Metalworking 101 for Beaders
Create Custom Findings, Pendants & Projects
by Candie Cooper
Published by Lark Books September 2009
Trying to find the perfect clasp or unique bead cap to showcase a favorite bead? Stop searching—and make your own! Metalworking 101 for Beaders provides detailed advice about tools and materials, step-by-step photos of the latest techniques, and a dedicated and delightful teacher to guide you through it all.
Candie explains how to enhance your beading pieces with techniques that include soldering, sawing and annealing, riveting, weaving, doming, piercing, texturing, applying finishes, and more! The book also includes over 30 striking jewelry projects to try!
This is one of those awesome books that I bought even before the publisher sent it to me for review! I found it at Barnes & Noble and bought it immediately!
The book starts off with an excellent chapter on tools explaining what you'll need and why you'll need them! It even includes a section on texturing metal that gives some fun and useful ideas.
One of the great things about this book is that the author includes little sidebars that give you tips and ideas from her own experiences that are extremely helpful! In my experience the best advice comes from artists who have come up with techniques devised from years of experience!
The Projects in this book are fantastic. I've said this before, but occasionally projects or items in some craft books are overly simple or super cheesy....you won't find this here! There are some gorgeous earrings, bracelets and necklaces to make!
Great instructions, awesome pictures and over 30 gorgeous projects make this book worth every cent!
I recommend this book for any beader and would-be metalworker....you can do it!