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Metal jewelry workshop : essential tools, easy-to-learn techniques, and 12 projects for the beginning jewelry artist / Helen I. Driggs.
Publication Information:
Mount Joy, PA : Fox Chapel Publishing, 2018.

Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Getting started -- Working with metal -- Projects -- Advanced projects and concepts.
"Gives information about different tools, supplies, and techniques needed for making jewelry out of metal, as well as numerous step-by-step projects"-- Provided by publisher.


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745.5942 DRI Book Adult General Collection

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This beginner's guide to metal jewelry making shows how to create exciting wearable art using just 12 simple, inexpensive hand tools--no jewelry torch required! Metal Jewelry Workshop includes 8 exercises and 12 projects featuring step-by-step photos that show exactly what to do and how the result should look. By working through this book you will master the use of jeweler's tools and create beautiful pieces of jewelry along the way. This tried and true learning method will help you build a foundation of proper technique and let you excel without frustration. Wearing jewelry you made yourself means you can express your creativity, talent, and personal taste all at once.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Getting Started
Section 1 Jewelry Metals and Materialsp. 10
Metal Typesp. 12
Metal Formsp. 12
Other Jewelry Materialsp. 14
Section 2 Tools of the Tradep. 16
General Hand Tool and Technique Categoriesp. 18
Workshop Safetyp. 18
The Jeweler's Dozenp. 19
Part 2 Working with Metal
Section 1 Preparing Metalp. 26
Cleaning and Degreasing Metalp. 28
Measuring and Pattern Layoutp. 29
Jeweler's Dozen Tool 1: B+S Gaugep. 30
Jeweler's Dozen Tool 2: Millimeter Rulerp. 31
Exercise 1 Adhering a Pattern to Sheet Metalp. 32
Section 2 Manipulating Metalp. 34
Jeweler's Dozen Tool 3: Ring Clampp. 36
Jeweler's Dozen Tool 4: Basic Utility Pliersp. 37
Exercise 2 Bending and Shaping Wire with Pliersp. 39
Jeweler's Dozen Tool 5: Utility Hammerp. 43
Jeweler's Dozen Tool 6: Steel Block or Anvilp. 44
Exercise 3 Texturing Sheet Metal with a Hammerp. 45
Jeweler's Dozen Tool 7: Center Punchp. 46
Exercise 4 Predictable Punchingp. 47
Section 3 Severing and Separating Metalp. 48
Jeweler's Dozen Tool 8: Jeweler's Sawp. 50
Jeweler's Dozen Tool 9: Bench Pinp. 52
Exercise 5 Sawing a Practice Patternp. 53
Jeweler's Dozen Tool 10: Metal Shears and Wire Cuttersp. 54
Jeweler's Dozen Tool 11: Hole Punch, Hand Drill, or Rotary Toolp. 56
Exercise 6 Punching and Drilling Holesp. 57
Exercise 7 Sawing Openings in Sheet Metalp. 58
Section 4 Filing and Abrading Metalp. 60
Jeweler's Dozen Tool 12: Basic Hand Filesp. 62
Exercise 8 Filing Wire, Sheet Metal, and Square Rodp. 64
Bonus Tool Sanding with Abrasive Papersp. 67
Part 3 Projects
Section 1 Fabrication with Wirep. 70
Mastering Wire-Wrapped Bead Linksp. 72
Making Jump Rings with a Mandrelp. 74
Project 1 Easy Wire and Bead Chainp. 76
Project 2 Hammered Jump Ring and Bead Earringsp. 80
Project 3 Wild Wire Links Braceletp. 84
Section 2 Fabrication with Sheet Metalp. 90
Project 4 Variable Earringsp. 92
Project 5 Wonky Copper and Aluminum Necklacep. 98
Project 6 Saw a Little, Saw a Lot Pendantp. 102
Part 4 Advanced Projects & Concepts
Section 1 Connections and Attachmentsp. 108
Custom Chain Designsp. 110
Making Handmade Clasps and Findingsp. 114
Project 7 Copper Boxcars Necklacep. 116
Project 8 Oculus Stone Bead Pendantp. 120
Project 9 Riveted Bead Ringsp. 124
Section 2 Tools to Take Your Techniques Furtherp. 128
Project 10 Domed and Layered Flowers Pendantp. 130
Dapping Block and Punch Making Curved Formsp. 132
Project 11 Summer Treasure Riveted Pendantp. 134
Rivet Hammer: A Double-Duty Toolp. 136
Project 12 Tabbed Cabochon Pendantp. 140
Scribe Precise Scores and Foldsp. 142
No-Torch Connections and Captures Galleryp. 144
Glossaryp. 152
Patternsp. 154
Resourcesp. 157
About the Authorp. 158
Indexp. 159