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Metal Style: 20 Jewelry Designs with Cold Join Techniques Paperback – May 10, 2011
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"Cold-join jewelry, which uses both household and jewelry-making tools rather than heat or solder for metalworking, allows the use of components that could be melted or distorted by high heat. Jewelry designer Dougherty, along with a number of contributors, explores the possibilities of cold-join jewelry in this collection of projects, which range from simple, modern pieces to edgy, industrial compositions. Many of the contributors have backgrounds in fine art or sculpture, which should give readers an idea of the complexity of the projects. They aren’t for beginners, but for jewelry makers experienced in working with both metal and jewelry tools." - Library Journal
"...a fabulous new book..." - CraftGossip.com Jewelry Making Guide
"Opens a world of jewelry making to those interested in working with metals but not that eager to pick up a torch." - About.com Guide to Jewelry Making
"The projects not only teach cold joining skills, they are trendy, wearable and easily adapted to creative interpretation so take the plunge and add cold joining to your next piece." - monstersandcritics.com
About the Author
Karen Dougherty has been a lampwork and jewelry designer for over ten years. She has a BA from the University of South Carolina Art Studio Department, with an emphasis in graphic design. She also holds a certificate in jewelry design from Temple University. Karen's jewelry designs have been published in Step by Step Beads and Creative Jewelry.
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One reason is that it deals with mostly metal, which sounds obvious, but many metal working books spend tons of space and time on metal clay. To me, that is an entirely different medium (certainly a different set of tools!)...so I hate it when I end up with a clay book instead of metal. This does touch briefly on using metal clay, but for the most part it's focused on true metal jewelry designs.
Sometimes found objects are incorporated, which is very helpful...the cover shot of the owl is actually made of a portion of an old scissors sharpener (the eyes). The tools that are used are found in most metal working/fabricating jeweler's workshops...so you don't have to run out and get something new.
Another big "pro" is that the designs are adaptable to what you have, and you don't have to send off for some unusual item from another manufacturer. Sometimes you can get a great design book only to find that what they use, for the most part, is from a specialized studio. And you can't replicate it unless you stop and place another order. I did purchase a title recently that had lovely designs, but then I realized it was basic stringing techniques with tons of rare, custom, and extremely expensive components. It was more of a catalog than an instruction book! So I emphasize that this explains the designs and alternatives without the cleverness of the design being dependant on an additional product!
Photo illustrations are clear and organized well. I think some might be a bit brief for a novice, but a good fabrication reference book is useful to have on hand as a supplement to any jewelry design book.
My favorite type of art and/or craft book is heavy on information and technique, with plenty of step-by-step photos and accompanying text to illustrate various processes that I'm interested in learning. Inspiration is important as well, but it's third on my list of priorities. I really dislike books that are beautiful and filled with inspiring artwork, but offer little in the way of practical instruction. So that's where I come from as an avid consumer of art-technique books (I spend hundreds of dollars on books every year!). Given that perspective, you will understand why I like this book so much and heartily recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about cold connections and other basic metalsmithing techniques.
Metal Style offers instruction on a variety of topics such as riveting and tabs, using bolts and screws, etc. plus basics like sawing out sheet metal and other materials, using different tools to texture metal, and design considerations. Best of all, it's a compilation of art from some of today's hottest jewelry makers and teachers, so as a reader I get to see their current work and learn directly from them as they offer step-by-step instruction and advice on jewelry design and construction.
I love the variety of projects in this book, from some fairly simple pieces to get you started to some very complex and challenging designs that inspire the beginning metalsmith to think bigger and bolder. If you're really interested in learning how to make creative and artistic jewelry with cold connections, I strongly recommend this book. It's a keeper!
Sharilyn Miller, author of Arty Jewelry & Arty Jewelry II