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The Complete Jewelry Making Course: Principles, Practice and Techniques: A Beginner's Course for Aspiring Jewelry Makers Paperback – November 1, 2007
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"This is exactly the kind of book I've come to expect from Jinks McGrath: a thorough, creative, useful, easy-to-navigate, and beautiful text."
--Addie Kidd, Art Jewelry Magazine, March 2009
About the Author
Jinks McGrath is a jeweler and teacher whose designs have been widely exhibited and collected. She is the author of several previously published books on jewelry craft and design. She lives and words in East Sussex, England.
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The book starts with an overview of tools (types of tools and how to use them, their care and maintenance) and materials (a lot of information about working with various metals and their properties). There are also tips on where to look for design ideas and how to evaluate and translate your ideas into designs you can use.
The next section includes thirty-four units on various facets of jewelry making - annealing, soldering, bending, polishing and finishing, using a draw plate, texturing, and more. Each of these units is broken down into tips and how-tos - with lots of photos to supplement the text. The section on annealing has several tips plus some practice lessons in annealing wire and sheet metal.
The final section of the book has a series of six projects that bring together all of the techniques you've been exploring in some neat designs - a ring, an etched bangle, and a textured pendant for example.
I highly recommend this book - I use it as a ready reference. This is a great reference book for a beginning jewelry maker.
They used the same photographs and right down to some of the same text.
For example, on page 11 of McGrath a section on Finding Inspiration is exactly the same text as Hurst's pg 21. And there are many more instances of being exactly the same book with different covers.
Neither books are bad, but don't buy them both. In fact, find another less sleazy publisher than Quarto Books to provide your needs.