Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers: Traditional and Contemporary Techniques for Inspirational Results

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Thanks to the popularity of workshops and classes, metal jewelry making is no longer the exclusive realm of professional jewelry designers. Now, with a little patience and the right instruction, anyone can learn to create beautiful metal jewelry with metalsmithing techniques.

Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers is the ultimate reference for anyone interested in creating metal jewelry. Using clear, step-by-step instructions, interviews from experts in the craft, and hundreds of photos showcasing contemporary work, the author provides one of the most comprehensive volumes on metal jewelry making available. Home crafters, students, serious amateurs, and professional jewelry designers alike will find:

  • Essential information on the tools and materials needed for success
  • Detailed properties for a large variety of metals―from aluminum and tin to gold and platinum
  • An extensive range of metalwork techniques suitable for beginners, amateurs, and specialists
  • Step-by-step tutorials and comprehensive sidebars detailing each process for a variety of metals

    This authoritative textbook is certain to become the go-to guide for those new to creating jewelry as well as those looking to make the move from amateur to professional jeweler. Includes a stunning array of 700 instructional and inspirational photos.
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    About the Author:

    Jinks McGrath is a U.K.-based designer and jewelry maker. Her work has been inspired by a number of visits to India, Thailand, and Africa where she worked alongside local masters.


    “This beautifully photographed book offers instruction and inspiration to jewelry makers of all levels working with precious and non-precious metals. Jinks McGrath, a designer and jeweler, begins with an introduction to the tools, including cutting tools, soldering tools, chemicals, and metals, including silver, bronze, rhodium and zinc, used in jewelry creation. She then considers different metalwork techniques including basic techniques like fusing, surface treatments like hallmarking, and specialist techniques like enameling. She ends with additional tips for professionals or artists who wish to take their work to the next level including advice on workshop design, selling, and guilds and other associations.”

    “McGrath, an experienced jewelry maker, condenses her knowledge of metalworking methods into this comprehensive reference that covers all steps of the process from the selection of tools and materials to design and creation of the finished piece. Some knowledge of the fundamentals is assumed: this isn’t a beginner’s book, though it would serve as an excellent resource for novices with a strong interest in learning more. With its thorough coverage of the topic, attractive photographs, and clear instructions, this title is an excellent addition to jewelry and metalwork collections.” ― Library Journal starred review

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