I treat myself to a new reference book each year, and you may find
this one to be of interest. The book is by Tim McCreight, called “The
Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets”, published in 1999 by Hand
Books Press. The works shown are inspirational, and the book covers
the basics from assembly to catches and hinges. It also has some
on dies, and the use of a hydraulic press.
If you were inspired before you saw this book, you will loose
yourself (and I dare say, some time) in these pages! Have fun!
Melissa Veres, Engraver