Great jewelry is original, well-designed, and -- with the right tools -- can be created at home by the aspiring artist. The Jeweler's Studio Handbook guides you through the process of equipping your own jewelry studio and teaches you the techniques that will have you crafting one-of-a-kind metal jewelry in no time.
Artist Brandon Holschuh walks you through planning your work space, selecting tools and materials, mastering basic metalwork techniques, and applying your new skills to twenty original pieces. In addition, The Jeweler's Studio Handbook encourages novel design, good organization and fearless experimentation, ensuring it will remain an invaluable resource for jewelry artists for years to come.
Invites you into the world of the home jewelry artist, from workbench to gallery Teaches fundamental jewelry-making techniques -- hammering, soldering, riveting, and more -- in full-color photographs Illustrates the steps for crafting twenty beautiful pieces of metalwork jewelry, including rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendants Features gallery-quality jewelry from dozens of contributing artists
Its durability and flexibility make it perfect for creating everyday accessories such as belts, bracelets, buckles, necklaces, dog leashes and collars, key chains, and more. As you will see in Mikkelsen's book, this rope comes in various colors, from army green to hot pink, making it easy to personalize every type of project.
In Paracord!, you'll find step-by-step instructions that take you through every project. Each step is accompanied by a photo that clearly illustrates the process. In addition to learning how to make these accessories, Mikkelsen also includes introductory chapters preparing your paracord for crafting, tying different types of knots, and caring for and cleaning your completed paracord projects.
Author and teacher Kate Richbourg demystifies basic soldering for any home crafter, showing how to create sophisticated, polished, and professional-looking jewelry pieces through simple soldering techniques. First, she instructs how to set up a jewelry workspace that fits the confines of your budget and living space. Detailed step-by-step instructions walk you through the basic tools and materials you need, plus how to use them. A sample chapter gives a host of introductory exercises that teach solid skills, allowing you to test these techniques on a small scale. Finally, you'll discover 20 finished projects that include earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets, and clasps that may also include bead or wire embellishment.
Kate also demonstrates how to combine and layer techniques to gorgeous effect. She also examines common mistakes, shows how to correct or adapt them, and gives advice on when it’s time to start over. Most of all, having taught thousands of classes on soldering, Kate has a "you can do it!" attitude that shines through to help even the most reluctant jewelry maker fire up the torch with ease.
Kate’s expert teaching skills will help projects come alive, right in your own studio.
With Simple Soldering, the art of metal working one-of-a-kind jewelry is now at your fingertips.
Illustrated with photos and drawings to show you all you need to know about patterns, molding, casting and finishing the parts. The lathe specs. include a 7" swing over the bed and 12" between centers. Adjustable tailstock with set-over for taper turning. Adjustable gibs in sliding members and adjustable sleeve bearings in the headstock. A truly practical machine capable of precision work. Once you have a foundry to cast the parts and a lathe to machine them you can tackle more exotic projects.
Whether you are new to chain mail or a seasoned weaver, Chained will introduce you to the art of combining metal jump rings into intricate designs, in a new way. No other book shows how to use so many weaves in so many ways, or gives this ancient art such a beautiful and modern twist. Techniques once used for armor now have a new life and can be used to create elegant adornments.
Open Chained and find: Clear, detailed step-by-step photos that will take you from opening and closing jump rings to finishing your first (or fiftieth!) project Easy-to-navigate "Weave in a Nutshell" options for many weaves that will show advanced chain mail weavers the weave of a project in just a few steps 22 beautiful projects plus dozens of variations, including earrings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants, each with its own skill level and time investment rating Endless options: choose your favorite colors, your favorite metals, customize the size of your project, and find inspiration to add your own unique stamp to any piece of chain mail jewelry Gather your pliers and piles of jump rings and weave your way to beautiful jewelry with Chained.
Automotive Sheet Metal Forming & Fabricationprovides the know-how for people who are working, or want to work, along the nearly endless learning curve of this craft. It instructs in most of the common processes and operations in sheet metal fabrication work. These are the basic ones that you can accomplish with some work, and with access to fairly modest tools and equipment. It focuses on how to perform most of the basic operations and tasks used in metal forming and fabrication. Of course, some of the more exotic tools, equipment, and techniques in this field also get attention in this book, but the emphasis is largely on the reliable basics of this work. This volume shows novice metal workers how to apply force and use fine judgment, and through close observation, creativity, ingenuity, and restraint, create almost any metal part.
