

Metalwork Made Easy: a step-by step guide is a clear, concise and essential book for all metalworking enthusiasts.

Metalwork projects made easy

Metalwork Books

Projects made easy is a guide for making metal items and furniture. It has easy to follow step-by-step instructions that will help you tackle welding techniques, even if you have never welded before. Profusely illustrated with more than 350 colour photographs, the title introduces you to different types of metalworking techniques and the best tools and equipment that you can use. There are also helpful hints for cutting and bending metal, and you will see exactly how to make a variety of jigs. The most common finishing techniques and paint finishes that you can use on metal are well illustrated. These include popular contemporary techniques like faux verdigris and fake rust finishes. There are more than 17 different items of varying complexity that you can make just by following the step-by-step projects that are illustrated. All materials and the tools required for each project are listed and explained. Suitable finishes are suggested. If you enjoy making your own designs, you can adapt the different projects to create your very own furniture and stylish accessories. The range of projects includes a table and a chair, candlesticks, lamps, a garden bench, burglar bars and security gates, as well as a handy wine rack, a mirror and an attractive plant stand. The items range from very simple, ideal for the beginner, to relatively difficult.

Metalwork for Craftsmen

Metalwork Books

Beginning with the fundamentals, master craftsman Emil F. Kronquist lists and pictures tools and explains basic techniques for cutting stock, annealing and heating, pickling, shallow hollowing, raising, planishing, bending and shaping, leveling, soldering and welding, making molds, pattern making, and chasing. He includes a series of projects for making a host of articles in a variety of designs. Fully illustrated.

Scrap-Metal Craft: More Than 30 Step-by-Step Projects for Your Home

Metalwork Books

This title will make you take a fresh look at metal and steel. You can create a wide variety of useful and decorative items for the home from almost any piece of scrap metal, steel, or wire. Look out for a variety of steel shapes, steel balls, half-spheres, square and round bars, pole caps, pyramids, and new or even old, rusty wire mesh in different designs and mesh sizes. Scrap-metal craft brings you a host of ideas that will inspire you to explore you own creative genius to make unique items from scrap metal, or simply to put utilitarian metal objects to new uses. Step by step instructions are given for every project. Sizes may be adapted to your own taste or specific requirements.

The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals: A Manual for Fine Metalworkers, Sculptors and Designers

Metalwork Books

The techniques of metal colouring, bronzing and patination are assuming a new importance in contemporary fine metalwork and design. Richard Hughes and Michael Rowe have assembled and tested the recipes included in this book, which is the most comprehensive work on the subject currently available, an essential reference and sourcebook for practitioners and all those involved in sculpture, architecture, design and the decorative arts. It brings together hundreds of recipes and treatments previously scattered in a variety of old books and technical papers, and provides the artist-craftsman with a very wide range of coloured finishes.

Each of the recipes included has been tested and evaluated by the authors, and the practical procedures involved are clearly explained. In addition, they have devised techniques that considerably broaden the range of surface finishes that can be obtained.

The metals covered are bronze and yellow brass in cast form; copper, gilding metal, yellow brass and silver in sheet form; and silver-plate and copper-plate. The book is easy to use; all the recipes are classified according to the colour and surface finish they produce on each metal. Colour illustrations show over 200 examples of finishes as test pieces of metal, or as cast or spun bowls. Notes accompanying each recipe draw attention to potentially dangerous processes or chemicals, and to the correct safety precautions. Safety procedures in general are covered thoroughly in a separate section.

Detailed information on practical workshop methods and how to avoid any problems that may be encountered is given in sections on the various techniques. A glossary of archaic chemical terms and their modem equivalents is included. An historical introduction outlines the various metalworking traditions with which the use of colouring techniques is associated. An extensive bibliography gives over 400 references of historical, practical and theoretical interest.

2 Responses

  1. kamikami

    what’s the differences between “as against” and “rather than” in formal/business english?

    Such as these two sentences below:

    1. In metalwork one advantage of adhesive-bonding over spot-welding is that the contact, and hence the bonding, is effected continuously over a broad surface rather than at a series of regularly spaced points with no bonding in between.

    2.In metalwork one advantage of adhesive-bonding over spot-welding is that the contact, and hence the bonding, is effected continuously over a broad surface as against at a series of regularly spaced points with no bonding in between.

  2. steve

    I’m writing a story set in the Victorian era (like the new Alice in Wonderland) and I was wondering if you could recommend some websites or some books that could inform me about fashion, social structure etc. etc.
    Basically, I need to know what the customs were in those times to do with schooling, marriage, transport, lineage, again – et. etc.

    So just list any websites or books – I’ve googled it heaps and wikipedia wasn’t very helpful and the only others I could find were about fashion.
    Please, need a scope into victorian life!

    Thanks 🙂

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