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...]

Review: Enamelling by Ruth Ball

by Jo Varney Enamelling by Ruth Ball (999 A53) I have been a big fan of enamelled jewellery for many years now, and after reading Ruth Ball’s fantastic book on the subject, I can honestly say that I am now an even bigger fan! Published by Bloomsbury as part of The Jewellery Handbook series, ‘Enamelling’ by Ruth Ball is intended as an introduction to the technique, which … [Read more...]

Review: Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers

by Jo Varney Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers by Elizabeth Bone is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of silversmithing, suitable for the jeweller rather than the metal smith (sounds self explanatory, but it needs to be clarified). Other similar texts tend to adopt a generalised approach for those creating decorative objects rather than pieces to wear, but not this book … [Read more...]

Review: Adult Colouring Books

by Jo Varney Secret Garden: an Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book by Johanna Basford I first stumbled across the concept of ‘Adult Colouring In’ early on this year when a striking black and white floral image caught my eye whilst browsing in a book shop. On closer inspection I was immediately struck by what a great idea this was, having spent many happy hours as a child … [Read more...]