You also feel more confident when there’s someone to hold your hand
(so-to-speak). You also get trade discounts, and insider tips.
You should start the process by identifying what kind of jewelry
you want to make. Perhaps cut out some photos and start a
collection of ideas, so you can define what techniques you will
need to learn.
That’s a very valid point, and this can encompass your favorite
artist, something in nature you like, architecture, all sorts of
Jewellery is an art form, as well as a craft, and as such the media
is not limited to precious metals. These days jewellery can even mean
plastics, and all sorts of things.
Here are three books that I picked up recently :-
The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewellery Making techniques
It uses mixed media precious, non-precious metals, rubbers, plastics
Button Jewelry & Accessories 22 Unique Projects
Personally I bought this to with a view to making the buttons or
plates in precious metals, or Mokume Gane. I’m looking at every
possibility, trying to find the most suitable medium for me.
The Complete Book of Jewelry Making: A Full-Color Introduction to
the Jeweler’s Art
I actually bought this so that I’d have something to read whilst the
car was getting serviced, the title is generic, so I wasn’t expecting
much. However I was surprised that the book contains a “lot” of
useful (that being a noob I simply didn’t consider).
Carles Codina i Aremgol has written a very concise book, that will be
A purist may say that jewellery can “only” be precious metals, which
is tantamount to saying that painting is the “only” art, sculpture is
"only" craft (a comment that made me almost punch an Archibald prize
winner… I restrained myself, and so did the other sculptors in the
Have fun, ask questions, try new things, and enjoy the journey.
That’s the most important thing. I don’t think anyone could really
argue with that (someone probably will
Regards Charles A.