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Chic Metal: Modern Metal Jewelry to Make at Home Paperback – April 7, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book! Great ideas and techniques. Provides great information and ideas!Published 5 months ago by asw
Love this book. Has some great doable projects. I have tried some and as always it isn't as easy as it sounds but after a couple of practice pieces it is pretty easy.Published on July 7, 2014 by Miekelou
Im very sorry I ordered this book, I think I will trade it , and the reason being is that there is not a project inside that catch my attention, I did not feel excited to make any... Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Yudelka
This book was very clear in its instructions. I have made several of the examples following the explicit directions. I plan to made more examples. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Peggy Barnette
Nice photos and very easy instructions. She does a wonderful job of explaining the essential tools you will need, as well how to make the lovely contemporary jewelry pieces. Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Pat
Easy to follow instructions. I can't wait to make some of these beautiful items. The book lists everything you will be needing.Published on January 23, 2012 by kukui nut
First of all, the gorgeous photos are worth the price of the book. Victoria has a great eye for design and each one of her pieces is a one of a kind treasure. Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Dressing Mommy
I wish I'd had this book before I started making metal jewelry! I could have saved myself a lot of aggravation... and this book still has a lot to teach me. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by Grandma Lion