Published in Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers

I was honored to be published in Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers by Jinks McGrath in 2012.

My work is featured in the chapter explaining working with Tin.

Metalsmithing for jewelry workers

 

My up cycled tin Arkansas shaped earrings, and my up cycled floral tin earrings are featured above in the far left and far right corners. You used to be able to purchase this work at The Green Corner Store or on my Etsy store Creative Cloud Designs. But that was 2012. And it’s 2014.

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Comprehensive and sophisticated in its approach, Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers is the ultimate reference for jewelry makers of all levels. Exploring a wide range of both precious and non precious metals, traditional methods are examined alongside contemporary styles and adaptations to offer a unique and inspirational insight into the art and craft of jewelry making for today’s artisan. Freshly commissioned, full-color photographs accompany detailed step-by-step tutorials, while the book is peppered throughout with interviews with contemporary practitioners, providing readers with an understanding of the range of different working methods, materials, and developing techniques. The book also features a variety of inspirational galleries that showcase eye-catching examples of contemporary work, highlighting the stunning effects that can be achieved with each technique.

Following an opening chapter on metalsmithing tools, chapter two discusses at length and in detail the essential properties of each metal used in jewelry making, providing important information on everything from characteristics such as malleability and melting temperatures, to advice on working with each one in order to create jewelry pieces. From gold and platinum to copper and steel, this chapter provides the reader with all the information they need to know regarding each metal, and constitutes the main body of the book. The second section explores an extensive range of techniques, from basic techniques suitable for beginners through to more advanced and specialist skills. Step-by-step tutorials highlight the fundamental stages of each process, while comprehensive sidebars detail the relevant considerations for applying the technique to a variety of different metals, with cross-references where applicable. Interviews and inspirational galleries of contemporary work punctuate each chapter in this section, showcasing the styles and effects that can be achieved using the various techniques discussed. A comprehensive resources section completes the book, offering readers a wealth of further information on jewelry making, and, uniquely, providing them with invaluable advice on how best to take the leap from amateur to professional jeweler.

With its combination of step-by-step tutorials, inspirational galleries, extensive cross-referencing, and advice from contemporary practitioners, Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers introduces an authoritative new style of reference that is guaranteed to appeal to both professional and amateur jewelry makers.

Packed with step-by-step tutorials covering basic and specialist techniques
Includes professional advice from contemporary practitioners
Details considerations for working with an extensive range of different metals
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jinks McGrath is a designer and jewelry maker living in East Sussex, UK. Her work has been inspired by a number of visits to India, Thailand, and Africa where she has watched and worked alongside local craftspeople. Jinks trained at the Berkshire College of Art and Design and is the author of several books.

To purchase this book find it here on Amazon.com

Since then I have been trying to work on re-creating my Artist Portfolio utilizing a new website, wix.com. But it’s so hard when you no longer have a studio, and your metalsmithing tools are now in Texas. And no one is willing to help undo the damage to your life.

I wish show much, I’ve prayed, I’ve begged, I’ve complained, for two years for a Miracle. As a Buddhist, I still believe in Miracles, I always have, and I’ve tried every effort to save me, but that’s hard when your a victim of True Life Crime.

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