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Very Handy Short Introduction,
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I found this a handy introduction to different aspects of jewellery making. Aimed at home-based hobbyist or small craft-based business so mainly deals with table-top processes and silver-smithing (logical, given that silver is relatively cheap and easy to use and thus accessible to small-scale activities). It is less a how-to book than an illustrated glossary i.e. it shows illustrations of a tool or process and names it. This guide to the vocab of jewellery making is very handy if you need to talk the talk when ordering supplies or selling work. My gripe about this aspect of the book is that the photos are very small - they do their job but being small I felt like I was peeping at things through a keyhole like a curious apprentice spying on the master to steal his secrets. Ahem. Not a book that teaches the skills it describes but then I am not sure any book or series of still photographs could do that but it does point you in the right direction. I'd supplement this book by watching many YouTube videos (now you know what technical terms to search for you can find the right videos for your needs) and maybe sign up for a course at a local college to get hands-on tutoring. Personally, I just make mala, rosaries, and similar prayer aids not fancy jewellery but I found plenty of hints about ways to improve my working process and I felt inspired to try my hand at acid-etching on copper sheets (to create art prints not jewellery) and thought the book worth every penny.