- Not for rank beginners. Review by Jenne
I have been working with wire for years and dabbled with metalworking just recently. I have quite a few tools, so after reading the reviews thought I'd give this book a try.
It is excellent for an experienced jeweler that has plenty of tools. The author states that you can get by with whatever you have in your possession, but I found with most projects that was not the case. You really do need a flex shaft, as a drill really isn't practical. I guesstimate about 70% utilize this pricey tool. And while one is definitely next on my to-buy list, a rank beginner that happens to own one may struggle. I also recommend a wide variety of hammers (rawhide, brass, chasing, planishing, ball-peen, texturing, nylon head, and riveting) as well as a good quality jeweler's saw, bench pin, and ring clamp. As with most jewelry making, a large assortment of pliers are a must.
The projects do seem very interesting and offer a variety of techniques. I am happy I purchased this book on sale for a low price, as I do see myself coming back to it within a year or so when I've filled out my tool collection and beefed up my skills (namely sawing, I struggle with this).
I think experienced metal workers would be pleased with this book, but that is merely conjecture.
(Posted on 1/9/14)
- Thank you 2 Review by Lynsey
Thank you Kirsten. I was about to buy this book, which no doubt would be excellent for those with access to the expensive tools you mention. I do have some tools and a basic level of skill, but I am in the UK and although I would love to own a rolling mill and flexishaft (to name but two), they are way beyond my pocket. Sometimes the preview shows enough to tell you that the equipment list makes the book a waste of money, but not often. I have bought downloads before then been very disappointed because I needed equipment which was unaffordable.
(Posted on 11/26/13)
- Thank you Review by Valerie
Thank you Kirsten M, I nearly purchased this book, your review helped me decide not to as I am a complete beginner, and although very skilled in many areas, I have no metal tools.
(Posted on 7/12/13)
- Disappointing Review by Kirsten M
Yes,this may be good for people who don't want to do torch work,but only if they have a complete metal shop with flex shaft and rolling mills and tons of other equipment available to them. If you could see more in these darn peeks inside I would have known that I could not use this book and that it did not apply to my equipment or skill level.disappointing waste of money for me,though I am certain it is a very good book and very worthwhile for people who own or have access to a metal shop
(Posted on 6/18/13)