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"I always heard that you could fuse fine silver, but after reading [Liz Jones's] book, I was amazed at how simple it seems. Or, at least, she makes it look pretty simple." - About.com Guide to Jewelry Making

"With its clear instructions, big photos, and simple approach, I definitely recommend this title if you're brand new to fusing and brazing." - Chris Franchetti Michaels, jewelry editor, BellaOnline

About the Author

Liz Jones is a jewelry designer and a workshop teacher whose designs have been featured in Stringing magazine. She lives in Seattle.

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Product Details

  • Series: Jewelry Studio
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680661
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great photos,easy to follow instructions.
DL
Great book if you are new to fusing silver wire.
D. Turner
It is definitely a great "beginners" book.
Cynthia R. Flodin

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A. Janney on April 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've been wanting to take a class doing fine silver wire fusing and for less than $16, I got my own little class with this book. I had done the basic balling of headpins with fine silver wire but was intimidated to fuse larger gauges of wire together. (With the price of silver today, I didn't want to make a lot of mistakes.) This book gave me the confidence to try it and within a half hour, I had made a really cute chain bracelet. Her directions are clear and easy to follow. She gives a lot of tips and hints along the way. I have a favorite new jewelry technique!!! I had worked with torches before (with glass), so as long as you can get over the fear of using a torch, it's a fun and easy way to make silver jewelry. I still need a little practice (and you will ruin a few rings when you start out), but my first few projects went so well that I'm excited and inspired to keep going.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By N. Smith on April 27, 2008
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Teaches you making your own ball-end head pins from wire, fusing rings closed, shaping them via hammer or pliers as you can see by the shapes on the cover, stamping "inspiration" links (my favorite find, I will upload a photo of that page in a moment), and it has some good info and tips along the way.

I gave it 4/5 stars because her suggested resources for fine silver wire only offer it in thickness up to 18 gauge - yet for her projects you frequently need thicker stuff. Getting your metal will be pricier than the tools that's for sure!

And it tells you it has to be a pure metal to fuse, FINE silver, not sterling. To me the obvious question is "Ok, so can I fuse and practice with copper first to save a few bucks?" If the book gives you the ok or tips to try copper (or pure gold if you're a lotto winner), I could not find that information in here.

You'll need a kiln brick, torch, pliers, high-quality flush cutters, and fine silver wire to get started on basics. Steel bench block, hammer, metal stamps, and a tumbler if you want to get fancy and finish to perfection. I had everything but a tumbler, which I just picked up on ebay for less than $30. :)

Where I'm coming from FYI: I'm a beadweaver, chainmailler (jump ring weaving really), lampworker, and I've dabbled in wireworking. Somehow I missed trying fusing along the way so this book filled that gap nicely for me. I plan to make frames for my lampwork beads, and some funky links to insert in my chainmaille pieces.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By SSBDW on February 29, 2008
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Although this book is good, it is strictly for beginners. I consider myself an advanced beginner (I've taken one class) and I only learned one thing in this book. Buy this book if you've never done any kind of fusing or soldering and you'll learn alot, but if you've ever done it before buy a different book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Felter on March 9, 2008
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i was intimidated at first by using a torch, but the author makes it simple and accessable to the beginning beader/jewlry maker. i had so much fun playing and love all the complements i get on what i've created. the author includes lots of project ideas and inspiration. i can't wait for a sequal! easy to read, lots of detailed photos. a must have!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CLG on March 1, 2009
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My experience with metal jewelry-making stems primarily with sterling silver (SS), while the use of nearly 99% silver has been used with my glass and Precious Metal Clay (PMC - also approx. 99% silver) work. However, I have to admit that at times the steps taken when soldering SS and removing fire scale is time consuming. I decided to look into working with a purer form of silver and therefore purchased this book. Yes much is the same, but the ability to fuse silver without seeing the fire scale was pleasing (tested it yesterday - couldn't wait). Expense-wise it is often a set-back, but when you take into consideration time also equals money when in production of jewelry pieces, this may equal out. One of the most useful charts in the book was on page 67 where information of amount of wire needed to produce various sized rings. I also enjoyed playing with my little propane torch more than ever (have used it for other things).

Yes this is a basic book, but one that is useful for those previously used to working with SS or those new to field of silver work. There are differences in methodology. I also feel that the safety issues brought up in this book should be required reading in every book that requires the use of machines, tools, or other items that can cause potential health hazards. I also appreciated the more detailed insights on various items (e.g. how the fire brick retains heat thus helping in providing heat to the metal from beneath) and how to set-up a studio focused on silver work. Some items required can be a bit pricey, but luckily for me, I already have them all.

Reference guide, basics to follow, projects to get you started into the design of silver jewelry, and more make this a book to have in your metal design library.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Loki Tucker on January 7, 2009
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I have recently started silversmithing. Before I finally tried it, I was kind of scared of the process. I bought this book because I thought it would be easier to just fuse the silver wire instead of going through all the processes of fluxing, soldering, and pickling silver, and I thought I would have to have an oxyacetyline torch to do it.

In the fusing technique used in this book, the author uses a butane torch, which is quite strong enough to melt sterling and fine silver. I did suceed in completing some of the projects (while experiencing the expected learning curve of destroying quite a lot of silver). However, when I began doing the flux/solder/pickle type of silversmithing, I was quite surprised to find that not only can I solder jewellery findings with a butane torch, doing it this way nearly guarantees that I'm not going to ruin things accidentally. (Heavier projects DO require different gases, but small things like jewellery can be done with butane.)

Solder, particularly easy solder, flows at a lower temperature than molten silver. Since the purpose of silver fusing is to actually melt the silver together, you have to be really meticulous about the timing. Also, when soldering silver, you protect what you are not soldering with a layer of flux, which is then removed by pickling. This keeps the firescale (oxidized silver) to a minimum.

With fusing, the whole ring is covered in firescale, requiring a lot of polishing. It also kind of pits the silver, so if you are looking for a rugged look with built in patina, fusing is a way to achieve that, but if you want shiny smooth silver, be prepared to invest a lot of time and elbow grease. Using a tumbler will help but it takes a lot longer than the time specified in the book.
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