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The New Encyclopedia of Jewellery Making Techniques [Paperback]

Jinks McGrath
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Book Description

4 Oct 2010
Since its first publication in 1995, the Encyclopedia of Jewellery Making Techniques has been devoured by students borrowing a well-thumbed copy from their college library, established jewellers wishing to find out more about new techniques, as well as all those who just enjoy making jewellery as a hobby, who have kept it beside their workbench at home as a third hand to help them through a tricky process. Since then many books have been written about jewellery making. However, this volume still enjoys a huge following. To update it, a finished example now illustrates every technique to give a context to the method described. There are also new articles on harvesting scrap metal, designing jewellery, comparing metals' properties, and a wonderful demonstration of precious metal clay - a material that didn't even exist when this book was first published. Doyenne of metal clay, Sue Heaser, gives a masterclass in this technique. Jewellery making is a rewarding and fascinating craft. Although you may find that you enjoy some aspects of it more than others, the techniques described here will give you a thorough understanding of all the basic information you need to create unique and professional looking pieces.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd; Revised edition edition (4 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844486214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844486212
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jinks McGrath is a jeweller and teacher whose designs have been exhibited and collected for many years. She is the author of several books on jewellery making. She lives and works in East Sussex.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginners Perspective 11 Oct 2010
I saw the earlier version of this book when I was on a silversmithing course and I thought then that it had a good spread of information for the beginner. Although this is an updated book there is not enough new material to warrant buying the latest book if you have the earlier version.

Tools are covered in good detail and there is loads of techniques shown in step by step photo format but I thought that if I had not had a little experience I might have struggled to put into practice some of these as the techniques do not quite go into enough detail and the self taught beginner may also struggle.

There is enough for the more experienced in the book going into quite advanced techinques but again, more to wet the appetite as I would want to research in more detail how to do the techniques explained but overall the book is well written with excellent quality pictures everywhere and explanations are aplenty when jargon is used.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars broad coverage of techniques 21 Oct 2010
This is a revised and updated edition and the only edition I have seen. It includes all the information you need on all aspects of jewellery making. The format is concise, practical and thorough. Suitable for beginners to the experienced, although you might need more detailed information on advanced techniques. It would benefit enormously from a resources guide and more examples of work. It is similar in many respects to another of Jinks Mcgrath's books published by another company. Excellent if you don't have any other book by this author. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice present and introduction 18 July 2011
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I bought this with the intention of beginning a course in jewellery making. It is very detailed and interesting to read but I have to say that it deterred me from going down that route because the art is very complex. If your serious about the subject though - this book is to be recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Liz B
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This is a great book for both those who are new to jewellery making with it's step by step instructions and photos and for the more experienced as a handy reference/reminder book. The book covers many of the different techniques used in making jewellery and tells you which are tools needed for each task. There is so much covered in this book, I will end up writing another book to tell you about it so suffice it to say, if you are interested in finding out or knowing more about making jewellery, you will find this book extremely useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I would recommend this book to anyone starting a jewellery course, or even thinking about it. Well worth buying it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and easy to follow 9 Jun 2013
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excellent detail and lovely clear pictures to follow. the book is full of simple and exciting little projects to undertake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 24 Mar 2013
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Just started silversmithing and wanted a book I could refer to when trying different techniques. Covers a lot. Also teacher suggested book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful techniques 17 Jan 2013
By longbow
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I found this series of techniques and ways of working metals to be easier than I expected in making most of the jewellery I have made. The reason for that lies with the clarity of explanations, which does not always show up in other manuals.

Excellent book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book if just starting out jewellery making
I brought it by mistake as meant to get the bead making encyclopaedia, however it has some very good ideas for those starting out making jewellery
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Sharon L. Hambly
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of different techniques
What a lot of information, shame I never took this up but really enjoyed looking through the pictures and different techniques.
Published 5 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars fab for beginners
this is the updated version of one recopmmended by college, its chapters deal with each section with clear pictures of techniques and tools
Published 6 months ago by J. Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Manual for Students of Jewellery and Metalsmithing.
This is a very comprehensive compendium of techniques and procedures for working in metal : cutting, heating, annealing, pickling and quenching, bending hammering, doming and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. H. V. Minor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A very useful and helpful book for when I need to look up something or get an idea to create something new.
Published 8 months ago by Helen Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief but sense bearign
The book contains all the nessecary operations you may use to start jewellery making. Step by step instructions are brief but informative.
Published 13 months ago by Tatiana
4.0 out of 5 stars good
clear instructions
good illustrations
could have done with more examples and design ideas . . . . . . .
Published 18 months ago by TERRY BELL-SAUNDERS
3.0 out of 5 stars Jewellery Making Techniques
Not quite what I expected but if you are proficient at jewellery making then it certainly is a beautiful book to have
Published 19 months ago by Pooski
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