a great book for the beginner, student, or experienced metalsmith. it includes tips for equipping the jewelry studio and choosing tools as well as an introduction to the properties of metal, basic techniques, advanced techniques, surface treatments and studio projects. what sets this book apart from many on the market are the detailed instructions and photos that accompany the beautifully designed projects. projects that you would actually want to make and wear. a number of tips and tricks can be culled from the detailed photos of each piece’s process. who knew that you could ball up the end of wire on a number of pieces all at once?
the projects i would like to riff off of: the cage pendant, glass pendant, no -solder bracelet, and the wisdom earrings (minus the teeth).
author: l. l. haslope
title: repousse work for amateurs: being the art of ornamenting thin metal with raised figures
publisher: l. upcott gill
learn the art of repoussé, from the materials and tools required to the techniques, this vintage digitized books covers all the basics.
title: watchmakers’ and jewelers’ practical receipt book
publisher: George K. Hazlitt Company Publishers
fascinating digitized book on old formulas for making glues, mixing enamels, and coloring metals as well as recipes for making pickle, polish and solder.
author: william t. baxter
title: jewelry gem cutting and metalcraft
publisher: mcgraw hill book company inc
covers the tools and equipment of metalcraft and jewelry making. an interesting look at the patterns and designs of jewelry in the 1940s. this digitized book takes a while for the images to load so please allow time.
ring blank length = the inside diameter + the thickness of your metal X 3.14 (pi)
YouTube: building basic skills
are you spending too many hours cleaning the solder off your sterling silver pieces? sweat soldering is the answer and this great video will expertly explain the process.
- charcoal block
- stainless steel screen
- soldering pick
- flux (borax and water)