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  • Series: New Encyclopedia Of...
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Reprint edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076244049X
  • ASIN: B00B9ZE4RK
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jinks McGrath is a jeweler and teacher whose designs have been exhibited and collected for many years. She is the author of several books, including Basic Jewelry-Making Techniques.

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Great reference book.
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Great reference book for beginner to accomplished jewelry design.
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It has very clear instruction and beautiful photos.
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196 of 198 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Prior to my wife's intention to return to college as a mature student, I purchased several books for her on 'Silversmithing', and it is Jinks McGrath's book that she values most highly. In fact her lecturer reccomended it to all the students on the Jewllery Making & Design course. It is an invaluable guide to the beginner with its easy to follow instructions and information. It is well laid out with precise information and an easy reference source to fall back on. You won't be disappointed.
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134 of 135 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The author includes a wide variety of jewelry making techniques primarily dealing with metalsmithing. Full color pictures wonderfully illustrate each section. Simple wire projects, such as making jump rings to more advanced techniques such as inlaying are shown and described with enough detail to understand, but not overwhelm the reader. I'd recommend this book for the beginner who wants to learn about jewelry making, or for those who just want to learn more about jewelry making. Also included is a Themes section of artistic jewelry that will inspire you.
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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By S. Gregory on August 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am just beginning in beaded jewelry and purchased this thinking it would help me. It is a wonderful book and great instructions however, it is not for the beader. This book is very comprehensive on many techniquies such as casting, stamping, inlaying, etc. While it was not for me, if you are interested in other types of jewelry making, this book is for you.
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Joshua G. Feldman on December 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've been setting stones and soldering findings to chains and making bezel settings for a couple of years and want to branch out so I was specifically looking for an introduction to jeweler's techniques such as mokume gane, reticulation, etching, forging, advanced soldering, gem setting (such as bead settings, pave etc...), polishing, fusing, granulation, ingraving, etc... This book looked perfect. It has sections for all that stuff and more. The production values of the book and the quality of illustration photographs are excellent. Sections are organized alphabetically with a an inspirations sections at the back with lots of lovely pics of nicely finished pieces that were made with concepts in the book.

The problem is with the actual content. Each section is just a couple or a few pages long. Concepts are introduced, given just a paragraph or two - and then that's it. Step by step photo illustrated instructions are not referenced in the text per se and almost always lack a picture of the finished piece or effect, leaving you sometimes scratching your head as to what you are supposed to end up with. For example, the section on Mokume Gane gives great step by step instructions and illustrations about how to sandwich, solder, cut and layer - and then dent up to file off and show the layers. But there's no picture of the front of the mokume gane after the filing so you can see what all that work achieved. There's a single picture of a pave setting, but no instructions on how to get there or what a beading tool looks like or how it is used. For gem setting there's a great step by step of making and setting a bezel, but for facet stones there's only a brief step by step on making a basket.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Darrell J Evans on May 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a very useful guide for those who wish to set up at home or in a small retail business since it provides the reader with enough information to confidently tackle all but the most difficult jobs.This book can also help the adventuresome to expand their scope by providing a lot of technical info which allows one to expand one's range of thinking.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
With easy understand and step-by-step instruction, this is a great book for a beginner in jewelry design. In this book, it shows most of useful tools and methods in jewelry making with clear images.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Prior to my wife's intention to return to college as a mature student, I purchased several books for her on 'Silversmithing', and it is Jinks McGrath's book that she values most highly. In fact her lecturer reccomended it to all the students on the Jewllery Making & Design course. It is an invaluable guide to the beginner with its easy to follow instructions and information. It is well laid out with precise information and an easy reference source to fall back on. You won't be disappointed.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Jays182@aol.com on April 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is well written and it's a very picturesque encyclopedia. Not too technical but still very informative with the author's step by step format. Those of you who are pursuing Jewlery as a hobby or a career will want to add this book to your library.
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