Wire welders, metal shears and brakes, planishing hammers, and shrinker/stretchers are readily available and affordable, and therefore, metal forming is no longer the exclusive art of professional craftsmen. In turn, simple to more complex fabrication and metal forming tasks are within the reach of adept enthusiasts, and this book comprehensively explains how to accomplish these fun and satisfying tasks. Enthusiasts are shown how to work steel, aluminum, and some other metals, and how to select a metal for a particular part fabrication. This book also discusses how to determine elastic limits as well as how to shrink and expand metal, heating and annealing, and may other metal working techniques.
Using super-fine wires to create 20 delicate, sophisticated pieces, you'll achieve that "wow" factor, all under the guidance of an expert jewelry teacher. You'll learn how to work with these fine wires successfully, as well as what to do when one of your projects goes awry.
Using techniques in layering, symmetry, and dimensional shaping, you'll come away with a strong foundation in wire working so you can create your own one-of-a-kind pieces. Paired with beautiful, 4-color photographs, Thompson gives you step-by-step instructions to creating jewelry to pretty to keep for yourselfùbut that you won't want to give away!
- Setting up an organized, efficient, inexpensive, and safe workspace.
- Buying the right tools for what they want to accomplish.
- The fundamental concepts of working with metal.
- Key fabrication techniques such as moving, piercing, smoothing, and joining.
- How to add embellishments such as gems and found objects.
- Adding surface textures and colors.
- Attaching chains and mechanisms and finishing a piece to perfection.
- Designing and executing truly unique pieces.
Along the way, special sidebars give readers alternate methods for accomplishing various techniques, tear-free ways to correct common mistakes, safety warnings, and more. The book also includes a dozen original project ideas, with access to more projects and video instruction online.
Inside you'll find 16 artisan projects featuring the attention-to-detail and clear instruction readers' have come to expect from Beadwork magazine. Each beautifully beaded necklace, pair of earrings, pin, and bracelet includes all the direction you'll need from tools to materials to step-by-step illustrations.
With Bead It with Beadwork, you're just a few beads and strings away from creating unique jewelry you'll love to wear.
The charcoal foundry is simple to build and operate and the initial cost is so low that it can be in the reach of nearly anyone. And the fundamentals of pattern-making and molding are easily understood and mastered.
Once you have built the charcoal foundry and the metal lathe in book 2, there is little beyond your reach by way of shop equipment. Build as large or small as you wish and you are your own parts supply company. If you already have some machine shop equipment, you will find that adding a foundry to your shop greatly expands your capacity. Being able to produce your own castings for accessories and equipment is a great advantage. Design your own, make a copy or follow a plan. It's easy when you're in control and can produce your own castings.
Illustrated techniques for beading on and off the loom, threading, stringing and fringing
Combines beading with knitting, crochet, embroidery and wirework for unique results
Includes 30 ‘Bead Something Now' projects, from striking jewelry to stunning accessories
Features useful guidance on taking each technique further to extend your skills
Especially designed for the developing home shop. It’s a horizontal miller, but it has the full range of vertical mill capability when used with the angle plate on the work table.
Extremely rigid and versatile. The work table is 2 3/8" x 12" with a 3/8" T-slot and it travels a full 12". Eight speeds from 43 rpm to 2430 rpm. The spindle raises as much as 6" above the work table and the transmission is designed to follow the vertical travel without straining the column or changing the belt tension.
Accessories included in the project are angle plate, face plate, fly cutter, tail-stand and compound slide assembly with which you can do large swing lathe jobs.
Still no need to look for outside help. It’s a miller and more, and you can build it your self.
Each project builds on simple elements to create sophisticated designs and incorporate off-loom seed bead weaving, stringing, and wirework. Projects include a scalloped chain necklace, pearl Ndebele earrings and bracelet set, mesh pearl bracelet, bohemian drop earrings, a Victorian diamond cuff, and more. Novice beaders can progress through projects and increase their skills and beading confidence while advanced beaders will find exciting new challenges. Included are Lisa’s expert design and technique tips and tricks along with detailed instruction and illustrations for every project. Lisa also gives information on finding special vintage beads and components to give your jewelry that romantic quality plus ways to make modern components look vintage. Beaders will love seeing projects worked in a variety of colorways to provide ideas for endless customization.
