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Making Metal Jewelry: Projects, Techniques, Inspirationby Joanna Gollberg
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No soldering is required to make these metal necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings; theyand#8217;re cold-connected, or crafted with such easy-to-learn skills as piercing, sawing, riveting, and joining, making them perfect for the beginning jeweler. Yet the results look completely professional. Work with a variety of metals in sheets, wires, and tubes. Create your own chains, ear wires, clasps, and other findings from wire jump rings. Learn metal texturing and finishing techniques such as chasing, etching, and adding a patina. Find out how to make simple settings for pearls, beads, and stones. Then set your creativity free on projects like a Circle Brooch with Thorn Clasp; Layered Cuff Bracelet, and Polka Dot Tube Earrings.
Soldering has taken the crafting world by storm, and the well-illustrated and easy-to-follow instructions in this comprehensive guide thoroughly demystify the process. Beginners will learn how to master the basics and make 40 projects, ranging from a playful Turquoise Swirl Cuff to a mini-scrapbook foldout frame. Includes traceable patterns with glass-cutting lines, plus a page of pretty clip art to use.
This fine book provides a comprehensive introduction to cold join techniques for the beginning metalsmith. ...Twenty-one projects of sophisticated and contemporary jewelry designs...include brooches, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. The instructiontions are supported by excellent photography, making each easy to follow....This book is definitely worth getting.--Bead & Button.
About the Author
Lisa Bluhm is a creative mixed-media artist who rediscovered the soldering she had learned as a teenager working in a jewelry store. Experimenting with ways to make the craft more cost-effective and safer, Lisa created her own soldered art product line called Simply Swank and currently shares her inspiration in classes and at conventions across the US. Her projects and teaching schedule can be found at LisaBluhm.net. She lives in the greater Seattle area.
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