With beautiful illustrations and step-by-step instructions, this how-to book includes all the techniques involved in crafting metal jewelry, including:
—Cutting and filing
—Forging and forming
—Applying specialty finishes
The book’s clear organization provides easy access to information with straightforward directions and hundreds of full-color photos. You’ll also find easy projects for trying the techniques, as well as a stunning gallery of metal jewelry pieces by experienced designers. Find beautiful jewelry examples and gain skills and inspiration with The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry!
About the Author
John Sartin designs stunning, unique handmade jewelry in gold, silver, copper, brass, and precious and semi-precious gemstones. His jewelry has appeared on the cover and in the pages of Lapidary Journal, and he has also been published in Art Jewelry magazine and other Lark publications. He has won numerous awards for his designs. He lives in Albuquerque, NM. Visit him online at http://www.johnsartindesigns.com.
"If any crafter has reservations about learning to make metal jewelry, first-time author-artist Sartin knocks those reservations out of the water. In a very savvy approach to the subject, which can, to be honest, involve no little expense and space, he takes the reader through the basic techniques using close-up photographs, textual directions, lists of materials and tools, and lots of safety reminders. Even though such processes as sawing, drilling, piercing, and filling seem simple, all are carefully explained, and all include details about working safely. There are new vocabularies to learn, such as 'sweat soldering,' 'roller embossing,' and 'dapping.' His 10 projects—for instance, stretched diamond earrings, a yin-yang pendant, and a forged spiral pin—are designed elegantly and simply, with more than enough instructions and pictures to yield success. An inspirational gallery (nine artist profiles and samples of their work ) plus fairly robust appendixes make this a true novice’s go-to (converting measurements; metal hardness chart of common gemstones; ring-size conversion chart; drill-bit conversion chart; B + S sheet and wire gauge conversion chart; jeweler’s saw blade and drill bit reference chart; common needle file shapes and uses; and bur types and their uses)." — Booklist