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Metal Jewelry Made Easy (Lark Jewelry & Beading) [Hardcover]

Jan Loney
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7 Feb 2010 Lark Jewelry & Beading
Metalsmithing can be a daunting task, especially to the beginner. This beautifully photographed, comprehensive guide provides crafters of all levels with a gentle, user-friendly approach to substantial metal jewellery-making skills. After reviewing the fundamentals of jewellery design, raw materials and safety in the studio, readers are introduced to tools for cutting, drilling, forming, soldering, polishing and more. Next, they will learn a variety of techniques including piercing, stamping, forging, annealing, oxidizing, casting and even setting stones, enabling them to create 25 stunning and professional-looking projects.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark; 1 edition (7 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600594735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600594731
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 21.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 896,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Books aimed at beginners have to strike a delicate balance of presenting enough information to be useful and instructive, but not so much that the reader is overwhelmed. Jan Loney strikes that balance through her approachable style, organized chapters, and attractive jewelry projects. She covers the basics when it comes to tools, supplies, techniques, and studio safety. Every project is broken down into manageable steps and includes plenty of generously sized how-to photos." -- Art Jewelry magazine

About the Author

Jan Loney is an artist/metalsmith who enjoys creating a variety of work from jewellery to sculpture. Her creations have been exhibited at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Society for Contemporary Craft, The Yaw Gallery and The Warhol Museum, among others. Professional memberships include The Society for North American Goldsmiths, The National Ornamental Metals Museum and the Craftsmans Guild.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jewellery Project Book 13 Feb 2011
By Luci J
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This book is well laid out and easy to follow. Ideal for beginners and more advanced students, as it covers the basic tools and techniques needed for making metal jewellery. Unlike some other jewellery making books it has devoted half of the book to a range of different projects of varying skill required. A must for the book list of an Adult Education Class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 10 May 2012
By Linner
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I am doing a silversmithing course and it gives basic info. on techniques for starters and really good info on making jewellery projects .Folk have borrowed and then bought it in the class because it is a simple to read and follow book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Place to Begin 19 Sep 2009
By Silversmith - Published on Amazon.com
For any one just starting out in jewelry/metals, there are many books to choose from. What I found nice about this particular book by Jan Loney, was the practical approach. A very strong foundation is laid out. From that strong foundation, any one can create the artwork they choose to. Almost half the book is devoted to projects for you to try. Not only does this give you a wide variety to choose from, but the act of completing just a few of these projects will teach you so much. It is one thing to describe sawing and froming metal, but where to begin? Often beginning students are at a loss of how to apply the skills they are learning, this book solves that. The images are clear and enhance the text. I found the book very easy to follow. I will keep my copy available for my students to refer to in class.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't call this "made easy" for "crafters" 14 Dec 2010
By D. Rowley - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is very attractive and I like many of the designs, but I wouldn't call the book "metal jewelry made easy" or a "crafter's guide" to metal fabrication. This is serious metalworking. The book's projects mostly require tools that aren't exactly in the budget for most "crafters" -- items like an anticlastic stake, casting centrifuge, and even a rolling mill! The book has a number of useful tips, but this is for setting up a serious metalcrafting shop, not for "crafters."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise, uncrowded... 16 Aug 2010
By Jody Best - Published on Amazon.com
Loney's book is an excellent resource for aspiring or practicing jewelers and metalsmiths. Metal Jewelry Made Easy is a clear, concise and uncrowded volume of instruction and inspiration.

Author and metalsmith Jan Loney has divided the book into sections about tools and supplies, techniques, and projects. Each section includes excellent photographs of every major concept or step. There is also an introduction to metalsmithing in general and good glossary of metalsmithing terms.

There are two things that make this book an outstanding choice for instruction. First, the writing is simple and precise. It is not overly-technical. All metalworking terms are defined and explained as they are introduced. The sentences are short and understandable. The topics are presented in a logical order. Important information, tips, and materials are clearly indicated. Second, the layout of the book makes it very readable. There is plenty of spacing between concepts and steps. The headings are in bold type and the print size is easily legible. Sidebars and captions are simple and relevant. The graphics and photography portray the project steps accurately.

Finally, the projects in the the book would appeal to many types of metalworkers of all abilities. The cuttlefish pewter casting, for example, is an excellent project for beginning school-aged metalsmiths, but interesting and unique enough to appeal to experienced jewelers. Jan Loney's work is sophisticated and uncluttered. It leans toward modern, yet the work is classy, not gimmicky. Projects such as the Leaf Prints Collection, Gingko Earrings and River Rings reflect her inspiration from nature--they are all beautiful pieces. The stamping shown in her ring collection and the textured copper pieces would appeal to metalsmiths who are not strictly jewelers.

Jan Loney's experience as a metalsmith and teacher is clearly evident in Metalsmithing Made Easy.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, Beautiful photos! 23 Mar 2010
By L. Darian - Published on Amazon.com
I picked up this book and was immediately captivated by it. Not only are there exiting projects that a beginner can do but clear, close up photographs for each project. This is a well written book and I'm so glad to own it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - From Basic to Intermediate Designs 25 Mar 2012
By Sunny Skies - Published on Amazon.com
This is not a wire jewelry making book, it is metal jewelry making...as the title indicates, so I expected there would be more equipment needed.

I think the author did a really great job in explaining the basics, go over safety, terminology and various techniques. The photographs are clear and gives an excellent step-by-step guide to the techniques.

The projects begin about half way through the book and shows a full page photo of the projects, a supply list and photographs of how to do the project. I am taking my first "official" jewelry classes next week so I am a beginner. I would feel comfortable doing a lot of these projects by following the book (after the classes). Some projects DO require a plethora of equipment, but I plan on starting with simpler projects and see how that goes. The projects are beautiful and many project also include a tip to to help make your project successful. I probably will not make some of the projects, just because of the equipment needed.

The only suggestion I would make for improvement is to rate each project based on difficulty level. Overall, I would definitely recommend this awesome book. I checked it out of the library first and have placed my order on Amazon because I liked it so well. I would rate it 4.5 stars.
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