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Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers: Traditional and Contemporary Techniques for Inspirational Results Hardcover – November 1, 2013
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"This beautifully photographed book offers instruction and inspiration to jewelry makers of all levels working with precious and non-precious metals. Jinks McGrath, a designer and jeweler, begins with an introduction to the tools, including cutting tools, soldering tools, chemicals, and metals, including silver, bronze, rhodium and zinc, used in jewelry creation. She then considers different metalwork techniques including basic techniques like fusing, surface treatments like hallmarking, and specialist techniques like enameling. She ends with additional tips for professionals or artists who wish to take their work to the next level including advice on workshop design, selling, and guilds and other associations."
"McGrath, an experienced jewelry maker, condenses her knowledge of metalworking methods into this comprehensive reference that covers all steps of the process from the selection of tools and materials to design and creation of the finished piece. Some knowledge of the fundamentals is assumed: this isn't a beginner's book, though it would serve as an excellent resource for novices with a strong interest in learning more. With its thorough coverage of the topic, attractive photographs, and clear instructions, this title is an excellent addition to jewelry and metalwork collections." -- Library Journal starred review
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Jinks McGrath is a U.K.-based designer and jewelry maker. Her work has been inspired by a number of visits to India, Thailand, and Africa where she worked alongside local masters.
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On the plus side, there are wonderful explanations about noble and alloy metals, their characteristics, and how they are formed and worked in jewelry. There are also excellent comments about various shop tools necessary for your bench and beautiful pictures showing various uses of some of the tools--again, the pictures make sense only if you already know how to execute the techniques. But for the beginning Metalsmith, I'd say, skip this book and buy books on soldering by Kate Richboug and Metalsmithing by Mary Hettmansperger--money well spent!