- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 5th Rev ed. edition (November 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486227022
- ISBN-13: 978-0486227023
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Metalwork and Enamelling Paperback – October 5, 2011
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Although the editor of this fifth (1971) edition says that many tools and materials were updated, it still retains a lot of its older character. Soldering, for example, describes torches that I've only ever seen as antiques, and never mentions modern fuels like propane. Maryon presents dozens of formulas and recipes for everything from soldering alloys to etchants. While most are still helpful, many seem quaint. A few look downright scary to contemporary workers, such as a patination recipe that dissolves arsenic in acid. A little good sense will steer the modern reader toward safer techniques and materials, however. The section on twisted wire, for example, offers many decorative motifs that even beginners can use and explore on their own.
Modern how-to books tend to be better illustrated and be more helpful regarding contemporary tools and materials. Also, some mis-statements (such as the idea that Japanese layered metals were bonded with solder) have been corrected by later research. Still, if you want to look back in time for inspiration, historical grounding, or wide-ranging coverage of many topics, this classic is a great place to start.
In this age of poorly trained metalsmiths who rely on style rather than substance, this book is vital in learning how to approach jewelry making. Age old craftsmanship is nearly dead in our powder coated silhouette machine made age of disposable jewelry. Buy this book now and read how old school artists, trained in a tradition that reaches back to ancient times did it.
If you consider yourself a real crafts-person and don't have this book, buy it now!
If the other parts over metalworking and enameling are as good, and they look as good with a cursory glance, this text is perfect for someone who is going "How do they/I make REAL jewelry, anyway", where by REAL jewelry I mean you make your own materials, as opposed to combining beads and other materials that are pre-made and store-bought.