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The Complete Metalsmith
An Illustrated Handbook
by Tim McCreight
Spiral bound, 7.5" x 9", 192 pages, copyright 1991
The Complete Metalsmith is a classic how-to handbook providing an encyclopedic coverage of the tools and techniques used by jewelers and other craftspeople to smith a variety of metals including gold, platinum, silver, copper, brass, bronze, aluminum, nickel, iron, steel, pot metal, pewter, titanium, and niobium. Tim McCreight's straightforward text and clear drawings and illustrations bring even complex techniques within anyone's reach.
The numerous topics presented in The Complete Metalsmith are organized into 8 major chapters: (1) Materials, (2) Surfaces, (3) Shaping, (4) Joining, (5) Casting, (6) Stones, and (7) Mechanisms. Among the hundreds of topics and how-to tips within these chapters you will learn about precious and base metals and their alloys and properties, how to create decorative surfaces with hammering, engraving, niello, mokumé, granulation, reticulation, etching, inlay and more, shaping techniques including piercing, drawing, rolling, tube making, bending, forging, repoussé, raising, seaming, die forming, electroforming and more, and how to solder and fuse silver and gold.
You will be instructed on how to cast metals using wax models and investment, sand molds, cuttlefish molds and tufa molds, a variety of casting techniques including vacuum, centrifugal, steam, and sling casting, about the properties of gem stones and the methods and techniques of setting them including how to fabricate bezels, prong settings, crown settings, gypsy settings, pavé settings, channel settings and others, how to fabricate clasps, pin findings, hinges, threaded closures, jump rings, and various styles of chains including basic chains, woven chains, Etruscan chains and the Idiot's Delight.
You will learn how to use the tools of the trade including measuring tools such as gauges, dividers, micrometers and scales, files and abrasive papers, mallets and hammers, flex shaft tools, anvils, vises, bench pins, clamps and helping hands, jeweler's saws, pliers, engravers, mandrels, bench blocks, torches and numerous other tools, and how to harden and temper steel. Construct your own jeweler's bench choosing from two sets of plans, a basic bench constructed from plywood, dimensional lumber and masonite, or a hardwood bench of maple or a similar hardwood appealing to those with more advanced woodworking skills.
A reference section additionally provides safety precautions, alloy chart, circle divider, history of metalsmithing, photographing jewelry, conversion formulas, temperature conversions, size and weight comparisons, silver-copper phase diagram, stone and sawblade sizes, weight of sheet and wire for precious metals and alloys, geometry formulas, periodicals and organizations, suggested reading, suppliers and an index.
The Complete Metalsmith delivers a great deal of information and how-to at a modest price. This book is an outstanding primer and highly recommended reference for any hobbyist or jewelry maker interested in learning about the tools and techniques employed in the fine smithing and crafting of metal.
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A Bench Reference for Jewelers
by Tim McCreight
Hard cover, 6.25" x 9.25", 102 pages, copyright 2006
From accomplished author Tim McCreight comes another helpful tool for working craftsmen. Practical Joining combines his three decades of teaching with up to date research on the wide range of joining techniques available to artists working on metal on a small scale.
Traditional techniques like rivets and brazing (silver soldering) are described here, as are modern adhesives and laser welding. In every case, straightforward explanations and clear illustrations will help beginners and advanced workers in the practice of their craft.
Practical Joining is organized into three major sections. Cold Connections covers Tabs, Staples, Bezels, Threaded Connections, Rivets and Other Cold Connections. Hot Connections covers Soft Soldering, Brazing, Brazing Torches, Brazing Surfaces, Brazing Equipment, Soldering Investment, Miscellaneous Supplies, Clean up After Soldering, Welding, Welding Equipment, and Modern Welding. Adhesives covers Natural Glues, Casein Glue, Polymers, Polyvinyl Acetate, Hot Melt Glues, Epoxies, Cyanoacrylates (Super Glues) and Ultraviolet Curing Adhesives. Appendices include Equivalent Numbers (Gauges, Millimeters, Inches and Drill #), Temperature Conversions, Suppliers and an Index.
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Metal Embossing Workshop
by Magdalena S. Muldoon
Soft cover, 8.5" x 10", 128 pages, copyright 2006
Metal Embossing Workshop is a complete at-home metal embossing course including 30 fabulous projects. How can you add old-world charm to decorative accessories and enliven your paper crafts? With metal embossing, a traditional craft that has many wornderful applications.
You'll quickly be able to create vines, monograms, flowers, a Celtic knot, and many other detailed designs with luster, texture, and depth. Whether it's a Scroll Covered Box or an Ornamented Accordion Card, you'll enjoy the many effects you can create using this technique.
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A Collection of Techniques for Metalsmiths
Edited by Tim McCreight
Soft cover, 8.25" x 10.75", 151 pages, copyright 1992
This unique collection gathers the wisdom and experience of a dozen masters of fine metalsmithing, each writing about a technique of special expertise.
From ancient skills like granulation and depletion gilding to the contemporary processes of fold forming and anticlastic raising, Metals Technic is filled with useful information that will bring 12 different techniques to life.
Contributing authors include John Cogswell on Sterling Granulation, Phillip Fike on Niello, Michael Good on Anticlastic Raising, Susan Kingsley on Nonconforming Dies, David LaPlantz on Cold Connections, Charles Lewton-Brain on An Introduction to Fold Forming, Tim McCreight on Toolmaking for Jewelers, Komelia Hongja Okim on Kum Boo: 24K Overlay on Silver, Kris Patzlaff on Depletion Gilding oon Tumbaga Alloys, Claire Sanford on Patination, Mary Ann Scherr on The Instant Etch Process, and Heikki Seppa on Reticulation.
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