Today I read the comments by James Miller on cracked solder joints,
as usual his tips are logged in my memory.
James asks if anyone has comments on his book “The Work of a Master
Goldsmith; A Unique Collection”.
Well I have just purchased two more copies from Amazon, they are
going to be Christmas presents for my dad and my uncle. I must admit
that I use the book as an inspiration to my ideas when I am designing
as the contents of the book are a collection of “Unique” goldsmithing
creations. They are mostly one off creations and are probably never
going to be displayed together, other than in this book.
I do not expect to ever be able to create items such as are in the
book, but looking through the book I can see what wonders can be
made from metals. At the moment I am trying to design and make some
brooches of animals in semi relief, I had a commision to make a
silver back gorrilla brooch a while back and had to call on some
help from James as it was really beyond my skills, but now I am
determined to learn the techniques of carving metals. If you have not
seen James Miller’s book, may I suggest that it would be a fine
Christmas present for yourself, I believe it is available on Amazon
and other booksellers online, just google the title. Thanks to all
who write on this forum, it is a great help to us who are just
learning techniques of this wonderful craft.
Jackie in a wet England.