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Chic Metal: Modern Metal Jewelry to Make at Home Paperback – April 7, 2009

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VICTORIA TILLOTSON teaches jewelry making at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her collection and work can be seen at victoriatillotson.com and on the pages of fashion magazines like Lucky.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1St Edition edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307409198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307409195
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Victoria Tillotson hit this book waaay out of the ballpark. This is the book that made me buy some hard-core tools.
This is a welcome and maybe even necessary addition to beginning metal jewelry.
Her instructions and approach show that she is a teacher. The chapters and projects are truly arranged by building skills and confidence while making really stylish jewelry. As you're reading and doing, you get the feeling that she's standing over your shoulder giving pointers and guiding your hands.
She starts with an in-depth discussion of tools divided into needs,(the must haves) and wants (nice to have when you really get into more metal jewelry. One thing, there's not an in-depth discussion on wire temper, guages and sheet metal, but if you done some wire work, what is there will suffice.
As usual with Potter Craft, there is a beautiful shot of the project followed by step-by-step instructions with line drawings for clarification and templates for some of the designs.
Instead of starting with the usual beginner-intermediate-advanced chapters, she starts with "extreme beginner" using tools most wire workers would already have on hand; wire cutters, round-nose pliers and hammers. (The cover project is in the first chapter). There are wire-forged earrings, a really cool curvy bracelet, and a "Omega" chain necklace (AKA ladder chain or eyelet chain).
The next chapter is confident beginner and introduces the Dremel for polishing and drilling and using the jeweler's saw for cutwork. These two chapters alone will have you making great looking metal jewelry.
As far as the dreaded S word, it's sawing not soldering which is next.
Chapter three introduces the torch for soldering and the first soldered projects are simple and classic bangle bracelets.
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For anyone who has already learned basic wire and bead skills, this is a great bridge book to learn how to move onto other types of jewelry making. The author is encouraging as she coaches you through the steps for each project or explains what a particular tool is used for. If you can't make it to her class in New York, this is obviously an option to consider. See the full review here: [...]
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Chic Metal is a great book for jewelry fans who want to start working in metal. The tone of the book is light and fun, but the techniques are real. I did the first few projects and feel I'm learning a lot, since I've only done beading before. The author really makes the techniques feel approachable. Like many other beaders, I was intimidated by metal, but this book gave me courage. Plus now I can make my own clasps and can add interesting elements to my designs to bring them to the next level, like creating my own charms. Highly recommend!
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By DLF on October 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been selling books, tools, and supplies to jewelers, craftspeople, and hobbyists for 15 years and while there are a number of excellent jewelry-making books available, Chic Metal is one of the very few to make the true beginner feel comfortable from page 1.

Designed for people who have no previous exposure to jewelry-making (and who definitely don't own the sometimes expensive jewelry-making tools), Victoria Tillotson has brought a distinctive and unique sensibility to getting started making beautiful jewelry. The designs are timeless and can easily be customized by the maker as their skills increase. The book shows a progression from the most basic of techniques up through traditional jewelry-making skills, including soldering with a small torch.

It's a wonderful book for yourself or as a gift to someone who loves jewelry. In addition, Victoria is an accomplished and respected jewelry teacher in NYC and her classes are always full with students who come back semester after semester because of her easy demeanor, extensive knowledge of both jewelry-making and jewelry history, and the incredible ease with which she is able to translate her skills to her students.

It's a great book (and with luck her publisher will demand that she write another.)
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Metal jewelry making is an intimidating hobby to start for someone who knows nothing about the tools and practices and knows no one who does it to ask for advice. But, this book spells out everything clearly and simply for beginners -- how to start making nice metal jewelry pieces from the first page.

About a month ago, I'd never picked up a jewelry tool, not even beads. (But I don't want to do beads.) I was scared before I started this new hobby. I looked through many books at the bookstore and chose this and a few others. After thoroughly going through them all and making a bunch of the pieces described in this and the other books, I determined that this was the best book -- it explains and illustrates easy beginner techniques that *anyone* can do at home with things you can get easily. I can't believe how easy everything is. I don't know why I didn't start doing this hobby earlier in my life.

The author's voice is that of a nice, regular person explaining techniques (and its not too wordy like some other books that seem to want to fill pages.) The projects are so easy and result in such nice pieces that you are like OMG *this* is how professionals do it. I looked up the author's website and see that the jewelry she is showing us how to make in this book are very similar to the pieces she sells for a decent amount of $ per piece! She's giving away her design secrets. You don't get that in other books. Most other books give you generic, boring things to make.

I'll probably buy this as a gift for a few ppl this xmas season.

Thanks to the author for the gr8 book. Hope to see a continuation of this book soon cuz I'm almost done with making the pieces in this one.
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