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As a jewelry maker I know there is always more to learn, in every stage of the jewelry making process.
Here are some of my favorite books that provide a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for helping you to make the best jewelry possible:
As per its title, this book covers traditional jewelry making with precious metals and gemstones, breaking down each step in the process from start to finish. It also includes design, setting up a workspace, tools, ordering materials as well as polishing and finishing finished pieces. Best of all, it includes practice projects with step-by-step instructions in order to put theory into practice. A fantastic overall look inside jewelry making process.
Despite attending a basic drafting class in high school, my drawing skills have been largely limited to smiley faces up until recently. If you don’t know how to draw, you will by the time you have worked your way through Dominique Audette’s outstanding instruction on both the why and the how of the basics of jewelry illustration, complete with dozens of exercises all of which can be done with pencil and paper.
Drawing for Jewelers also reviews basic jewelry drawing and perspective skills then goes further into artistic jewelry illustration with detailed instruction on how to draw realistic metal and gemstones in color using pencil, ink, and gouache – a very specific type of paint. THIS is how to make those amazing images we see on Pinterest!
Tim McCreight is the go-to resource for metalsmithing. Start here. 🙂
At some point you’ll probably want to add something shiny and colorful to your fine metalwork… without worrying about it falling off!
6. 101 Bench Tips for Jewelers
Practical tips and tricks beyond the basics to add to your workbench skills to speed production and increase quality.
Running into problems is part of the learning process, and Frieda Munro has the solutions for literally hundreds of them. Outstanding resource for getting unstuck and back on track quickly.
Even a perfect piece of jewelry might require repair at some point in its life. One of the most prominent jewelry designers and educators in the industry, Alan Revere walks you through technique after technique to repair the many types and extents of damage that can happen to settings.
If you’re making the leap from hobby to professional, Emily Shapiro shows you how to design a line of jewelry, both with future production in mind and how the various types of pieces in the collection are used for promoting the entire line.
If you can’t turn a profit, you won’t be business for very long. Marlene Richey digs deeper into the financial side of running your jewelry business, the fundamentals of which you need to understand in order to have a thriving jewelry business.
These are books that I refer to over and over again – I sure hope you find the books in this list to be as helpful as I do!