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Oscar Branson Books

My families work was used by Oscar as examples in each of his
books as well as picturing the work of the fantastic craftsmen
Daniel Enos and Jimmy Herald who both learned and worked... <snip> 

Those Branson books were the most valuable tools I had to get myself
motivated and confident to pursue the art of jewelry. Period. Tim
McCreight was just a young whippersnapper in those days… just like
me. We didn’t have “Practical Metalsmith” in back then.

I loaned Oscar’s Vol. I to a neighborhood kid who wanted to use his
Dad’s silver to make some jewelry, but it turned out to be too much
work. He returned the book a couple weeks later…

Those Branson books are still a treasure-trove for those who choose
to take advantage of the lessons contained therein.

All the best,

Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio
Charlotte, NC (USA)

So glad you sent along your family’s connections. I’m keeping that
one! Just know that I sure enjoyed and profited from those excellent
volumes. But perhaps I’ve missed some from the sounds of it and that
may explain why I cannot find that “warm the pieces being patinated
and then dunk in boiling water to set permanently” bit I attributed
to Oscar. Was that technique familiar to you ? We can solve this
mystery, if so. Many of my books are out in the “barn” out of reach
at the present. Would be a huge help if you could confirm that
for me and others. Thank you so much for the post.


Oscar Branson’s Books at the "Jeweler’s Selected Bibliography"

Indian Jewelry Making (Jewelry Crafts)
By Oscar Branson

Price: $21.95
Media: Spiral-bound
Manufacturer : Treasure Chest Books
Release data : 01 February, 2001

Turquoise,the Gem of the Centuries
By Oscar T. Branson

Price: $12.95
Media: Hardcover
Manufacturer : Van Nostrand Reinhold
Release data : 01 February, 1977

Fetishes and Carvings of the Southwest
By Oscar T. Branson

Price: $3.98
Media: Paperback
Manufacturer : Treasure Chest Books
Release data : 01 July, 1976

As far as what we always called “oxidizing” was a solution of
sulpherated potash and water. The piece to be blackened was gently
heated and either dipped into the solution or the solution being
dropped onto the piece with an eyedropper. Don’t heat too much,
don’t let the solution dry. Polish off the patina where you don’t
want it. For some reason my family always used a Santa Cruz chili
past jar for oxidize. You can buy it when you visit Tucson, use the
chili past to make chili con carne then use the jar for oxidize.

Sam Patania, Tucson