Create elegant, feminine, and romantic heirloom-quality jewelry with Bead Romantique.
Jewelry artists will enjoy a collection of new, less-common weaves and challenging projects that inspire and educate.
Author Karen Karon begins by reviewing basic chain maille weaves in order to set the stage for the more complex weaves in this book. She explains techniques needed when working beyond the basics: methods for closing a weave, working with micro rings, working large scale, and using alternative materials in weaves. The book is then divided into 4 sections, each devoted to a particular type of weave: new Persian weaves, Elf-based weaves, Hybrid weaves, and Scale Maille weaves that incorporate sheet metal scales into traditional weaves for a striking effect. Sprinkled throughout the illustrated step-by-step instructions for each weave technique are valuable tips from Karen to help ensure a beautiful finished piece.
Discover the power of creating unique pieces of adornment with the intention to heal. Inside Inspiritu you will turn pages borrowed from a dusty "prescriptions book" revealing restorative secrets of a legendary curandera - a woman healer - and will become inspired to create your own unique jewelry pieces to share with others. From creating your own clasps and jump rings to incorporating keepsakes with new elements there is much to discover here. You'll also: Master a variety of metalworking jewelry techniques such as forging, stamping, sawing, wirework and more. Learn the qualities instilled in specific colors and gemstones to truly target the needs of those you create jewelry for. See how easy it is to turn new objects into ones that appear aged and where to go to find vintage treasures to use in your works. Combine vintage elements with new materials to create striking pieces with both form and function. Pamper yourself or others using the plentiful suggestions for restorative teas and other healing treatments. Whether you enjoy making earrings, bracelets or necklaces, start creating beautiful jewelry for the betterment of your mind, body and soul.
Look. Make. Meet.
Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick reviewEach skill or technique is defined and described
Detailed color photos demonstrate each step
Step-by-step instructions accompany each photo
Helpful tips provide additional guidance
Included are over 30 projects for making many different and useful custom wire findings. Starting off for fundamental skills for beginners then progressing for more ambitious and sophisticated designs, Handcrafted Wire Findings offers great projects for crafters and jewelry makers of all skill levels. A variety of techniques are also highlighted, including basic wirework, texturizing, silver fusing, adding patina, and traditional finishes. With all of these possibilities, there is no limit to what you can create with your own money-saving hand-made jewelry components.
Metal clay's versatility and ability to be enhanced by every other known medium has broadened design possibilities for artists everywhere.
Metal Clay The Complete Guide is the reference book every metal clay artist needs to have on the shelf for quick access to how-to information on a variety of subjects, including: Materials and tools for working with metal clay Metal clay care and handling, including tips for keeping your clay from drying outTechniques including rolling, adding texture, stamping, lids and forming How-tos for shaping bails, loops, beads and connectors Mixing metal clay with glass, enamels, beads, gemstones and more Tips and troubleshooting Four projects: bracelets, lentil bead, box pendant, ring Helpful appendices, including ring sizing, gemstone firing times, drying times, kiln firing temperatures and alternative firing methods Whether you are just getting started or have been working with metal clay or related materials for years, Metal Clay The Complete Guide is guaranteed to be the resource you turn to the most.
The Jewelry Maker's Field Guide walks you through the variety of metalworking tools available and offers guidance on setting up a studio, buying and organizing supplies, and determining what tools to buy and when. Organizing tools by basic functions, Helen offers a solid and logical overview of metalworking techniques and teaches sets of related skills, showing how different tools can sometimes achieve the same end. Each chapter includes stepped demos and applied techniques for using particular tools. The book culminates in projects that combine a variety of techniques and allow the reader to further apply and practice their metalworking skills.
Get a solid foundation for understanding the basic (and not so basic) processes of metalwork!
Looking to take your jewelry skills and experience to the next level? With Making Etched Metal Jewelry you will become an alchemist, a magician, a historian, a storyteller....
The rewards of making etched metal jewelry are plenty. There really is no other way to create jewelry that holds such depth, texture, romance and history. The images you etch are all up to you--use stamps, photos, hand drawn symbols or handwritten text. Add velvet, gemstones, pearls and other bits of ephemera meaningful to you and create something that is truly one of a kind!
