The Art & Craft of Making Jewelry: A Complete Guide to Essential Techniques Paperback – Sep 7 2010
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From even a novice's perspective, information on the fashioning of metallic baubles and bangles is crammed into 176 very colorful pages. Certainly, every photograph, illustration, and how-to sequence is valuable--and chock-full of the kind of instructions and tips that make the difference between amateurish pin and designer brooch. Experienced author (Making Metal Jewelry, 2003, Creative Metal Crafts, 2004, among others) and artist Gollberg provides a broad foundation: first, warm-up data on metals, their properties, tools, and equipment; then, a series of chapters on progressively more difficult techniques from filing, carving, and tube riveting to flush stone setting and kum boo (the Korean art of bonding gold foil to another metal). Thirteen projects set the design bar high, as do the gallery pages that follow each chapter. Admittedly, it is a lot to digest at once. Consider supplementing Gollberg's overview with single-topic books on enameling or working with stones. Barbara Jacobs
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"Joanna Gollberg has managed to appeal to those new to metal jewelry making, and at the same time keep even advanced jewelers busy with her book "The Art & Craft of Making Jewelry: A Complete Guide to Essential Techniques." Learn techniques (or brush up on your already learned skills) in forming, texturing, layering, and mixing metals and apply them to countless contemporary jewelry projects. It is filled with 'bench tips' and beautiful artwork that can be achieved from learning the techniques taught within the book. The detailed directions are easy to understand, and combined with the hundreds of instructional and inspiration pictures you cannot go wrong. This is a valuable reference tool for every artist's library." -- Belle Armoire Jewelry, Spring 2011 issue "I love this book. This is one of those books that every time you read it, you find something new to learn. This book is a complete guide to essential techniques. Every section of the book is very well written and easy to undersSee all Product Description
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This book places more emphasis on presentation rather than truly helpful advice with an almost cavalier disregard for the accuracy of the directions for the projects given within for those who need this information the most. The author seems to be so impressed with the photography and layout of the book that the wording was little more than an afterthought. It would appear that the author assumes her audience to be well-grounded in techniques that are not explained to the point where they would do anyone with less than intermediate experience any good.
HERE IS THE PUNCH LINE (and there's no getting around it):
Following the directions to the letter for soldering multi-layered applique work will NOT lead to successful results. There was no discussion about using solder with different melting points as I subsequently learned was the only to make it happen. And this is one of many such examples.
Instructions are merely guidance and considerable trial and error to find the correct way of acheiving these results will be required. This is confirmed by referencing other jewelry books, which indicate methods quite different from those given here, and most importantly, lead to successful results instead. Further, discussion of techniques with experts at a course given at a university revealed the concuring opinion that the directions lack the lucidity required to reach the stated goals.
Perhaps the 5 star reviews were by accomplished jewelers who didn't need the directions or by those who just bought it for the admittedly wonderful photography? Buy it for the pictures, but take the instructions with a grain of salt ...and be sure to have other jewelry-making books on hand or sign up with a jewelry-making course to get correct directions for achieving your goals.
In answer to those who have asked, I have yet to find one perfect jewelry-making book for beginners out there. One has to sift through many to glean bits and pieces of useful information. Being past the beginner's stage at this point in time, I have found most of these books to have at least some portions useful for reference and that even includes this title currently under review. Just wanted to make sure no one thought of this book as Jewelry-Making 101, as it remains an intermediate title and assumes you already know the basics (or for whatever reason, does not provide any).
CONTENTS (as there is no Search Inside this Book):
*Metals & Their Properties (highly recommend this)
*Tools & Equipment (covers all the truly necessary pieces; the "Tool Kit" listing is very handy; includes recommended Safety Equipment - would have liked more info here, but many of the Bench Tips provide additional recommendations that are excellent reminders)
*Forming Metal (bending/shaping, forging, dapping, die forming, scoring, repousse, casting)
*Texturing Metal (roller, etching)
*Layering Metal (applique, granulation, filigree, kum boo)
*Mixing Metals (mokume gane)
*Adding Color (enamel, resin inlay, bezels, stones,
*Mechanisms (findings, clasps, hinges, chains)
*Metal Clay (very brief - basically just mentioning it and showing unique pieces)
*Templates (for the projects described in book)
*Contributing Authors (contributing in the sense of their pieces shown within the pages of the book)
*About the Author
This is definitely a book for the PROFESSIONAL jewelry maker and a worthy reference tool for their library.