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Basic Jewelry Making Techniques, By Jinks McGrathMany people regard making jewelry as being too complex and time consuming. Basic Jewelry Making Techniques shows how, once the basic techniques are mastered, even the most apparently complicated pieces can be easily made at home.
Author Jinks McGrath covers every aspect you need to know to get started: the essential tools to buy, larger equipment that can be bought as you skills develop, and some suggestions for workshop designs, including what to do if you have a minimal amount of space available.
In addition to presenting a comprehensive primer on smithing and metal work, the author encourages you to be inventive by using such diverse materials as wood, acrylics, papier m�cha�, and glass. Among the basic jewelry making skills explained and illustrated are soldering, using wire, texturing, setting stones, enameling, casting, engraving, forging, working with gold and more. All the techniques needed to produce highly original pieces are explained with the aid of precise notes and inst
Beading with Gemstones, by Valerie Mae CarthyBeading With Gemstones shows you how to create contemporary wire and chain jewelry featuring stunning gemstones and beads. Learn how to make gorgeous rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that showcase a wealth of gemstones. Make an elegant charm bracelet with white, pink, and gray pearls; a pair of turquoise earrings that feature intriguing wire loop detail; a spectacular necklace that has a dangling blue topaz pendant; and so much more. Once you master the basic techniques, you'll be able to design your own pieces with stones you like best.
These 30 lovely projects progress from beginner to intermediate skill levels. The styles range from funky to sophisticated, and also incorporate seed and glass beads. Learn about some of the most popular gemstones and the healing properties they are said to possess, as well as the tools and techniques you'll use.