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Metalworking 101 for Beaders: Create Custom Findings, Pendants & Projects (Lark Jewelry Books) Paperback – September 1, 2009
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but can you create your own pin or brooch? Well, this book will give your the general knowledge of basic metalworking tricks to be able to do all of this. If you are going to go through all the work to make a truly special piece of beading, why would you buy off the rack clasps, pendants or findings to toss on your one-of-a-kind art? This useful book can show you how to produce those perfect accompanying bits that finish your creation and make it stand out." --Scorpio Moon Jewelry
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The book starts off with an excellent chapter on tools explaining what you'll need and why you'll need them! It even includes a section on texturing metal that gives some fun and useful ideas.
The next chapter includes some basic metalworking techniques with excellent pictures and graphics to give examples on the discussed techniques.
One of the great things about this book is that the author includes little sidebars that give you tips and ideas from her own experiences that are extremely helpful! In my experience the best advice comes from artists who have come up with techniques devised from years of experience!
The Projects in this book are fantastic. I've said this before, but occasionally projects or items in some craft books are overly simple or super cheesy....you won't find this here! There are some gorgeous earrings, bracelets and necklaces to make!
Great instructions, awesome pictures and over 30 gorgeous projects make this book worth every cent!
I recommend this book for any beader and would-be metalworker....you can do it!
I have many tools and materials - including solder and torch - but just didn't know how to put it all together. My book arrived yesterday, and I plan on taking full advantage of the four-day Thanksgiving weekend to try out some things, starting, I think, with a clasp for a special necklace.
Altogether an excellent book!
The sections on how to create headpins, clasps and beadcaps- the reason why I purchased the book were too short, but it is a visually appealing book.
I signed up for a local class which was held nearby. It was a two day class, and I was very excited.
I didn't realize when I went that it was a metalworking class. I thought I would be stringing beads.
In actuality I was learning everything which Candie Cooper teaches in this wonderful book, but without any preliminary knowledge or understanding of what I was doing at all.
I was handed the tools and was taught the techniques without explanation.
I am very sorry I had that experience.
I really could have used it in a far more positive manner, slightly later in my design career.
If you grasp what metalworking is, and wish to learn metalworking, on the other hand, you will be delighted to find this great book, Metalworking 101 for Beaders, in which the author, Candie Cooper, illuminates all of the questions I had at the time about the tools, the techniques, such as sawing and annealing (which I was doing, but really poorly), and the materials required. There are even some super design templates for you to use to replicate some of the projects!
I have now progressed in my desire to become a jewelry designer, and I think that the level of Ms. Cooper's creativity is very exciting. I believe the reader will find, as I did, that her encouraging manner is extremely infectious, and that her designs are truly original and charming!
I love the way she shows how to switch things out to give the reader more options on some of the projects as well. You will want to try out this type of jewelry making after one look through the book.
The way in which she teaches is very accessible and clear.Read more ›
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This book is useful for metal artists who use glass beads, or glass beaders who want to add metal working to their repertoire. Read morePublished 40 minutes ago by Western WA Arab owner
Well written and beautifully illustrated. Perfect book for a beginner!Published 9 months ago by Dawn in Florida
Excellent book for anyone who would like to learn how to make their own custom bead caps, head pins, and other findings that will take their beading and jewelry making to the next... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Frogsong
I love this book ! Our St. Louis Library has this metalworking book and I've checked this out so many times I decided to buy it ! Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by M. Becknell
This book if full of great illustrations and clear instructions. Great ideas for metalworkers as well as beaders. A must have for the beginner.Published on November 8, 2013 by Barbara Timbrook