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Hardcover Professional Goldsmithing: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Jewelry Techniques Book

ISBN: 0965104907

ISBN13: 9780965104906

Professional Goldsmithing: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Jewelry Techniques

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Excellent Book: About to get better, New Edition on the way in'07 WAIT!!!

1st off a new edition is on the way with lots of new photos and 5 new chapers so don't get fleeced buying an over priced used copy. Meanwhile, This is the single best choice for the intermediate to advanced jewler and even a beginner can learn much. Great step by step that is written so one can jump in a process and glean a specific skill without making the entire piece. I've been making jewelry such as featured in this book for over 17 years and am a book hound. All the others are fighting it out for 2nd place as this rules the roost! Can't wait for the new edition. Hurry up Alan! Regards,

The best project book in jewelry that I know

This is the most elaborated project book in jewelry that I know. The projects are detailed step by step at lenght. But this isn't a book for the beginner. It's projects require a studio well equiped, and this isn't the case of the absolute beginner, and a coach experienced, that may guide him trohough the lessons.

Professional Goldsmithing.

What a brilliant piece of literature. Any person who has not used such a book as this is definitely missing out.The instructions and the models are very good, and useable, and will enable any who use this book to attain a very high degree of skill.

A beautiful and useful book

This book is essentially a programmed course of instruction in jewelry fabrication. It is tightly focused on goldsmithing and nothing else - not casting, not stone setting, not surface treatments, just fabrication. This focus allows a thorough introduction to the field. The book uses a series of projects to develop your skills in an incremental fashion. The projects progress from a simple forged and soldered bracelet to an extremely challenging cluster ring. The project instructions are an artfully crafted combination of explanation, instruction, and full-color photographs. I used this book while taking a one-semester course in metals and it allowed me to work a full year beyond my expected performance level. This is, without a doubt, the most beautiful and effective "how-to" book I have ever seen, and rates about twice as good as the nearest example I have ever read in jewelry fabrication. Bear in mind that the author expects you to have a fairly well equipped jewelry shop available, including a rolling mill (flat, round and square wire rolls) a good torch and a drawbench with a good range of drawplates. I would still recommend going to a school to learn jewelry fabrication rather than trying to go it alone with just this book. Having said that, this is a wonderful book just to look at, even if you never build anything.

Great instructional book on Goldsmithing.

Full of tips which would take years to learn in the shop. Well written, good photos, lots of projects. A definite must for anyone working in gold or silver at any level.
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