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Color on Metal: 50 Artist Share Insights and Techniques Hardcover – April, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Guild Publishing (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893164063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893164062
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tim McCreight is a teacher at Maine College of Art in Portland and the author of several books on metalsmithing, including Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing. Nicole Bsullak works in a variety of metals and alternative materials not usually associated with jewelry.

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Tim McCreight is a designer, teacher, author, and goldsmith. He received a degree in fine arts from The College of Wooster and an MFA in jewelry and silversmithing from Bowling Green State University. He taught fulltime for 25 years, first at the Worcester Center for Crafts and then at Maine College of Art. Along the way he has taught hundreds of workshops throughout the US and in Canada, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.

After writing two books for large commercial publishers, he decided to take on the challenges of illustration and layout, joining a new generation of authors who took control of all aspects of their books. In this way he has overseen all details of many of his books, most notably Complete Metalsmith, which is recognized as a standard text in the field. His books have been translated into Russian, Japanese, and Italian.

McCreight's books are characterized by a practical approach and commonsense descriptions that empower beginning artists while confirming information for advanced readers. His curiosity and the obvious pleasure he takes in sharing information makes his books not just readable but fun. Most of his books deal with metalsmithing but he has extended into design and into the genre of creative nonfiction with his very popular Syntax of Objects, re-released in a new edition in 2010. In his efforts to explore new approaches, he has also created an App for iPhone, iPod, and iPad called "Metalsmith Suite," available through the iTunes store.

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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for the coffee table. It has lots of beautiful color pictures with a brief history of the artist and the piece in the photo but if you are looking for ideas with detailed information on how to color metal using mediums other than paint, don't waste your time or money.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By G. Brotherton on August 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
50 artists share insights but the techniques seem to be limited to a brief explanation and a footnote at the bottom of a picture listing the material used. While many of the photos are great examples of what "can" be done with color, you won't be finding out "how" with this book. But hey, you will get to read 50 esoteric explanations of abstract principals, the kind that artists throw in their bios to make their work seem more interesting than it really is. As a coffee table book it's fine but the useable information is extremely limited.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gail L. Rooney on June 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love everything that Tim McCreight has written. However, I wish I had read this title more thoroughly. I am a beginner in metal and was looking for a book to give me recipes for Patinas. This did not. It may help me later on after I have developed more skills.
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I love the photography in this book. The techniques covered are wonderful and I would highly recommend this book to others.
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I am very pleased with this purchase. I was at first disappointed because my used copy is missing the dust cover, but once I opened the book, I realized that it hardly mattered: this is a lushly illustrated gem of a book!
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