Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry

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A growing number of the 500,000 beaders in the U.S. are deciding to go beyond simple stringing and bead crafting into the realm of more sophisticated metal jewelry. The techniques are simple, the tools affordable, and the space requirements small- a kitchen table will do.

Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry is the ideal introduction. Master teacher Mark Lareau offers practical advice on equipping a home workshop, and demystifies such basics as cutting, soldering, buffing, stamping, and wirework. Along the way, he gives step-by-step instructions for metalwork projects designed to help the reader build skills while creating beautiful designs. Pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings, and chains in styles from contemporary and funky to classic and elegant are presented, and the reader is encouraged to expand her own creativity and personal style.

The primary competition for this book is expensive, arty, and short on practical instruction for the beginner. Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry is packed with clear, explicit step-by-step photographs that make learning easy and success likely.

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June 2007 This is an excellent book and made me want to drop everything and follow it through, page by page. If only. . . The author's conversational style makes you think you are standing next to him in his workshop, following his instructions. I was a little puzzled as to why he favoured sawing over deft use of metal shears or tin snips - my preferred cutting method. It became clear that this is because Mark is using heavier metal than I favour, necessary in jewellery-making but less so when decorating embroideries. The book also goes into considerable detail on soldering, the jeweller's rather than the soldering iron kind for which you need a small butane torch and thin solder sheets. The book includes many hints and tips. Once you know about them, they're obvious but isn't that the definition of a good idea? For example, if you're making rings, cut twice, reversing the cutters, to make a tight butt joint. Also, when making a pendant, don't hang it from a centrally drilled hole, make a bail instead. The book begins with a detailed description of all the tools and materials necessary for the basic metalsmithing techniques described. It is well photographed throughout and shows work at every stage. One complaint: too few suppliers are named and those included are all west coast USA. * Workshop On The Web *

About the Author:

Mark Lareau started his wireworking and metalsmithing odyssey in 1998 when he began making simple wire jewelry and basic mobiles. In 1992, Mark and his wife, Viki, opened The Bead Factory, a full-service retail bead store in Tacoma, Washington, and he has been teaching classes there since. Viki and Mark are also the founders of the Puget Sound Bead Festival, the most successful consumer bead event on the West Coast. Mark is the author of All Wired Up (Interweave Press, 2000), with 75,000 copies sold.

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