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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Have you taken a beginning class here at Danaca Design? Or somewhere else?
Are you looking to dive in deeper, learn more and advance your skills?
We’ve got a great intermediate intensive class coming up at the beginning of August. Usually our beginning and intermediate classes run on the weekend, but over the summer we’ve been offering week long intensives. This class will run Monday-Friday, with the studio owner Dana Cassara.
Immersing yourself in the studio for several days in a row can be very rewarding, and creates opportunities you might not find in a weekend or once per week class.
Our Total Immersion: Beginning class earlier this month was a great success. The students got a lot done and seemed really excited about their new skills. Didn’t take the Total Immersion: Beginning class? No problem! You can still take the Intermediate Immersion class if you’ve had any beginning jewelry making class experience.
Students from our previous Intermediate classes have made some pretty cool stuff. Check it out below.
Total Immersion: Intermediate Jewelry Making
Instructor: Dana Cassara
August 4-8, Monday – Friday, 5 weekdays, 10:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $595 Basic materials included
What could be more fun than making jewelry for an entire week? Nothing! Join me on this five day journey aimed at increasing your confidence and knowledge at the jeweler’s bench. We will focus heavily on construction and soldering tricks as well as finishing techniques to create desired surfaces. A variety of stone setting options will be covered including tube, prongs, pedestal settings and captured settings. Basic hydraulic press forming for creating multiples and preserving textures, simple hinges, a variety of cold connections and clasp systems will also be presented. Students may choose to work through the design and completion of a complex piece of jewelry or create samples of each technique over the course of the week.
If you’re interested in signing up for the Total Immersion: Intermediate Jewelry Making class give us a call in the studio Tuesday-Friday 11-6, Saturday 10-6!