It seems to me seeing it done is the best way to learn. I know
that’s often easier said than done! Can you take a class at a
community college or know anybody who might give you a
demonstration? A local gem and mineral club might be able to
put you in touch with someone. A live =demo is worth more than
1000 words, in this case!
As always, Tim McCreight’s Complete Metalsmith is a good
resource, and should be readily available.
I’ve recently picked up a couple books you might like, but
haven’t heard anyone else mention. They’re both by an author,
Jinks McGrath, from somewhere in the U.K. They’re both well
illustrated with excellent diagrams and color photos. I don’t
know if they are available in paperback; both of mine are
The first is Basic Jewelry Making Techniques,
ISBN#1-55521-904-7. The book is broken down into four sections:
Planning Your Workshop, Designing Your Own Projects, Basic
Techniques and Advanced Techniques. Lots of good stuff… and
it’s interesting to see how some common =techniques differ
slightly from the U.S. to the U.K.
The second book is The Encyclopedia of Jewelry-Making
Techniques, ISBN#1-56138-526-3. Maybe a low-end version of
Oppi Untracht’s bible? Covers many different areas, including
stones setting, but I feel it could use a bit more detail in
some areas. I guess the author has to draw the line somewhere.
Again, great photos, and a nice gallery section in the back of
I also seem to recall the esteemed Charles Lewton-Brain has some
content on the Ganoksin Web site (Tips from the Jeweler’s Bench)
that talks about stone setting.
Hope this helps… bounce back any specific questions or
problems you have!
Charlotte, NC (USA)