Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry

Step into the realm of sophisticated metal jewelry- pendants, earrings, bracelets, and more. The techniques are simple, the tools affordable, and the space requirements are small.

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A growing number of the 500,000 beaders in the U.S. are deciding to go beyond simple stringing and bead crafting into the realm of more sophisticated metal jewelry. The techniques are simple, the tools affordable, and the space requirements small- a kitchen table will do.

Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry is the ideal introduction. Master teacher Mark Lareau offers practical advice on equipping a home workshop, and demystifies such basics as cutting, soldering, buffing, stamping, and wirework. Along the way, he gives step-by-step instructions for metalwork projects designed to help the reader build skills while creating beautiful designs. Pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings, and chains in styles from contemporary and funky to classic and elegant are presented, and the reader is encouraged to expand her own creativity and personal style.

The primary competition for this book is expensive, arty, and short on practical instruction for the beginner. Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry is packed with clear, explicit step-by-step photographs that make learning easy and success likely.

Reviews: "Simple, but gratifying projects... all great projects for beginners."-Bella Online Guide to Jewelry Making

"Tips are sprinkled throughout, one of our favorites being to search local thrift shops for buttons and beads."-Dallas Morning News

Table of Contents
Tools and Materials
  • Bench Pin
  • Ring Clamp
  • Saw and Saw Blades
  • Metal Shears or Tin Snips
  • Hammers
  • Pliers
  • Drill and Bits
  • Files
  • Polishing and Finishing Materials
  • Rubber and Polishing Blocks
  • Torch and Soldering Materials
  • Dapping Block
  • Pattern Punches
  • Mandrels-Rings and Bracelet
  • Liver of Sulfur
  • Metal
A Little Science Before We Get Started in Earnest
  • How Soldering Works
  • Fusing
Learning by Doing: Some Basic Metalsmithing Techniques
  • Simple Pendant
  • Simple Earrings with French Wires or Posts
  • Simple Fused Pendant
  • Bracelet with Letter Punch Design
  • Decorative Bead Caps
  • Textured Pendant with a Window Cut-Out and Dangle
  • Pendant with Rivets
  • Soldering Stone Settings to Your Pieces
  • Rings and Chains
  • Fused Chain
About the Author

Mark Lareau started his wireworking and metalsmithing odyssey in 1998 when he began making simple wire jewelry and basic mobiles. In 1992, Mark and his wife, Viki, opened The Bead Factory, a full-service retail bead store in Tacoma, Washington, and he has been teaching classes there since. Viki and Mark are also the founders of the Puget Sound Bead Festival, the most successful consumer bead event on the West Coast. Mark is the author of All Wired Up (Interweave Press, 2000), with 75,000 copies sold.

SKU: 06BD7

Author/Speaker/Editor: Mark Lareau

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596680258

Number Of Pages: 144