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Books for a metalsmith bookshelf

By August 31, 2018July 7th, 2019No Comments

We now live in a time where knowledge is available at the press of a few buttons on a keyboard or screen. Still, there is something quite special about turning the pages of a real paper book. The papery smell, the beauty of raised words in black print, and the responsibility of holding a small tome full of knowledge in your hands.

What is on your bookshelf? These books probably should live on the shelves of all Metalsmiths;

The Complete Metalsmith – Tim McCreight

The bible, the one textbook which even seasoned professionals still refer to. Best techniques of working with gold, platinum, copper, brass, steel, plaster, and more.

“Surprisingly comprehensive.”—The New York Times.
“A gem of a handbook.”—Whole Earth Catalog.
“No metalsmith or jewelry maker is ‘complete’ without this easy-to-use resource.” —Lapidary Journal.

Stoned; Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World – Aja Raden

What makes a stone a jewel? What makes a jewel priceless? And why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story.

Jewelry: Concepts And Technology – Oppi Untracht

The definitive reference for jewelry makers of all levels of ability–a complete, profusely illustrated guide to design, materials, and techniques, as well as a fascinating exploration of jewelry-making throughout history.

The Complete Jewelry Making Course – Jinks MGrath

A Beginner’s Course for Aspiring Jewelry Makers. This comprehensive and heavily illustrated manual teaches the craft of jewelry making to students looking to create professional quality items.

The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques – Anastasia Young

This comprehensive and ambitious workshop reference for jewelers brings together a vast range of skills, techniques, and technical data into one volume.

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