Review: Handcrafted Wire Findings

By Jo Varney Handcrafted Wire Findings is a book for those wanting an alternative to shop bought findings, which tend to be very similar regardless of where you buy them. It is aimed at beginners, but would also serve as a refresher for anyone who is perhaps stuck in a cycle of using the same designs over and over again. Comprising of 127 pages and produced in a paperback … [Read more...]

Review: Compendium of Beading Techniques

By Jo Varney “Just like having an expert on call 24 hours a day – here are the answers to any beading questions or dilemmas you might have.” Beading and all the phraseology that goes along with it can be a confusing subject, particularly for a beginner. So, when a book comes along which claims to contain encyclopaedic knowledge of the topic as well as trade secrets and … [Read more...]

Review: Resin Jewellery

By Jo Varney The first thing that strikes me about the book Resin Jewellery is the colour and enthusiasm which radiates from each page. The second is the project based format, which is organised by date and works through the different eras of style one by one. This in itself is a different approach which is both accessible and fun. So, if like me you adore the colours and … [Read more...]

Review: Mounting and Setting Stones

By Jo Varney Mounting and Setting Stones is one in a series of illustrative design manuals which come under the banner of ‘design and make’. Other topics in the range include ‘Mixed Media Jewellery’, ‘Jewellery Using Textile Techniques’ and ‘Paper Jewellery’ amongst others, and provide well regarded, comprehensive teaching in each area backed up with clear diagrams and … [Read more...]

Review: The New Encyclopedia Of Jewellery Making Techniques

by Jo Varney The New Encyclopedia of Jewellery Making Techniques is a glossy paperback book, split into eight chapters spanning 160 pages dealing with; Cutting Metal, Heating Metal, Moving Metal, Surface Decoration, Working with Wire, Specialist Techniques and Using other Materials, which all follow a basic introduction covering tools, metals and design. The New … [Read more...]

Review: How To Make Hammered Wire Jewellery

By Nicola Moxey This is a gorgeous book, full of stunning full-page pictures and tutorials with carefully shown steps. It’s going to have a permanent place on my worktop, as a brilliant ideas source. I opened the book and flipped through going “Oo! I could make that!” and “Wow, what a good idea!” at almost every page, before settling down and reading it through. How To Make … [Read more...]

Review: Hot and Cold Connections

Tim McCreight is an American artist and teacher who is well known and widely respected within the jewellery and silver smithing industry. He has written over a dozen books on metal technique covering a broad range of subjects including PMC, Knife Making, Casting and also Design Theory. However, McCreight is perhaps best known for his ‘Complete Metalsmith’ series which is highly … [Read more...]

Review: Handmade to Sell

by Jo Varney Handmade to Sell is a guide to running a craft business written by the directors of an organisation called Hello Craft, which is based in the United States. Hello Craft is a non profit making trade association, for craft entrepreneurs. They hold an annual business conference, known as the ‘Summit of Awesome’ which aims to equip crafters with the relevant business … [Read more...]

Review: Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewellery Makers

by Jo Varney I will be honest, stonesetting is not something that I’ve ever felt confident with. I know the principles of course and I have set many stones in the past, but it has never been a job that I relish, in fact quite the opposite. With that in mind, reading and reviewing Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewellery Makers has come as something of a revelation to me, and I … [Read more...]

Review: The Knotting and Braiding Bible

by Jo Varney If, like me, you don’t know the difference between a Larks head, a Carrick bend and a half-hitch, then The Knotting and Braiding Bible by Dorothy Wood is going to be a fantastic voyage of discovery! Creative knotting is a vast subject full of somewhat alien terminology, which for beginners (of which I am one) can seem a little daunting. However, I am pleased to … [Read more...]