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Book review: Handcrafted Metal Findings

by Denise Peck & Jane Dickerson 
Interweave/F+W; $24.99

Commercial findings are great, and can save you time when you're constructing a piece of jewelry, but there are plenty of times when nothing but your own handmade design will do!  Do you really want to see the piece you spent 40 to 50 hours on sporting the same popular clasp as everyone else's piece?

Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson have teamed up to edit and present Handcrafted Metal Findings, published by Interweave.  They use both sheet metal and wire to craft 30 different findings.  And almost as a bonus, there is a step-by-step project included to showcase each finding being used.  In the back are basic techniques, materials, and tools sections, just in case you're not familiar with all that the projects entail.

Joy of joys!  There is a "Resources" box for each project, telling you exactly where you can get the materials used.  If you want to substitute, that's great, but many beginners will really appreciate the extra help.  See those cute little rosette hooks and eyes above?  Instructions for those are by Cindy Wimmer... you will find more of her designs and several by other metal workers you are sure to know!