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The Art & Craft of Making Jewelry: A Complete Guide to Essential Techniques Paperback – Sep 7 2010

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (Sept. 7 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600596231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600596230
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #462,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 unders

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5.0 out of 5 stars For Intermediate to Advanced Jewelry Designers Sept. 6 2008
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Wow - a picture does say a thousand words and this book is loaded with images that clarify a process, show a finished piece in all its beauty, and inspire confidence to design your own work utilizing the techniques described in this book. The highlights for me in this book are the "Bench Tips" as they provide little tips to help you in the process of working with metal...and yes, a more appropriate title would be "The Art & Craft of Making Metal Jewelry." The techniques described (pretty much covers everything) are short and I would have like more information, particularly if I were a beginner. The organization is excellent (see below). The gallery/completed pieces are perfect for throughout each section of the book. The few projects provided are definitely doable, maybe for the beginner, but more appropriately for the intermediate to advanced metal worker. Each project has each step clearly stated and labeled.

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)
*Metalworking Basics
*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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of techniques July 28 2008
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This book is worth buying if just for the gallery pictures that line the top of each page. The author reviews a wide variety of metal working techniques and while the instructions aren't thorough enough to stand on their own, there is enough information to introduce you to each method so that you can try it out, or peak your interest to further investigate the techniques using other resources. The photographic illustrations are clear and well-shot and there are tips throughout the book. Pictures of various artists' works are inspirational.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Basic overview.... March 4 2008
By Dabbler - Published on
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and great motivator. This book gives a general overview of many techniques of metalsmithing and has projects that work with each lesson. I think I would have liked more details but I'm also very new to this and need confidence. However I feel like I can complete each lesson successfully after reading this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, probably best for beginners June 1 2008
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Joanna Gollberg does nice books. I've got some experience with metalsmithing and this book didn't have a whole lot of new information for me, but she explains techniques very well. The projects are interesting and her gallery shots (pictures of work from other artists) are just incredible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Jewelry Aug. 31 2007
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This book by Joanna Golberg is excellent. It is very complete from the very basics through step-by-step instructions for doing the projects and it's clear & easy to read text. I'm anxious to start on some of the projects.

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