An indispensable compendium of essential knowledge and troubleshooting tips.
This book packs in the combined wisdom of two successful jewelry-makers who are consummate problem solvers. Together they show the reader how to fix common mistakes, improvise tools and discover ways to save money, such as recycling gold and other precious metal scraps.
From beading to setting a stone, understanding annealing to soldering silver chain, 200 Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets for Jewelry Making shows how to experiment and innovate to create unique jewelry designs.
The topics and methods covered enable any jewelry maker to achieve a striking and professional look to their earrings, necklaces, rings and more. Techniques are demonstrated in clear directions and step-by-step color photographs. "Try It" tips encourage innovation and "Fix It" solutions help with problems.
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Packed with guidance and how-to photographs, this is a must-have for anyone who makes their own jewelry, whether at the beginner or intermediate level.
Xuella Arnold is a jewelry designer/maker with a degree in jewelry and silversmithing. She teaches silver and metal clay jewelry and is the author of Precious Metal Clay, and co-author of The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewelry Techniques.
Sara Withers designs and makes jewelry based on her love of beads. She teaches jewelry making at colleges and art centers, and is the author of eight books, including The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewelry Techniques.
I have always loved designing and making objects of all types, but when I specialized in jewelry and silversmithing at college I had found my chosen medium in metal and decided to make it my career, which has kept me busy learning and creating ever since. Jewelry is a large and fascinating subject, in which you can never stop learning, whether it is a new technology, technique, or material. I hope that the ideas, techniques, and tips in this book will help you along the way, to whatever level you want to go, and lead you to discover what is possible within the exciting subject of jewelry making. Xuella Arnold (Chapters 3, 4, and 5)
I have always enjoyed the colors, shapes, and diversity of beads, and have made them the main focus of my work. People have made jewelry throughout history, which is something that really appeals to me. We may now have all the advantages of sophisticated materials and tools, but we are basically doing what people have done for centuries, adorning ourselves and making a statement about ourselves with our jewelry. The aim of this book is to give you the core skills that you need to turn your creative ideas into a reality -- plus some extra insider information that comes with experience. We hope the book will take you in new directions and open you up to different jewelry processes and practices. Sara Withers (Chapters 1, 2, and 6)
Table of Contents
Forewords About this book
CHAPTER ONE: Threading and beading techniques
CHAPTER TWO: Using wire
CHAPTER THREE: Metal work basics
CHAPTER FOUR: Metalwork techniques
CHAPTER FIVE: Simple jewelry design for metalwork
CHAPTER SIX: Working with non-traditional materials