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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (April 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680609
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Think of this book as Jewelry Making 101, a beginner's course in jewelry design and construction."  —Monsters and

About the Author

Nicola Hurst earned a degree in jewelry making, and her products now sell in galleries and shops throughout the United Kingdom.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Corbin Zinck on March 10 2009
Format: Paperback
Great book, explains how to do projects from start to finish. Great illistrations. Was able to read and make a ring in one night. Highly recommend this book for anyone with intrest in learning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lyndalou222 on Dec 1 2010
Format: Paperback
Step-by-Step Jewelry Workshop is an excellent resource for beginning students in jewelry making. The illustrations & instructions are clear. I use it to help explain a technique I am demonstrating. It makes a ready reference so that students can go back & remind themselves of what to do next. Good projects as well, up to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sammaks on Dec 26 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a gem, I was able to advance my skills in bench working.
It helped to clearly define the use of each tool and the steps in creating
different styles and designes for jewellery. A great book for beginners.
Thank you.
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Informative and beautiful to read. Recommended for the beginner - novice jewelry maker. How-tos are easy to follow and the photographs are helpful and clear.
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Best book ever July 11 2008
By Dianna Wolfe - Published on
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I have several metal working books, including those by Tim McCreight. Although these books are excellent, this book by Nicola Hurst beats them all. I'm not a novice to metal working, but I wanted a good basic reference book. Nicola gets right to the meat of a subject and tells it in a very clear, understandable manner. I love it because it isn't wordy and there isn't a lot of time spent searching for the information you want. The photos are fantastic. All are in color and large enough to see details. My only regret is that I didn't find this book sooner. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in doing metal work. It's a GREAT book.
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Exceptional Book on Metalsmithing June 24 2008
By Kate Glover - Published on
Format: Paperback
I thought this was an exceptional reference on simple techniques for beginning to intermediate metalsmiths. I didn't feel that I needed to invest in a fully fledged workshop to create some fine jewelry pieces. I particulary liked how each project built on the ones before and how the author included professionally created pieces that highlighted various techniques and provided inspiration. OK, so I haven't actually made anything yet, but of all the books I have purchased and not actually made anything from, this one has probably moved me closer to getting off my butt and picking up a tool than any other. Excellent descriptions and photography, attractive projects I'll be happy to make when I get around to making anything. In case you're interested, I have actually gone back to this book and re-read it three separate times, which says an awful lot about any book in my library.

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A Very Good Basic Book Feb. 10 2009
By Bacchus - Published on
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This is a good book for someone looking to dabble in metal jewelry-making; that is, to attempt a project or two to try your hand at it to see if it's something you want to pursue as a career or as a hobby.

One deficiency is a lack of serious discussion about torches, but this is one area that seems to be overlooked in all the jewelry-making books I've read. Even Carles Codina in his wonderful (hint hint) book: "The Complete Book of Jewelry-making" only discusses one type of torch that is out of the price range of most beginning jewelers (a high tech water torch). In this book, Hurst gives no specific info about what kind of torch to use other than a "large kind that a plumber might use" (to paraphrase her own words). This is virtually no advice at all, and could be disastrous to one's jewelry-making and one's pocketbook.

Although I'd recommend the Codina book over any other, this book is filled with nice clear color photos taking you step by step through the basics. If you're a short attention span learner, this might be a good one for you. However, you'll need to fill in the gaps by researching things like the proper torches (and why they're the proper ones) on your own.
71 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Exactly the same book as McGrath's book Oct. 12 2008
By Althea L. Turner - Published on
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book with Jinks McGrath's "The Complete Jewelry Making Course" and was very disappointed to find that they were nearly identical.
They used the same photographs and right down to some of the same text.

For example, on page 11 of McGrath a section on Finding Inspiration is exactly the same text as Hurst's pg 21. And there are many more instances of being exactly the same book with different covers.

Neither books are bad, but don't buy them both. In fact, find another less sleazy publisher than Quarto Books to provide your needs.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Step-by-Step Jewelry Workshop: Simple Techniques for Soldering, Wirework, and Metal Jewelry (Step By Step) June 1 2008
By M. Pope - Published on
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This is a very helpful book, starting with all the basic tools you will need, continuing with methods and styles used in silverwork, and many good basic projects to practise on. A must for everyone starting out to do silverwork, and even advanced students would find it helpful. Iam very pleased I purchased it.