Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry eBook

Step into the realm of sophisticated metal jewelry— pendants, earrings, bracelets, and more with this convenient beginner's eBook. 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.

The Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry eBook is easy-to-download and the ideal beginner's companion. 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.

Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry is the perfect eBook, packed with clear, explicit step-by-step photographs that make learning easy and success likely.

Table of Contents

Tools and Materials

  • Bench Pin
  • Ring Clamp
  • Saw and Saw Blades
  • Metal Sheets or Tin Snips
  • Hammers
  • Pliers
  • Drill Bits
  • Files
  • Polishing and Finishing Materials
  • Rubber Polishing Block
  • Torch and Soldering Materials
  • Dapping Block
  • Pattern Punches
  • Madrels-Ring and Bracelet
  • Liver of Sulfer
  • Metal

A Little Science Before We Get Started in Earnest

  • How Soldering Works
  • Fusing

Learning by Doing: 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 Cutout and Dangle
  • Pendant with Rivets
  • Two Simple Rings
  • Soldering Stone Settings to Your Pieces
  • Rings and Chains
  • Fused Chain
  • And Finally...

Suppliers and Resources

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.

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

SKU: EP4951

Author/Speaker/Editor: Mark Lareau

Format: eBook

ISBN 13: 9781620330111

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