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Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers

Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers

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By (author) Elizabeth Bone

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  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 246mm x 20mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 10 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Tunbridge Wells
  • ISBN 10: 1844487571
  • ISBN 13: 9781844487578
  • Illustrations note: 200 colour
  • Sales rank: 13,080

Product description

Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers is a comprehensive examination of all the techniques, surface treatments, and innovations used by silver jewellery makers. Unlike more general silversmithing books that also include silver ornaments, this book places a strong emphasis on the information that is relevant to jewellery makers, giving them all they need to know about working with this unique and versatile material. It takes the reader through the basic skills as well as specialist techniques and treatments for silver jewellery making. Traditional techniques such as filigree are examined alongside contemporary designs that marry metals and mix materials to create unique textures and surfaces. This authoritative and lusciously illustrated book offers a comprehensive and inspirational insight into the art and craft of silver jewellery making for today's artisan. Profiles of contemporary practitioners punctuate every section along with galleries that show a range of finished works. Packed with instructional information and inspiration this book is aimed at the range of home-crafters and the Etsy.com market as well as professional jewelry makers who are looking for a more detailed insight into working with silver. The comprehensive resource section details the practicalities of learning about and selling jewelry in the contemporary accessories market. Silver is easy to work with, affordable, and results in elegant, stylish jewellery that is above the level of the more crafty beads-and-colored-stones style of jewellery making. Being versatile and malleable means this is a material that jewellery makers can experiment with and also use with a combination of other materials to create unique, stylish, and highly sophisticated looking jewellery. Silversmithing and jewellery courses alike are highly subscribed, and barring a highly respected 30 year old title, no other book adequately addresses silver jewellery -making techniques for the modern maker. The majority of silversmithing books focus on ornaments and include a lot of information that is not relevant to the jewellery maker, and there is a distinct gap in the market for this contemporary appraisal of the craft. With its comprehensive range of techniques and inspiration Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers is a must-have for all levels of jewellery makers and designers and guarantees a strong position on the backlist.

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Author information

Elizabeth Bone is an established jeweler who has been practicing for close to twenty years, specializing in working with silver with oxidized or gold-plated details. Elizabeth is a tutor at the London Jewelry School as well as visiting lecturer for other courses. Her work has been featured in a number of publications including Marie Claire, New Directions in Jewelry, 500 Earrings, and The Metalsmith's Book of Boxes and Lockets.

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"London-based jewelry designer and teacher Bone introduces jewelry makers to the art and science of silversmithing in this collection of step-by-step tutorials on a variety of intermediate to advanced metalworking techniques. The coverage is extensive, including sections on texturing, etching, stone setting, and filigree. A brief explanation of silversmithing tools and materials is provided. Even if the idea of silversmithing is outside your jewelry-making comfort zone, the inspiration in this book is priceless." - "Library Journal" A comprehensive guide to working with silver, this is aimed at people who are serious about making jewellery. It takes the reader through the basic skills as well as specialist techniques and treatments, combining traditional methods alongside contemporary designs. Beautifully illustrated, the book also includes trouble-shooting tips, useful information on tools, equipment and best practice, plus profiles of contemporary practitioners.-Craft Focus Every few years a new jewellery manual is published, with varying degrees of accuracy, range and interest. This is a good one by a respected and experienced maker. The 'silversmithing' of the title is more the American 'metalsmithing' sense of manipulating silver, rather than raising bowls and forging spoons (although raising and forging are covered briefly). The book is aimed at an international market with sheet thickness given in gauge and millimetres, and an international ring size chart. Silver is very much the subject; apart from the section on married metals, no other materials are included, and there is nothing on colour beyond patination. This is not a lack, though - the book concentrates firmly on its promise of techniques for silver, and does this very well. The subject matter is comprehensive, with excellent coverage from forming and shaping to a host of surface techniques via chains, findings and casting. This is a good solid compendium for both beginners and jewellers looking to increase their range of techniques. Recommended as a modern staple.-Findings

Table of contents

Introduction SECTION ONE: MATERIALS Main considerations when working with silver Fine silver Sterling silver Tools and materials Measuring and marking tools Holding tools Cutting tools Shaping tools Electrical tools SECTION TWO: TECHNIQUES AND TUTORIALS Basic Techniques Hammering Cutting Filing Shaping Raising and boughing Quenching Stretching Joins Regulating Making hinges Making chains Seaming Soldering Truing Hallmarks or stamping work Planing Repairs Designer profiles and galleries Surface treatments Annealing Pickling Using abrasives Polishing Chasing Engraving Etching Oxidization and coloring Forging Curving wire Making rims Finishing Sand casting Cuttle fish casting Designers profiles and galleries Specialist treatments Married metals Working with stone Metal clay Filigree Designers profiles and galleries Resources Weights and Measures Courses and further reading Tradeshows Guilds