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Hot Connections Jewelry: The Complete Sourcebook of Soldering Techniques Paperback – July 12, 2011
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There was a freedom working with metals that Jennifer could not find in other media. The malleability, textures, and unlimited possibilities of raw metal continue to excite her creative impulses. Along with the flexibility and natural beauty of metals, the idea of metal as industrial material was an intriguing concept that inspired much of her early pieces and continue to today.
The foundation of Jennifer's jewelry design is based on this idea: organic themes mixing with machine inspired motifs, the interplay between these two extremes, and the beautiful and interesting mathematical patterns that occur in nature. Using sterling silver, gold and gemstones, typical combinations include stars, flower petals, pine needles and bird's wings alongside machine parts and perfect geometric shapes. Kinetic movement plays an important role in the designs, concentric circles spinning inside hexagons or a straight stairway of silver folding like a puzzle. The themes are complex and original, but the jewelry itself is very simple and stylish.
Jennifer recently completed her first book, entitled "Hot Connections", published with Random House, due out in July of 2011. The book is about introductory jewelry making techniques using a torch.
Jennifer currently lives and works in South Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood where she enjoys a very supportive community of artists and friends. Her work can be seen at some of the country's most prestigious fine craft festivals and at many galleries and museums.
Top Customer Reviews
There are two sections on soldering. One is your beginner basics and other somewhat more advanced techniques, but it is in no way a complete sourcebook on the subject.
Beautiful jewelry making book, but I didn't want another book on jewelry making. I was looking for a comprehensive guide on soldering and this is not it. Period
The book is broken down into six sections, and each section (other than the Basics chapter) has three projects which build upon the skills learned in that section:
1. Soldering Basics
2. Essential Fabrication & Soldering Techniques
(sawing, drilling, riveting, soldering, shaping)
3. Forming Metal: Other Fabrication Techniques
(scoring, bending, forging, dapping)
4. Textures, Patinas, & Finishing
(chasing, reticulation, rolling mills, patinas, polishing)
5. Adding Stones & Beads
(gemstones vs other materials, setting stones)
The projects are nothing like I've seen in other books. They're modern, sleek, and almost architecturally influenced. Yet you could take these designs and easily move them to the whimsical and playful arena, as is evidenced in the extensive (and gorgeous!) gallery photos.
Is this a book for the beginner? I believe so. Don't let the amazing cover fool you or scare you. Is this a book for the more advanced artist? Certainly. That's the beauty of this book. There is truly something for everyone, and many, many jumping-off points for your own creativity.
After reading a few pages in each section, it seems as though the author actually put some thought into how the readers will understand this book!
I found 'Hot Connections Jewelry' to be an easy-to-understand read. Jennifer is very in-depth on the methods that she describes, yet she's not wordy in the least.
I love that this book is clean and uncluttered. It's a collection of necessary simplicities covering simple garage guerrilla methods to top shop jewelers' methods.
I'd recommend this to anyone interested in gaining the knowledge to creating beautiful metal jewelry.
Chin writes that she "conceived of Hot Connections Jewelry as an easy-to-follow resource for people who have experience making jewelry with beading, wirework, or cold-connection techniques and want to expand their skills to include soldering in their creative repertoires". I think she has achieved her goal and created a great guide to soldering with much more than soldering in it.
The book is profusely illustrated with color photos as well as very detailed sketches.
There are six sections. Each section contains an overview of the subject, lessons, and projects. There are also gallery photos in each section. Each gallery photo includes a short description of how the item was made. I found these descriptions very useful. The jewelry throughout the book is modern in style with clean lines, and graphic shapes.
Section One covers the nitty gritty details on how soldering works, choosing and using torches, metal, and workspace. I really like the annealing color chart that was included in the section on using torches, as well as the review of safety procedures. Lesson One is on annealing sheet metal.
Section Two details basic fabrications techniques such as sawing, shaping, and riveting, among other techniques. There are step-by-step lessons on each technique.
This section also contains the basic soldering overview including solder and flux, soldering tools, soldering methods, and pickle. The solder and flux section has useful charts on solder melting points & uses, and silver solder melting and flow temperatures.Read more ›
Jennifer is a talented jewelry artist and her work is really lovely and engaging. There are some nice projects in the book, which are presented in a logical order from those that are easier to those requiring more skill. I particularly like the "Retro Bracelet," which has a nifty closing mechanism incorporated into the design.
There are a couple of things I would like to have seen in a book with a subtitle "The Complete Sourcebook of Soldering Techniques." For instance, I would like to have seen a section on working with binding wire, which is mentioned as a tool in the "Soldering Tools" section but not addressed in a technique in the book. I would have also like to have seen a section on how to correct wonky edges or, better yet, how to prevent wonky edges in the first place.
The rest of my comments deal more with editorial issues, such as how the publisher produced the step-by-step photos. The photos are indicated by letter and the paragraphs are indicated by number (with the letter somewhere in one of the paragraphs), which creates unnecessary confusion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I give it three and half stars. Let just say its not a bad book to help learn.Published 16 months ago by madonnama
This is a nice little instruction book in general. The projects were nice, but it is by no means a book on soldering. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Gail
Simple clear photos and great layout! It covers many techniques, it is a great addition to my library of jewelry.Published on December 20, 2013 by juliana
Great book! Comprehensive for new metal designers and great refresher for those getting restarted. Inspirational design photography to motivate all!Published on October 31, 2013 by beth dix