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New books on metalwork

A roundup of new books on jewelry making and metalsmithing that have crossed our desks this September.
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Kate Ferrant Richbourg, Interweave, ISBN 978-1-63250-347-3, 144pp, $24.99US

METALSMITHING MADE EASY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COLD CONNECTIONS, SIMPLE SOLDERING, STONE SETTING, AND MORE! is a new guide for home metalsmiths working in a small space or studio. The first half of the book is a guide to the tools and materials used most commonly by jewelry makers working in metal, including a clear and well-organized "Field Guide to the Rotary Tool." Author Kate Ferrant Richbourg, a jeweler and instructor from San Francisco, CA, brings something different to the table with her chapter on "Samplers." These mini-projects are carefully designed to help hone skills that a first-timer will need to master before attempting more complex projects. The rest of the book is given up to 15 projects, each with step-by-step instructions and clear full-color photos. Published by Interweave. 

torch enameling
Steven James, Kalmbach Books, ISBN 978-1-62700-324-7, 112pp, $21.99US

DISCOVER TORCH ENAMELING: GET STARTED WITH 25 SURE-FIRE PROJECTS shows that not all enameling requires a kiln and expensive materials. Author Steven James has an engaging style that teaches readers to make colorful bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and pendants using simple enameling techniques for sophisticated results. His well-planned process enables jewelry makers to get started and succeed quickly, creating quality jewelry at their own kitchen tables with handheld torches. After introductory pages outlining all the tools, materials and basic techniques, there are 25 unique projects in the book that feature clear full-color photos and step-by-step instructions. Several projects use hardware store metal and some basic metalsmithing techniques (sawing, cutting, punching, dapping, and riveting) are covered as well. Published by Kalmbach Books.

simple metalwork
Judy Freyer Thompson, Kalmbach Books, ISBN 978-1-62700-250-9, 112pp, $22.99US
SIMPLE METALWORK JEWELRY focuses on jewelry projects created using cold connections - no torch or soldering necessary. The book covers all of the most basic metalsmithing techniques, including cutting, piercing, riveting, sawing, finishing, and dapping. Author Judy Freyer Thompson uses a variety of metal finishes including copper, brass, and silver as she guides readers through new jewelry-making skills on a project-by-project basis. The book is organized into color-coded sections on earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and "rings & more," and the author provides suggested variations for all 25 projects. Each project has very clear full-color photos and step-by-step instructions, and metalsmithing techniques are given their own quick-reference chapter at the end. Published by Kalmbach Books
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