Books for Every Metalsmith

Every now and again someone will ask which books we recommend to help the new metalsmith continue their education and be a good reference at the bench. These are the top four books that every metalsmith should own. 

They Complete Metalsmith Student Ed. by Tim McCreight

The Complete Metalsmith Student Ed. by Tim McCreight

The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight should be on every jewelry students work bench. Packed full of information on every aspect of metalsmithing without drowning you in details. Great for even experienced metalsmith as a quick reference book. Hardback with a spiral binding means it is durable enough to toss in your tool box and will lay flat making it easy to use while working.

Creative Stonesetting by John Cogswell

Creative Stonesetting by John Cogswell

 When you want to get past the basics of bezel setting and commercial mountings for faceted stones this book it for. This book explores how to understand and create unique setting at the bench for unusual gems. Any jeweler interested in making their own unique stone settings or wants to get a better understanding of stone setting should get this book.

Fold Forming by Charles Lewton-Brain

Fold Forming by Charles Lewton-Brain

More than 20 years ago Charles Lewton-Brain developed a new way develop forms in sheet metal. Since then many metalsmiths explored and expanded on his techniques. This book provides step by step instruction on this exploration and is good for metalsmiths of all skill levels. 

The Metalsmith's Book of Boxes & Lockets by Tim McCreight

The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes & Lockets by Tim McCreight

At some point most metalsmiths need to know how to make hinges and clasps. Whether you want to make a locket, a hinged bracelet, or small box this book will give you all the information you could ever need. Geared toward the intermediate metalsmith with clear instruction and over 100 color photos in no time you will be creating your own boxes, hinges, and catches. 

These are just some of the books we carry at Danaca Design. Come see the complete collection at:

5619 University Way NE

Seattle, Washington. 

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