Metalsmithing can be a daunting task, especially to the beginner. This beautifully photographed, comprehensive guide provides crafters of all levels with a gentle, user-friendly approach to substantial metal jewelry-making skills. After reviewing the fundamentals of jewelry design, raw materials, and safety in the studio, readers are introduced to tools for cutting, drilling, forming, soldering, polishing, and more. Next, they learn a variety of techniques, including piercing, stamping, forging, annealing, oxidizing, casting, and even setting stones, enabling them to create 25 stunning and professional-looking projects.
Jan Loney is an artist/metalsmith who enjoys creating a variety of work from jewelry to sculpture. She maintains her studio, Metalier, in Pittsburgh, PA. Her creations have been exhibited at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Society for Contemporary Craft, the Yaw Gallery, and the Andy Warhol Museum, among others. Professional memberships include the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the National Ornamental Metal Museum, and the Craftsmen’s Guild. Visit her website metalier.com for more information.