A jewelry making book can be a great investment when you select the best books for the kinds of jewelry making skills you want to enhance. The following is a list of my favorite jewelry making books.
The list has been organized by genre (e.g. beading, metalsmith, metal clay, enameling, and jewelry making inspirations, etc.). My hope is to help you save some money while developing a library you can be proud of.
This is the first in the series of articles covering jewelry making book with metalsmith techniques.
The Encyclopedia of Jewelry-Making Techniques: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Techniques (Hardcover) (1995) Jinks Mcgrath.
This books covers step-by step instruction on techniques for acrylics, etching, inlaying, enameling, casting, stamping, blanking, patinating, oxidizing and chain making. It comes complete with instructions for designing and presenting jewelry concepts as working drawings.
This is one of the books I use as reference all the time. It is easy to follow and the illustrations support the clearly written explanations on jewelry making techniques covered in the book.
Making Metal Jewelry: Projects, Techniques, Inspiration (Paperback – Sep 2006) Joanna Golberg.
This is an easy to follow book, especially for people who are afraid of soldering. The techniques presented in this jewelry making book do not require any type of soldering.
It introduces the reader to the techniques of riveting and “cold connections even though this is book that I recommend for the beginner jeweler, the results of the projects covered in the book look completely professional.
Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight. New Edition
This is definitely a must have book! I keep this one next to my bench. This new edition offers a plethora of new materials and techniques. They are presented in a way that will enable metalsmiths to master the challenges of modern technology.
In this new edition, McCreight has expanded many topics such as stone setting, hinges and catches, anodizing aluminum, coloring metals (patinas) and gemstones (including color pictures). What I really appreciate is how he details safety considerations and the dangers of numerous materials and chemicals that we encounter in the art of jewelry making.
Jewelry Techniques – The essential Guide to Choosing and Using Materials, Stones and Settings by Anastasia Young (2008)
I recently bought this book and have been using it ever since. It is organized for easy access of information.
I particularly use it as a fast reference of concepts and techniques that I had forgotten how to do. It is also a wonderful guide for beginners.