Thursday, June 18, 2009



I've made a decision that it's time I expanded my construction techniques. I'm bored with all the usual things I do and I want to explore riveting, soldering, hammering...basic metalsmithing.

Making my own bezels, joining bits of metal to other bits of metal, being able to work with all the neat little trinkets I've collected over the years.

I've come to you for help! What books do you recommend to someone starting out? I'm quick to learn, my Dad has a shed full of tools I can borrow (vices, hammers, soldering irons etc) but I don't really know where to start. I plan to head to the library tomorrow to see what they have in the way of books but I don't mind buying one or two good ones. But which ones?


Susan Shaw said...

Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet: Making Designer Metal Jewelry by Mary Hettmansperger is definitely a good one.

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Here is one that may be right up your alley Semiprecious Salvage by Stephanie Lee published by North Life Books.Google her, she also has a blog, but I can't remember its name. I think you will like her has a good salvagey look. Joan

Susan Shaw said...

and Semprecious Salvage by Stephaine Lee - I think you would enjoy this one quite a bit, because her style is similar.

ODD imagination said...

I think you will really like this book:
Making Connections: A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Mixed-Media Artists by Susan Lenart Kazmer

pen and paper said...

The second necklace is my favorite. So amazing.

Semiprecious Salvage is great. My boyfriend is taking blacksmithing lessons in August with a studio that also has metalsmithing and jewelrysmithing classes. I'll see if his teachers have recommendations beyond what's been mentioned here.

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Robyn said...

I have SemiPrecious Salvage and it's great. I love the Justified Sinner piece...and Elsieowl. Very yummy.

Dauvit said...

As you've posted one of my pieces (thanks for that), I had better give you some suggestions too!
The two indispensable books for me are:

Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects: Creative Projects, Simple Techniques (Lark Jewelry Book)
by Marthe Le Van


Complete Metalsmith
by Tim McCreight

The McCreight book is the one I recommend to all my first-year students and the LeVan book is full of great ideas for non-traditional materials.

Hope this helps.

Lucy Harvey said...

Thanks for the heads up :) this is exciting news!
I wholeheartedly (with bells on) second Dauvit on Tim McCreight's Complete Metalsmith, it's practically the bible for jewellery.
I also enjoyed Charles Codina's Complete Book of Jewellery Making, it's a nice photographic log of a fair few processes.

I'm still picking stuff up along the way too, feel free to drop me an email if you get stuck with anything!

Sarah said...

I have to say the complete metalsmith and the book by Suzan Lenart krazmer !

Linda Byrd said...

I'm another vote for Stephanie Lee's Semiprecious Salvage. I love it! Her blog is

belvedere beads said...

absolutely the susan lenart kazmer book 'making connection.' it's an excellent how to book - but ever so much more. mindboggling.

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thomason family farm said...

At 60 and the mother of ten, a full time nurse and a narniasmrsbeaver type I seriously encourage you to go to your local community college to learn Basic Metalworking. Reading that adds to a hands on learning experience is the best combo.