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Metalsmith's Book of Boxes and Lockets Hardcover – April 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Brynmorgen Press; 1st edition (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929565232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929565238
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent instructions, good photos, and even new ideas. Inspirational. --Amazon reader

I must concur with the general consensus that McCreight's book are all essential resources for the metalsmith. --Amazon reader

As usual, Tim McCreight has created an awe inspiring (and inspirational) book with great direction, beautiful photos, unique creativity --Amazon reader

About the Author

Tim McCreight is a metalsmith, designer, author, and teacher. The author has been working in metals since 1970 and along the way has published more than a dozen books and made four videotapes. He has taught workshops in the United States, England, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. He writes for several magazines and consults for industry.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I can't wait to start working on some boxes and lockets of my own.
Linda Gasparini
This book is a good introduction to the challenges and problems of making closing containers.
rjrober
There are a lot of very cool concepts and good instruction in this book.
G. Townsend

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By rjrober on March 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a good introduction to the challenges and problems of making closing containers. As always, Tim McCreight includes process, principles and tips for success. The pieces included from other artist's are inspiring. If you are interested in making hinged containers and catches, this is a must have. My students grab this book from the shelf all the time to use as reference.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Shore on April 7, 2010
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As always Tim McCreight's book was insirational. The book has a good range of photos of boxes and lockets made by a variety of jewellers to appeal to a wide range of people.

Tim explains techniques and adds diagrams in a detailed but simple way for us all to understand. He also writes about problems we may have when making hinges.

What made it apt for me was his comment on page 55, "If this is your first hinge, schedule about five minutes to open and close your box, smiling broadly."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cadmentr on January 18, 2009
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This book is just what the metalsmith ordered for anyone interested in creating boxes and or lockets.
Mr. McCreight's instructions are clean clear and precise, and when followed yield wonderful treasures.

From 90 degree corners to hinges to hidden catches are covered in this book. No good metalsmith should be without this book in their reference library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on November 6, 2013
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This book is crucial for any metalsmith wanting to learn fabrication techniques. Most of the book contains examples of boxes and lockets, but there are many detailed demos on how to make hinges, clasps, etc. Must have!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Razine Wenneker on November 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Metalsmith's Book of Boxes & Lockets

Many years ago I attended classes at Craft Alliance. This is a wonderful craft center in St. Louis, Missouri. The metalsmithing studio was well equipped with a more than ample library. The books on the shelf ranged from Tim McCreight's small wonder "The Complete Metalsmith, to "Form Emphasis for Metalsmiths," Heikki Seppa, and "Jewelry Concepts & Technology," Oppi Untracht.

The students ranged from beginner to the more advanced. One particular student caught my attention. She was very reserved, but extremely focused. Each week I marveled at her mastery of the metal and its adaptability to her design requirements. Her finished container with its reticulated top was a "piece de resistance."

I was delighted to discover Debbie LaFara as one of the featured artist in "The Metalsmith's Book of Boxes & Lockets" by Tim McCreight. She started with a sheet of metal, cutting out shapes for the body and legs. Her tiny cylindrical hinges fit like a glove. Her soldering skills were impeccable.

As I perused the book many metalsmithing processes were presented to the reader. The instructive photographs, along with the author's excellent detailed step by step process, made a wonderful source of information for both the novice and more advanced metalsmithing practitioners. The book begins with building a box and continues on to explore hinges, lids, catches, tubing, soldering techniques, and finishing

Even if one has not advanced to Debbie's level, this book's contents are a treasure trove of information. It is very obvious that one does not have to feel "boxed in" when exploring one's own creativity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By junior jeweller on April 19, 2011
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i love the architecture and whimsy of the boxes herein and there is sufficient instruction for me to design and construct my own boxes from the outset. inspirational and practical book that i'm delighted to own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JustKim on November 25, 2013
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great examples of lockets. interesting designs, but short on "how to" make them

more of an inspiration book than for Techniques
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Doremus on February 7, 2008
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This is one of my all time favorite metals book. Great images and ideas it is wonderful eye candy.
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