200 Tips for Jewelry Making: Tips,Techniques and Trade Secrets
200 Tips for Jewelry Making: Tips,Techniques and Trade Secrets
200 Tips for Jewelry Making: Tips,Techniques and Trade Secrets 200 Tips for Jewelry Making: Tips,Techniques and Trade Secrets

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Author Statement: Xuella Arnold and Sara Withers
Audience: Trade
Specs: full color throughout, index,
Pages: 160
Trim Size: 7 1/2" X 9 1/2" X 11/16"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20130912
Copyright Year: 2013
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200 Tips for Jewelry Making: Tips,Techniques and Trade Secrets

An indispensable compendium of essential knowledge and troubleshooting tips.

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.

The book includes:

  • Metal Jewelry Basics -- Health and safety, basic metalwork, buying metals, laying out a workshop, tools
  • Working with Metals -- Cutting out, filing, soldering and joining, shaping and texturing, drilling, finishing and polishing, stones and setting, using metal clay
  • Simple Jewelry Designs -- Designing, using templates, hallmarking and recycling; designs for earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets, brooches
  • Threading and Finishing -- Tools, findings and materials, threading and crimping, spacing, decorative knotting, fastening, using elastic and leather
  • Using Wire and Metal -- Loops, making findings, working with chain, jump rings and chain mail, wire knitting and crocheting, punching and riveting
  • Experimenting with New Materials -- Resins.

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

About this book

CHAPTER ONE: Threading and beading techniques

    Threading tools
    Design principles
    Finishing with crimps
    Finishing with knots
    Knotting between beads
    Macramé knotting to finish a necklace
    Knotted bracelets
    Leather, cotton, and rubber

CHAPTER TWO: Using wire

    Tools and materials
    Ready-made findings
    Working with chain
    Making simple findings
    Knitting with wire
    Getting the most out of memory wire

CHAPTER THREE: Metal work basics

    Health and safety
    Setting up your workshop
    Which metal to use?
    Buying metal
    Essential metalwork toolkit

CHAPTER FOUR: Metalwork techniques

    Cutting out
    Joining metal
    Texturing metal
    Shaping metal
    Finishing and polishing
    All about stones

CHAPTER FIVE: Simple jewelry design for metalwork

    Developing design ideas
    Designing earrings and studs
    Designing rings and bangles
    Designing necklaces and bracelets
    Designing brooches and cufflinks

CHAPTER SIX: Working with non-traditional materials

    Polymer clay
    Found objects


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