Thursday, March 06, 2014

The best books on metal fabrication jewelry



Do you want to add some metal skills to your jewelry-making repertoire?  Here are the best books to introduce you to the wonderful world of sawing, folding, forming, soldering, stamping, and riveting!

Simple Metalwork Jewelry by Judy Freyer Thompson
A good introductory book.

Metalsmithing Made Easy by Kate Ferrant Richbourg
A great book to get you started if you're serious about metal.

Cool Copper Cuffs by Eva M Sherman
Here's an intermediate projects book for you metal-heads!

Handcrafted Metal Findings by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson
Don't ruin a good design with mass-produced findings!

Wire + Metal by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson
This book takes the fear out of working with metal.

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry by Beth Martin and Eva Sherman
Beautiful original designs.

Enameling Made Easy by Anat Silvera
Using a small hand-held butane torch!

Patina by Matthew Runfola
More than 300 color effects and recipes.

Hot & Cold Jewelry Connections by Kieu Pham Gray
Because it's nice to have choices.

Bead Meets Metal by Kay Rashka
Learn-as-you-go style makes metal seem possible to tackle.

Metal Jewelry in Bloom by Melissa Cable
If you love flowers, you must get this book.

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry by Melissa Hunt
Not a beginner's book!

Metalworking 101 for Beaders by Candie Cooper 
Want to add creative metalwork to your beaded designs?

Unconventional Chain Mail Jewelry by Laura Poplin 
Merge your chain mail mania with other materials, like textured metal.

Metal Magic by Kim St Jean
Picks up where Kim's first book left off.  Great projects and techniques.

Rustic Wrapping by Kerry Bogert
An amazing section on adding patinas to metal.

Heat, Color, Set and Fire by Mary Hettmansperger
Surface effects for fabrication artists who have mastered the basics. 

Mixed Metal Mania by Kim St Jean
A fabulous manual that will take you through beginner techniques right into intermediate.

Create Colorful Aluminum Jewelry by Helen Harle
Simple techniques and recycled materials...how can you beat that?


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