Book: The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques by Anastasia Young
This comprehensive and ambitious workshop reference for jewelers brings together a vast range of skills, techniques, and technical data in one volume, to provide an essential look-it-up resource for both students and professionals. It focuses on detailed explanation with clear step-by-step photography of remarkable cutting-edge jewelry pieces by jewelry designers and makers from around the world. In addition to detailed explanations of jewelry techniques there is an extensive directory of tools and materials, a key to identify tools for a "beginner's kit", a guide to the design process and to photography and promoting our own work, and a comprehensive reference section with a directory of gems, tool shapes, glossary, standard sizes and measurements, conversion tables, and an extensive list of resources. Covers traditional metal-smithing skills and techniques for alternative materials such as plastics and resin in expert detail, as well as discussing issues such as the process of outsourcing work to specialist external suppliers.