Have you been thinking about ways that you can set your jewelry apart from the crowd? One way is to cast your own metal pieces or work with other hot metal applications. Carles Codina has written an introduction to the various techniques that may interest you if you've been thinking along these lines. Color, Texture & Casting for Jewelers is a practical demonstration style book that walks you through metal combinations, texture and patinas, modeling and many forms of casting.
I was especially interested in the section on patinas. We're all familiar with liver of sulfur when working with silver, but there are lots of other chemical and heat treatments that will yield additional colors. Casting is another topic that I find fascinating. When I was in college, I did some lost-wax casting, but I never felt it was really for me. Carles covers other forms of casting, including sand and cuttlebone. Who'd have thought?
The metal combination section was much more interesting than I expected. It covers keum boo, plating, mokume gane, and granulation. Although I love the look of all these techniques, they do not really interest me to try. Nevertheless, I do love learning about the techniques and understanding how they work so that I can better appreciate the work of other artists!
If you've been thinking that you'd like to move your career along and explore some more advanced techniques, this might be just the book you've been looking for. I wouldn't recommend it for a complete beginner: the practical application projects are more advanced than most beginners would feel comfortable with. But if you've already got some experience working hot, this might be just the book to help you find your next direction!
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