The best metal-working books

A Listmania! list by wiredweird "wiredweird" (Earth, or somewhere nearby)
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The list author says: "Nothing replaces a skilled artisan as teacher, but these books come close. Each book picks a range of techniques, and explains it so clearly and completely that you'll feel ready to pick up the tools and try it.

By no means do these books form a complete library - lots of techniques aren't covered in any of these, including many things a bare beginner would need to know. But, if you're an advancing crafter with an interest in any of these variations, these books are the best."
Foldforming
1.  Foldforming by Charles Lewton-Brain
The list author says:
  "Wonderful! A truly novel technique with endless variations - and endless fun."
$26.72   Used & New from: $22.95
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

Creative Metal Forming
2.  Creative Metal Forming by Betty Helen Longhi
The list author says:
  "Just incredible. Really helps you make friends with your hammers, mallets, and stakes. Also has a thread of tool-smithing better than any other book I know."
$40.50   Used & New from: $34.50
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

Chasing & Repoussé
3.  Chasing & Repoussé by Nancy Megan Corwin
The list author says:
  "Seems to cover every aspect of these classic decorative techniques, from tool-making to final product. Just reading it, I came away feeling ready to dig in."
$35.00   Used & New from: $27.95
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

Silversmithing (Jewelry Crafts)
4.  Silversmithing (Jewelry Crafts) by Rupert Finegold
The list author says:
  "Almost a course in itself. The clear, profuse photos lead the developing silversmith through every step. The only things this book doesn't teach are things you need to learn in your hands. (BTW, you can use these techniques unchanged with copper or brass, and make your mistakes at a much lower cost.)"
Used & New from: $49.60
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Pewter Studio: Contemporary Projects and Techniques
5.  Pewter Studio: Contemporary Projects and Techniques by Lisa Slovis Mandel
The list author says:
  "Gorgeous. Covers a wide range of techniques in thorough detail."
Used & New from: $5.71
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Chain Mail Jewelry: Contemporary Designs from Classic Techniques (Lark Jewelry & Beading)
6.  Chain Mail Jewelry: Contemporary Designs from Classic Techniques (Lark Jewelry & Beading) by David Dylon Whyte
The list author says:
  "Doesn't cover every possible technique (there are just too many). What it covers, it covers with exceptional clarity. I plan on stealing his visual notation for use elsewhere."
$17.17   Used & New from: $1.02
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

Ancient Wire - An illustrated guide to making jewelry in the manner of the Vikings and other ancient cultures
7.  Ancient Wire - An illustrated guide to making jewelry in the manner of the Vikings and other ancient cultures by Helene Jacobs
The list author says:
  "The book to have for Viking Knitting. Although limited in scope (it doesn't cover other kinds of knit chain), it covers its chosen topic thoroughly and clearly. Perhaps best of all, it doesn't assume a fully equipped studio - just a few, inexpensive hand tools will get you results as good as anyone's."
Used & New from: $22.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Mokume Gane - A Comprehensive Study
8.  Mokume Gane - A Comprehensive Study by Steve Midgett
The list author says:
  "Maybe not quite the education that other books present, but comes close. Discusses fabrication of the layered metal itself, as well as some projects."
Used & New from: $249.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Metal Style: 20 Jewelry Designs with Cold Join Techniques
9.  Metal Style: 20 Jewelry Designs with Cold Join Techniques by Karen Dougherty
The list author says:
  "Great reference for riveting and nut-and-bolt construction. Doesn't cover every possible kind of cold-joining, but a great choice fer getting started."
Used & New from: $2.38
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: A Workshop in Painting with Fire
10.  Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: A Workshop in Painting with Fire by Barbara Lewis
The list author says:
  "An easy way to add color to metal, without a lot of heavyweight tooling and process."
$17.80   Used & New from: $5.78
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Keum-Boo: Hot Burnished Gold Foil
11.  Keum-Boo: Hot Burnished Gold Foil by Charles Lewton-Brain
The list author says:
  "Another by CLB, just as thorough and inspiring as Foldforming."
Used & New from: $40.50
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Jeweler's Bench Book
12.  The Jeweler's Bench Book by Charles Lewton-Brain
The list author says:
  "Whatever kind of work you do, you'll need a place to do it. This book will make you feel like a kid in a candy shop."
$25.81
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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