Paperback: 122 pages
Publisher: Jeanette Caines (February 24, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #277,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #325 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Jewelry & Beadwork > Jewelry
Been making jewelry for 12 years and many tips I didn't know. Very easy to read and follow with tons of clear photos to give examples of how to follow the techniques. A gorgeous book full of beautiful jewelry that gives many fine tips on soldering. This book makes a topic that could be deadly boring exciting and interesting and I found it extremely helpful.
This is hands down one of the most beautifully designed And easy to follow how-to books I've seen, and it does indeed offer many great tips on soldering. What's special about it is that you have clear (and large) pictures of the steps needed, and lots of inspirational photographs to draw from. I'm so happy to have this book. Not only does it deserve to be in a jewelers library, but it could also sit on my living room coffee table for guests to leaf through!
As a former art teacher and writer of curriculum, I was very impressed with Ms. Caines comprehensive writing style. The illustrations were beautiful throughout this instructive and artistic book. I found myself wanting to create and was drawn to her straight forward and easy to understand explanations of materials and methodology. I have had the pleasure of seeing Ms. Caines' work first hand and she is extremely talented. She brings to her craft a true passion for excellence which is conveyed in both her execution and instruction. I highly recommend this beautiful book.
I have been a Jewelry Arts student for the past couple of years and I love the challenge of soldering but I still don't feel confident about it all the time. Have read a lot of other books/watched a lot of videos about soldering and this is by far the best: practical, straightforward text and clear "how-to-do-it" illustrations covering all different types of soldering situations -- with gorgeous jewelry pictures. Thanks to Jeanette for sharing her expertise!
I so loved this book. I have been making jewelry for several years and have had many teachers. Jeanette's approach is simple, clear and filled with wonderful tips. Whether you are new at jewelry or a semi-pro this book will help you discover new techniques to make soldering easier. But truthfully, I would have bought the book simply for the pictures... fantastic eye candy!
Excellent primer on soldering for both silver and gold alloys. Ms. Caines explains every step with clear and concise words, and boosts them with stunning pictures. I am an amateur silversmith with basic formal training, and I learned valuable tips that my previous instructors left out. I'm glad she takes the focus away from the soldering pick (never really liked that thing anyway) and puts it on better techniques. I was previously taught that heat is a "solder magnet," but was never really taught how to use it in my favor. Ms. Caines asks you to stop moving that torch around like a nervous monkey and point it where it matters! The pictures in this simple read are absolutely beautiful and the tutorials are easy to follow. I just wish it was printed in gloss paper, instead of matte.
I have read every book on torch soldering jewelry using gold or hard silver solder that I can find and this is the best for the basic techniques. There is nothing very sophisticated, but the advice is solid and the photos are very clear. If you are new to soldering this is perhaps the best choice. The examples are mostly gold, however, the advice is equally applicable to silver so if you work with silver buy the book. I did learn a few tricks which made it worthwhile. The author has several ideas about how soldering should be taught that are insightful and I believe correct. This isn't the book for learning to repair prongs but if you are new to soldering or are having problems with it, this is worth every penny.
Written by a true expert and artist. It answers all the questions and the photos are not only clear to see the techniques but are absolutely breath-taking. Even if you are not a jeweler, but just love jewelry, this book is a must to have.
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