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Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition Hardcover – February 1, 2005
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I was blown away this is truly complete. I hope it gets the recognition it deserves
it's a masterpiece. --Bruce Baker Studio
If you are a super-serious metal worker, youll like this version, which is twice as big as the Student Edition. --Tammy Powley, About.com
a smart, stylish cover and larger binding rings expanded many topics a legacy for future generations. --Tom & Kay Benham, Lapidary Journal
About the Author
Tim McCreight has been teaching metalsmithing for over three decades. He brings his years of experience and his passion for the field into every page.
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A basic introduction to the myriad of metalsmithing techniques with only enough information to frustrate the beginner and bore the professional.
I am scratching my head trying to determine just what "professional" this is aimed at.
There is not one technique presented in any fashion in the book that could be accomplished with any degree of success by a beginner and a "professional" jeweler would be well versed at all of it.
It has more value as an over-view of what is possible and how certain pieces of jewelry are made.
As an instruction book or bench reference…. pointless and near worthless.
BTW I am a self taught silversmith at it for over 20 years.
What this book is: This book is a reference book which touches on many techniques used within the field of metalsmithing and jewelery making. I've been a silversmith for over 15 years and I learned quite a bit from this book. Personally, I think the title of the book is a bit misleading.
Though it does touch on an enormous amount of invaluable information, that's pretty much all it does is touch on it. I certainly wouldn't call it "Complete Metalsmith". The book is illustrated by very small basic drawings, some of which can be a little bit hard to understand.
What this book isn't: This book is not a typical How To book. You're not going to see illustrations or instructions on how to make specific jewelry pieces. And you're barely going to see much in the way of drawings on how to actually do the techniques described. It's more like a text book of techniques without much in the way of visuals.
If you are the type who learns better by illustrations, then I would suggest The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques by Anastasia Young, which I received yesterday and is an absolutely beautiful book with loads of information and gorgeous photographs. And the price is extremely reasonable for such an excellent book.
But if you can swing it, I would recommend both of these books. I wouldn't want to be without either of them.
In all seriousness though, if you have an interest in working with metal, but don't know what specifically you want to do with it, or don't know where to start - buy this book (or the slightly lighter student version).
I bought the book with the intention of picking up some welding/cutting knowledge and wound up discovering my previously unknown obsession with enameling and patination. The book summarizes many different techniques and methods of working with metal and gives a basic description of what the processes involve. It's enough to use alone on some of the techniques, and on the rest it's enough to assist you in figuring out what supplies you'll need to proceed and/or whether or not you'd be served in buying another book specific to that process. Regardless of whether or not the book covers each process completely or not (pretty much impossible unless it was to weigh 50lbs), it's an invaluable reference and very motivating and inspiring to have around. You want this book!