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Silversmithing (Jewelry Crafts) Hardcover – August 1, 1983


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Product Details

  • Series: Jewelry Crafts
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (August 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801972329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801972324
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Binder on May 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've been looking for an affordable book on silversmithing for years. "Silversmithing" is *it* . If I ever buy another book on raising metal, it won't be because there's something lacking in this one; "Silversmithing" covers the topic from spout to handle and to foot to lid.
As a writer, I appreciate the effort that went into writing and organizing this work. As a lifelong metalsmith, I've learned techniques from my first skim that are only hinted at in other works on the subject. Feingold and Seitz have managed to do something where other authors in the jewelry field have fallen short: they explain the details that lifelong familiarity tends to omit as obvious or so natural as to be forgotten. Where Herbert Maryon's "Metalwork and Enamaling" and Oppi Untracht's "Jewelry Concepts and Techniques" (both excellent books, by the way) fall short, "Silversmithing" shines in concept, craftsmanship, and finish. And yes, in the details, where the true art of precious metalwork is revealed.
Regardless of price, "Silversmithing" is a worthy addition to any serious metalworker's library; at under $40, it's a *must have*.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Kingston on June 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There is little that can be added to what the other reviewers have already said in terms of the quality of the information and material in this very good book. The high point for me is the large amount of black and white photos, all of perfect lighting and quality, that accompany the text. If, like me, you are a novice but are learning the hard way without someone to personally guide you then these will be a god send compared with the other high quality books out there that lack them.
As to the book itself the authors have broken it into six main sections:
1. Introduction to Silversmithing
2. Basic Treatments
3. Basic Tools and their uses
4. General Procedures
5. Special Procedures
6. Projects
From my own point of view the Projects section is the best because we get to see these very able men firstly "Sink a Bowl" then they "Sink a Plate and Tray". Next they "Raise a Bowl without crimping" and then one with crimping. They then raise a "Creamer with Self-Spout". "Construct a Box", "Forge some Flatware", "Forge a Punchbowl Ladle" and finish with "Stretching a Gravy Boat". The accompanying photos show the tools for each item and we get almost a complete set of photos showing the stages from start to finish.
The items they manufacture have little decoration which is not required due to their design. So whilst there is a section on Chasing and Repoussé work it is not as extensive as in some of the other books out there. However it gives the basics to start from. If someone is looking for a more exhaustive treatment of that subject then they would be better to consult "Metal Techniques for Craftsmen" by Oppi Untracht.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Harold Cook on June 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is THE book to have for anyone interested in hammer-forming silver, copper, tin, and other non-ferrous metals. This is an in-depth, detailed, well-illustrated and CLEAR explanation of the tools and techniques for hammering soft metal sheets. This book has the information that all the other smithing books leave out. Highly recommended!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Terry Ogden on January 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The 3 stars represent disappointment on applicabiity, not the quality of the book. I did find some useful instruction which will apply to my size scale, like bending flat strips, raising, tensioning and a few other things, but if you are looking for something on the wear scale, this ain't it unless you want to do really tiny teapots and bowls.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book if you are interested in Silversmithing as a profession, or if you are just interested in the processes/procedures/tools (as I am). Well illustrated. This book if a find!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Miller on September 5, 2005
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Good book, good photos and explanations. Nothing takes the place of a good teacher but this is worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James G. Elliott on November 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a Great Book...... Everything and I mean everythiing you need to know about Silversmithing and More... A need for every startup or novice in the field.... step by step on everyting you need to know....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seeley Gal on March 15, 2006
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Some great information in here... Not a lot about jewelry, however. Great for learning use of tools, polishing, etc. More geared towards large items like silver bowls and utensils. All black and white, maybe not as appealing as full color photos. Nice reference book.
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