With Making Etched Metal Jewelry you will: Learn several techniques for etching brass, copper and nickel silver of all shapes and sizes, following step by step instruction and extensive safety precautions. Make 17 step-by-step projects including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and more. Incorporate beads, wirework, fabric, ribbon, photos, soldering and more into your jewelry as you master techniques as varied as wrapping bead dangles and cutting and doming metal circles. Make a statement. Make an heirloom. Make etched metal jewelry!
In addition to practicing basic weaves and creating beautiful pieces, beginners will learn many other important skills. They will learn how to use chain mail to embellish leather and other materials, add crystal accents, make stretchable chain mail with rubber O rings, add color with anodized aluminum rings, and more!
A welcome addition to a best-selling series, The Wireworker's Companion is a complete, compact resource for wireworking techniques.
Experts Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson act as your trusty guides, first explaining in-depth about all the tools, materials, and wire-wrapping fundamentals you'll need. They then cover more advanced topics, including texture and patina, chain maille, and even basic metalsmithing.
Whether you are new to wire or a wireworking wizard, The Wireworker's Companion is the essential reference for your wireworking adventures.
The author of Beaded Allure is back with more exquisite, enticing jewelry you will love. Kelly Wiese ensures that all eyes will be on you with 26 dazzling designs for creating necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more. She covers basic beadweaving techniques and stitches, then expertly guides you through each project step by step.
Inside A Beaded Romance, you'll find: 11 beading stitches that are easy to learn, with additional information on tools, materials and techniques. 26 projects with detailed instructions, photos and difficulty ratings that will allow beaders of all skill levels to dive right in. Jewelry patterns for every style, whether it's charming or seductive, modern or classic. Get swept away in A Beaded Romance!
Clear, step-by-step instructions, accompanied by scores of illustrations, tell how to cut initials and inscriptions using a variety of alphabets, including script, ribbon, vertical script, and Roman letters as well as block and Old English. You'll also learn how to design and cut initials in monograms, what forms to use for properly decorating and embellishing engraved work, and how to correctly shape and maintain tools, particularly square script gravers — a tool basic to many different kinds of engraving. A glossary of terms and extensive, helpful question-and-answer section round out this immensely beneficial guide.
While practicing artisans will find many useful suggestions for improving their professional work, beginners will especially consider The Jewelry Engravers Manual a valuable tool for mastering the art of engraving.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
In Wirework, Dale "Cougar" Armstrong showcases her classic jewelry style and shows how to create beautiful custom bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings, and rings in 18 projects. You'll learn:how to work with half-hard wire; when to use other tempers and whyDale's favorite tools and proper tool usageusing geometry in wire-jewelry functions; making the "right" right angles; shaping with and without mandrels; using "found" items for shaping; when and how to use snap-set components; choosing the right cabochons and gemstones
Wirework will challenge artists to be creative, think outside the box, and transform jewelry into their own style.
An innovative new material is turning traditional soldering upside down. Scott David Plumlee, author of Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry, teaches jewelry makers how to use a revolutionary new soldering paste and a small hand-held butane torch to create a range of seemingly complex but easily doable chain and bead designs at their kitchen table--no elaborate, expensive studio required. Scott's ingenious methods, clear instruction, and inspiring designs will give any aspiring jewelry maker the confidence to master this formerly intimidating technique.
Eye-catching, ornate and fashionable, jewelry created with soutache braid can be made easily!
In Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making, you'll learn the basic techniques of soutache embroidery, and then get creative with 15 easy-to-follow projects for bracelets, earrings, brooches, rings and necklaces. Get inspired by author Csilla Papp's ideas, then use your imagination to put your own twists on projects like the simple but stunning Zima Earrings and Baroque Bracelet, or a challenging statement piece like the India Choker. Color and stone choice combine with elaborate braids to make these pieces distinctly yours.
Add an elaborate element to your jewelry work with Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making.
Projects are constructed with a range of materials, from precious metals to plated and colored wire for an eclectic mix of funky and fabulous designs. Various types of wire and chain are mixed up with stones, beads, and cords for an interesting and assorted collection of designs. Wire Style has everything you need to know to begin your journey or to perfect your wire-working skills.
