"...one of the most comprehensive beginner’s guides to jewelry silversmithing available." BOOKLIST 2/1/21
Silver Jewellery Making is a practical beginners' guide to making silver jewelry, with step-by-step projects guiding the reader through seven projects. The projects are designed to help the reader gain skills and techniques and eventually progress to making their own designs.
The seven tried-and-tested projects have been developed by Janet over forty years of teaching and have been honed to develop readers' skills in a practical, doable order. The emphasis is on teaching good practice and acquiring the basic techniques and skills to give the reader a solid basis for developing their jewelry-making capabilities.
Tools will be introduced for each individual project, and their uses and correct handling explained. Troubleshooting tips explain how to overcome common problems that may arise. At the conclusion of each project, there will be examples of how the skills gained can be used to make other items.
The book is for those who wish to start jewelry making either on their own or as a supplement to beginners' classes.
About the Author
Machi is a designer jeweller and jewellery tutor. Jewelry has been a full time pursuit since early 2007, with work being shown at galleries, fairs and exhibitions. Machi combines her studio practice with teaching, having taught jewelry making for over ten years at various locations in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, UK. Machi was Artist in Residence at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell, UK for 2010 and 2011. Machi's interests in modern art, particularly in sculpture and minimalism, influence her work. Machi lives in Reading, UK. www.machidewaard.co.uk
Janet Richardson trained in Sheffield and has been a jeweler and silversmith for over 40 years; it is what she has always done. She loves making and is constantly investigating new techniques and skills. Teaching has become as much a love as designing and she delights in the achievements of her students. Janet has exhibited in Britain and abroad through galleries, arts trails and craft fairs. Having started her business in London she now resides in Berkshire, UK.
UK jewelers Waard and Richardson team up to produce one of the most comprehensive beginner’s guides to jewelry silversmithing available. Every section, whether overviews of tools and materials or one of the seven projects, is well illustrated with color photographs, used in step-by-step sequence to explain the nuances of soldering a ring or crafting jump rings. The same careful in-depth education applies to each project, from a simple ring to a fused pendant and stud earrings set. Core and additional skills, materials, and tools needed are highlighted before the main how-to event. Readers will find troubleshooting advice within each project, such as what to do when the ends aren’t close enough to solder or they’re not aligned. An emphasis on safety is spotlighted throughout in sidebars as well as in the narrative. Novice enthusiasts might be deterred by the pages of equipment (without much mention of cost)—with only 18 designated as essential. Appendixes include a table of ring size conversions, piercing saw blade sizes, table of gauges and sizes, and Mohs scale of hardness. — Barbara Jacobs Booklist 2021