Making jewelry is a skill learned over time. When we started making jewelry it was a hobby that we enjoyed. We learned from people we met, from business we visited, from youtube, and from books. The more you practice a skill the better you get. After years of practice we see the errors in our early attempts and now we know how to fix many of the mistakes we made. If you are learning to make jewelry take a look at these texts. They are invaluable to us.
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The Complete Metalsmith, An Illustrated Guide by McCreight. If you can only have one book – get this one. It covers more than jewelry tasks but each section can help you learn more about metal and how it craft it into whatever your heart desires.
Backyard Foundry for Home Machinists by B. Terry Aspin. In order to create the jewelry we make we have to use – and maintain – numerous tools. Maintaining the tools is a task unto itself! This book helped us learn to maintain, repair, and build additional tools that make jewelry production easier.
Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths by Stephen M. Goldsmith. Perfect instruction for finishing almost every kind of jewelry piece. As beginners we polished to hard and fast, often damaging items we made. There was a lot of trial and error at first but Goldsmith’s book helped us learn techniques to polish even the most delicate works of art.
In addition to these, there are many other texts you can learn from and that we have learned from. Yet, these three texts are the ones we return to time and time again.
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