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Practical Casting: A Studio Reference, Revised Edition Spiral-bound – September 1, 1994

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This book, now in its 5th printing, has proven itself a valuable resource for jewelers, modelmakers and sculptors. Its page-at-a-glance format and convenient spiral binding have earned it high praise as a practical studio tool.

From the Author

As a teacher, I respect the talent of individual artists and their desire to spend time working rather than reading. I've tried to make this book compact, direct, and friendly. It allows a reader to find a needed bit of information quickly, to instantly assess what tools and supplies are needed, and then get to work.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Brynmorgen Press; 2nd edition (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096159845X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961598457
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By PTSideshow on March 28, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
Don't let the sub title Studio Reference throw a scare in you. With its lay flat binding and clear and concise steps, you will be using it in the studio as a ready reference book. As somebody who owns and have read over 25 books on casting and foundry work. This book was a light read compared to some it doesn't get bogged down in to much tech for tech sake. If you just want to find out about what it takes to do a little casting or jump in and go all the way this is the one book for you. I own it.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
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The book covers all aspects of casting. I personally enjoyed the drawings, you can follow them along with the text and start making your wax models. If you have read McCreight's book "Complete Metalsmith" you probably tought the book had too information in a page, well in this book you can actually enjoy reading it since it explains in detail the processes withouth craming too much information in just one page. It is an affortable book with excellent technical instructions about the different methods of model making and casting.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By "auric-argent" on May 1, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
McCreight has written another one of his easy-to-read books for readers and would-be practitioners of the metal smith's or jeweler's art.
The book is well written. Once again the spiral bound format makes it easy to use in the shop.
This book is reasonably priced for the amount of information it provides. McCreight can never be blamed for trying to "gouge" the public with his prices.
Interested in casting? This book is a great place to start!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Frank Troy on February 20, 2006
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This book, like McCreight's other books on working metals, divides the subject into easily digestible portions and treats each topic separately (often on a separate page) with a short discussion. Line drawings help clarify important points. The focus is on the tools, materials, and techniques of lost wax casting, but also covers sand casting, the use of flexible molds, using the services of a foundry, and other topics of concern to the studio metalsmith. It's a great reference tool if you need to look up the proper sequence to use in a particular technique, or a formula for making your own crucibles. Learning to cast almost requires hands-on instruction, and this book alone cannot provide that. But if you're already familiar with casting, it's a wonderful reference.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Morse on March 7, 2003
Format: Spiral-bound
Tim McCreight's books are always excellent, and PRACTICAL CASTING
is yet another gem. I especially appreciate it's easy to follow format and the author's generous "make-it-yourself" directions for tools and gadgets that can be easily put together by the jewelry crafter. These tips really come in handy and save having to buy yet another expensive doodad to complete a process.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Christian on September 1, 2010
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I bought this book as a required text for my first metal-casting class, and it is worth every penny! McCreight's "Complete Metal Smith," which I bought for a prior metal arts course, offers a terrific overview of the casting process, but this book really gets into the details and step-by-step processes for creating a model, proper investing, even how to tell if your metal is the right temperature for optimum casting. His illustrations are very clear and easy to follow; he offers charts for the melting temperatures of different metals; and each chapter is broken down to really spell out what's going on in each step of the casting process. McCreight manages to make a process that can seem overwhelming at first, totally approachable. I also love that it comes with a sheet of tabs to label each chapter - clearly he knows some metal artists are very OCD about these things :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Townsend on January 18, 2008
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Like all of Tim's book this is a keeper. What a great reference to have on hand. I had no prior background in casting and this covers it all from the very basic to the more advanced. A great buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott (Technogeek) on April 23, 2013
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I think all the 4 and 5 star reviews give a good indication of the literary and illustration quality of this book.

But the books construction is above average also. It is fairly compact at 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 3/4 inches, 153 pages, and hard-covered with a spiral binding internally. This mean the book can be tossed around your shop without worry of damaging the valuable pages. The internal spiral binding allows the pages to lay absolutely flat on your workbench. I can follow the directions as I'm executing. Brilliant!

Text size is just a little smaller than average, so some may need their reading glasses.

Overall a very well thought out learning and reference guide.

Highly recommended.
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