« Lazer Sharp Pier/Jetty Saltwater Tackle Kit, 30 pieces, plus reusable plastic fishing box Retro Continental Express 16 Pcs Battery Operated Toy Train Set » 3 thoughts on “The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry” 33 of 33 people found the following review helpful Excellent How To Resource, April 8, 2013 By Magicmetal Denver – This review is from: The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry (Paperback) The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry is a well organized,concise and accurate beginning jewelry making book with well referenced technique lessons, clear accurate photographic descriptions of processes, and step by step projects for students wishing to immediately begin making jewelry. This book initially appears to be written for the beginner but quickly touches on more advanced techniques without overwhelming the student yet injecting the reader with advanced potential. Design is often driven by technique and all the techniques and processes in this book are explained clearly and well represented with accurate photographic images.My students could review a technique from the book and begin making object immediately after reviewing a single chapter.I personally appreciated the many references in each technique lesson to the important charts and tables found in the books appendix. These references are printed in clear big bold fonts and save time and clarify nuances in technique. A critical review of this book may find that Mr. Sartins book does not give any suggestions to the beginning student on how to organize and layout a home or commercial studio and some of the images found throughout the book could be more inspirational. These small details that do not detract from the ” Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry”, as a impressive instructional tool…….Denver Artist/Metalsmith IraSherman 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 17 of 17 people found the following review helpful Making Metal Jweelry, May 9, 2013 By v_mtz (USA) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry (Paperback) I’ve been looking for a good instructional manual on how to make jewelry but they seem to be either too simple or way too technical, this book for me has filled that void. Simply put the instructions are clear and straight to the point. Each step is outlined and easy to follow. The book is divided in a logical progression from basic skills and ending with much more complex projects. Looking at the progression from simple skills to more complex skills, does not make the learning process intimidating, but fun and a great set of skills to obtain. This is not to mention that one will have some really great jewelry as well at the completion of the projects. The photos are a great help in showing each step of the process/project. And they highlight the subtle nuances to each technique. Another aspect that I really like about the book is that each project has a list of the tools and materials one will need to complete the project. The author eludes to a the fact that there are a lot more techniques that are not presented in this book I hope he is working on an advanced edition! I would recommend this book for anyone that wants to learn how to do something more than string beads or glue gems into pre-made settings. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 16 of 16 people found the following review helpful One of the best jewelry making books I’ve read, July 10, 2013 By Texas Mommy (Ft Worth, TX) – This review is from: The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry (Paperback) I received this book a few days ago and have learned so much already. John’s book mirrors his jewelry – thoughtful, refined, and well-executed. The photography is excellent as is the instruction. I especially enjoyed the section covering how to make your own dapping block for unusual shapes – something I hadn’t considered before. I have been studying metalsmithing via books and a handful of classes over the past five years, and this book covers material I would expect to learn in a college setting more so than in a hobbyist-type class. I have been impressed with the breadth of techniques covered – the basics like texturing and soldering are there – yet his also manages to include anticlastic and synclastic forming, which most books don’t. My favorite part of the entire book was how to work a rod into a taper, a technique I had not seen in a jewelry making book before. I’ve read a lot of jewelry-making books! I would highly recommend this comprehensive and easy to follow book to anyone serious about learning metal arts. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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