Handmaking lockets

Greetings all Just for fun I thought I might make a locket by hand.
Not a lot of seems to be available. That included the
jewellers bible Metal Techniques by Oppi Untrach. Amazingly it was
silent on the subject. Any suggestions out there on books available
that may be of assistance? Perhaps those making lockets occasionally
could be able to help?

I’ve tried to make a simple press using a wooden block and punch with
limited success. We regularly make our own chenier so that’s no

Mostly the way of making the main case and suggested thicknesses.

Thanks in advance William Russell in wet and humid tropical CAIRNS
Australia.(looking forward to our winter.)

The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes & Lockets” by Tim McCreight.

Hi William, I highly recommend Tim McCreight’s book on Boxes and
Lockets. -Kate Wolf http://www.katewolfdesigns.com

A wonderful book on lockets is “The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes & Lockets” by Tim McCreight; ISBN # 0-9658248-9-6.

Marta in cold and sunny Sacramento

Tim McCreight has just the book for you: The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes & Lockets. You can order it from Amazon or most any bookstore.
I think it would cover your needs.


I’m sure I am not the only one who will recommend this, but check out
Tim McCreight’s new book “The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes & Lockets”.
It’s excellent, and has some detailed projects for making lockets.


dear william,

my absolute favoritest book on that exact subject is “boxes and
lockets” by tim mccreight. it’s helped me with box/locket projects and
related problems.

have fun, it’s a totally awesome book!

would like to also take some time to thank everybody on orchid for
being so knowledgeable and supportive of each other. my confidence in
my work has increased tenfold, thanks mostly to orchid!


 Any suggestions out there on books available that may be of

Tim McCreight has a book called The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes & Lockets that might be of help to you. I have flipped through it and
it seemed to be pretty comprehensive, but having never made a locket I
can’t say for sure. Perhaps someone else who has actually used the
book can give a review…


I just purchased Tim McCreight’s book entitled A Metalsmith’s Book of
Boxes & Lockets, 1999, Hand Books Press, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Picked mine up at the Rio Grande catalogue in motion in Tucson where
Tim was autographing copies of all of his wonderful, insightful,
colorful and supurbly instrucitonal books. It’s in their catalogue.
I bet you’ll get more than one response to your request - - - and I
bet you will love the book!

Kay Taylor (who is also loving Bonjou’s jewelry class at the
aformentioned Baldwin Park Adult Ed. Fine Arts Center – east of Los
Angeles about 18 - 20 miles)

Hello William, I just made my first locket, So I’m not an authority on
the subject. Here is what I did. I cut a hole through piece of
Plexiglas in the desired shape. Make sure that the hole is the same on
both sides. Cut a piece of metal larger than the hole. Cut a piece of
neoprene sheet (from a local plastics shop). Stack them and clamp in a
large bench vise to form the metal. Anneal and repeat if needed. Do
this to make opposite sides.

You can see a picture of the locket that I made on my web-site. Look
in the archive section.

It was an interesting project.

Timothy A. Hansen
TAH Handcrafted Jewelry
web-site: www.home.earthlink.net/~tahhandcraft
e-mail: @Timothy_A_Hansen

Hi William, I recently purchased a copy of Tim McCreight’s " Boxes
and Lockets Metalsmithing Techniques" from Fine Arts Press in Sydney.
It is definitely worth having, as are all of McCreight’s books.
Cheers, Christine in Adelaide.

Hi William; You won’t probably get some excellent ideas by looking
into a book by Susan Kingsley entitled,Hydraulic Die Forming for Jewelers and Metalsmiths. If you’d like to see what can be done with
the technique, go to this site:


You might also find useful in the book by Charles
Lewton-Brain, Hinges and Hinge-Based Catches for Jewelers and Goldsmiths, available from Brain Press at:


David L. Huffman

Dear William Russell,

One source of possibly helpful is Tim McCreight’s book
The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes & Lockets ”. The ISBN number is
0-9658248-9-6. Copyright 1999.

Published by Hand Books Press, telephone 608-256-1990 or
800-969-1556, in Madison Wisconsin, USA. Distributed by North Light
Books, telephone 513-531-2222, in Cincinnati Ohio, USA.

I ordered and purchased my copy online through Amazon, http://www.amazon.com.

Best regards,

Michael David Sturlin, jewelry artist @Michael_David_Sturli

Michael Sturlin Studio, Scottsdale Arizona USA

 We regularly make our own chenier so that's no problem. 

What is chenier? Noel

 We regularly make our own chenier so that's no problem. 
 What is chenier?     Noel 

Chenier is tubing used for the hinge section of the locket

William Russell