Starting with a discussion of safety, tools and materials-including the types of metals appropriate for wire wrapping-and helpful tips, tricks, and techniques necessary before beginning a first project, the authors cover all of the basics of this deceptively simple technique. Using detailed process photography, Jewelry Studio: Wire Wrapping shows all the basics of wire wrapping step by step then takes the reader through progressive skill building projects to teach a range of wrapping techniques. Projects include bracelets, earrings, pins, and wire wrapped pendants and also include instructions for the highly sought-after wire-wrapped cabochon. Before you know it you'll be creating an elegant bow tie bracelet, a celtic link bracelet with matching earrings, a wire wrapped ring, a beautiful bracelet with coils, and more!
Discover the stunning beauty inherent in asymmetry, raw edges, rust and an intimate story as you explore the manipulation of metal your way. Jen Cushman will lead you step-by-step through 21 projects that unleash metal's wonderful potential for a style that is delightfully imperfect and organic. Even if you've never wielded a hammer before, Making Metal Jewelry will have you creating jewelry pieces you'll be proud to wear this weekend! Everything you need to know to get started right away awaits you inside. Explanations of different types of metal, wire, patinas, metalworking tools, soldering basics and more. Complete step-by-step instruction for a variety of jewelry pieces including earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants. Inspiring variations on several of the projects, and online links to additional project ideas. Begin your new relationship with metal today. Let Making Metal Jewelry unleash your metalworking potential and start creating jewelry that's authentically you.
Discover:More than 100 color photographs and illustrations walk you, step by step, from where and how to shop for wire and beads, choosing the right kind and gauge of wire, to what tools-of-the-trade you'll need to borrow or buy.How to make basic jewelry components such as loops, jump rings, findings, and connectors and then create one or all of the 6 projects including earrings, rings, a bracelet - or decorated cards.An abundance of tips and resources will keep those ideas flowing.With Getting Started Making Wire Jewelry as your guide, you'll master the art of creating beautiful wire jewelry and gifts in no time!
Each chapter investigates a specific color principle, with the discussion supported by a related exercise, a “studio tool” assignment or demonstration, a polymer clay jewelry project, and a profile of a prominent polymer clay artist. Sample topics include:
•The Complexity of Color
•Three Properties of Color
•Choosing Your Palette
•Mixing Colors That Flow
•Matching Colors with Precision
•Games Colors Play
•Orchestrating Color Combinations
•Color Composition: Placement and Proportion
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Fabulous works of metal art don't require expensive materials, dangerous tools, or special safety gear. Ordinary copper tubing and rolls of sheet copper are available at any hardware store or home center, and can be used for an infinite number of clever and creative craft items. Crafting with Copper gives readers complete plans and directions for 27 easy-to-build projects they'll be proud to display in home and garden, or give away as gifts.
Working with copper is a remarkably easy craft-one that will introduce readers to the wonderful world of creative metal work and build confidence in their skills. Soft and bendable yet rigid enough to hold its shape, copper pieces can be fashioned with simple cuttings tools and cheap propane torches, or put together with screws or glue.
The things you collect - the ticket stubs, the coins, the pieces of shell from a beach - hold meaning and significance, reminding you not only where you've been, but also where you're capable of going. Making these items into wearable pieces of art - amplifying their power to become amulets and talismans - is a rewarding experience that's easy to do.
Working with the most basic of tools, you will learn cold-connection jewelry techniques to expand your creative process. In addition to basics like creating jump rings and using a file, you will also:Make your own hook and latch claspsCut windows from sheets of metalInlay designs into polymer clayIncorporate concrete into your workAchieve patinas with heatJournal your thoughts onto faux boneTurn paper pulp into realistic rocksCreate "time capsule" beads from PlexiglasAnd much, much more!Discover the rewards of making your own amulets and talismans by learning new techniques to drive your creativity in an entirely new direction.
Stephanie Wells’s unique, trendsetting Double Happiness earrings have been regularly spotted on Oprah, Alicia Keys, Rachael Ray, and Beyoncé. Here, the award-winning designer shows you how to make 40 of her signature earring styles—without sacrificing time or budget.
You’ll learn basic jewelry making skills, as well as Double Happiness techniques for making frames, wrapping wires and beads, and connecting multiple wraps. Whether your style is chic, glamorous, rock-and-roll, or bohemian, you’ll find easy-to-make earrings that will revive—and revolutionize—any outfit.
From the Trade Paperback edition.