Read any good books lately?

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SEllen 2 wrote
on 17 Jul 2010 3:17 PM

Geeked

I currently have these 2 books on wire on my shelf: 

           Contemporary Copper Jewelry by Sharilyn Miller

        All Wired Up: Wire Techniques for the Beadworker and Jewelry Maker by Mark Lareau

I have enjoyed both books and each has a very distinct style. It amazes me how using the same techniques artists can come up with such diverse styles.

What books are on your shelf, any that you would recommend?

 

                    

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BogIron wrote
on 18 Jul 2010 4:43 PM

Having done primarily Silvie fabrication most of my life, but with the high cost of silver, I decided to do some copper work and bought Contemporary Copper Jewelry by Sharilyn Miller also. It's OK but I have found that working with wire is just not my most favorite thing in the world to do. I don't think that it would matter if it were silver or copper I just didn't care all that much for some of the projects. Yes they did turn out nice looking but I'd rather be sawing, filing, riveting, soldering, and doing all of those things in silver.

I also bought two other books. Semiprecious Salvage by Stepanie Lee and Mixed Media Collage Jewelry by Janette Schuster, both of these book deal with using found objects to make jewelry, another big departure for me, not sure if it is a direction that works well with my talents but could be a fun thing to do with my "bits" box as I certainly have a lot of things in it. As the song from Les Miserables. The master of House, says "with this and that" I just may be able to make a nice piece of jewelry.

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SEllen 2 wrote
on 18 Jul 2010 5:28 PM

BogIron

Thanks for your imput.

BogIron:
with the high cost of silver, I decided to do some copper work

That's the same reason I started using copper.

I have to admit that I don't use the patterns in any of the books I have.  I learn and adapt the technique and let my muse run with it. Sometimes, it works and sometimes it don't.Tongue Tied

I hope you find something you enjoy doing until the price of silver comes down enough that you can resume your fabrication.

Geeked

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Memoosim wrote
on 19 Jul 2010 7:13 AM

I have both of Sharilyn Millers books and really like them for learning techniques.  I also am doing a lot more work with copper lately then I used to.  But, I enjoy it,  it's a nice change from galvanized steel LOL.  I've worked with wire most of my life.  It's nice to shape it into something other then rings for a change.  I just got Wirework by Dale Cougar Armstrong and am having fun altering the patterns and messing with them in copper and brass wire.  Would love to do silversmithing but...  ah well.

Cherie 

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SEllen 2 wrote
on 19 Jul 2010 4:24 PM

Memoosim:
Would love to do silversmithing but...  ah well.

You and me both.

Memoosim:
I just got Wirework by Dale Cougar Armstrong and am having fun altering the patterns

I don't have this one yet but have been hearing alot about it. I'll have to put it on my wish list.

Thanks for sharing

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BogIron wrote
on 20 Jul 2010 8:49 PM

I don't think silver is going to make any real long term stable decrease in price, short term, but in the long run it will continue to rise. I have been using some bronze and pewter together with rivets but for me nothing beats silver.

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SEllen 2 wrote
on 21 Jul 2010 10:13 AM

BogIron:
I don't think silver is going to make any real long term stable decrease in price, short term, but in the long run it will continue to rise.

 

I can dream....Wink

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BogIron wrote
on 22 Nov 2010 1:29 PM

I stopped at a used book store I had never noticed before, turned out to be rare and unusual books, but I did get two that were interesting. One is in French and is full of pictures of Celtic gold jewelry from all over Europe, wonderfully wrought stuff in there. And the other book is, well it's a magazine, on primitive art from Africa, masks, idols, doors, shields. Just all kinds of wonderful pictures. I think that something should inspire me in one of these two books. Maybe some brass, copper and wood jewelry in the offing.

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Gemsetter wrote
on 28 Jun 2012 5:04 PM

SEllen 2:

Geeked

I currently have these 2 books on wire on my shelf: 

           Contemporary Copper Jewelry by Sharilyn Miller

        All Wired Up: Wire Techniques for the Beadworker and Jewelry Maker by Mark Lareau

I have enjoyed both books and each has a very distinct style. It amazes me how using the same techniques artists can come up with such diverse styles.

What books are on your shelf, any that you would recommend?

 

 

 

One of my favorites is:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Encyclopedia-Jewelry-Making-Techniques-Comprehensive/dp/076244049X/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340920666&sr=1-10&keywords=jewelry+making

And these are also good ones:

http://www.amazon.com/Making-Metal-Jewelry-Techniques-Inspiration/dp/1579908128/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340920666&sr=1-8&keywords=jewelry+making

http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Jewelry-Making-Course/dp/0764136607/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340920666&sr=1-2&keywords=jewelry+making

I love doing custom jewelry, cutting, setting and more!

http://www.gemsetter.com/

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pj wrote
on 15 Feb 2013 11:03 PM

I am selling my aunts Jewelry Collection of books.  i have about 50 up with about 12 to go.  Mainly its historical jewelry through the ages, but also some hallmark books, gems, Cartier, Tiffany, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and some out of print books.

you can find them here

http://www.etsy.com/shop/925studio

thx!- pamela

 

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lavaflow wrote
on 11 Oct 2013 4:50 PM

I just got a copy of "Gemstone Settings" by Anastasia Young. Nicely done book - easy to read with a lot of good pics to illustrate the techniques. After getting through the 65 pages of mundane intro/filler material, she does a good job of walking you through the fabrication of a large variety of settings. I found quite a few new ideas to try coupled with some good hints on use of key tools. The book is definitely worth the price if you're looking to improve your game.

Young's book is a good companion to my still favorite one on settings, "Creative Stonesetting" by John Cogswell.

 - Brad

   Author, "Bench Tips for Jewelry Making"

   www.BradSmithJewelry.com

 

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on 29 Jan 2014 2:07 AM

You can fine a huge books online related to wire jewelry.

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