Review: Advanced Chain Maille

By Jo Varney You could be forgiven for thinking that chain maille is a technique which has been assigned to the past, as there is little demand today for metal based battle dress which is what we traditionally associate with it. So you may be surprised to learn that this method of linking wire actually forms the basis of a fascinating jewellery practise, which remains … [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: Hot Connections Jewellery

By Jo Varney Hot Connections Jewellery is a large paperback book focusing on the subject of soldering techniques. It is marketed as a guide that will ‘take your jewellery making skills to the next level’, and it is written by Jennifer Chin who is a teacher and metalsmith working in Boston in the USA. This is her first book. Comprising of 160 pages spread across six … [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...]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2016

By Jo Varney Yes, it’s that time of year again. Christmas has well and truly begun now that December is here and I’m sure I’m not alone in a creeping sense of slight panic which is beginning to wash over me. With so much choice at our fingertips, finding great gifts can sometimes be a bit of a daunting task. So, I have scoured the web pages on your behalf and unearthed a few … [Read more...]

Review: The Art of Metal Clay

By Jo Varney The Art of Metal Clay was first published in 2003 and has become one of the best selling guides to working with metal clay. As working techniques with this relatively new material have evolved since its original publication, Sherri Haab has now updated her original book to include the following: The new bronze and copper clays, with must-have instructions … [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...]