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Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Spiral-bound to lie flat, and handsomely packaged with a rigid fabric cover and plastic band to hold sketches and notes, this information-packed technique source book is on every professional metalworker's must-have list. Filled with drawings and charts, it goes into incredible depth on every crucial topic: materials, tools, shaping, surfaces, joining, color, finishing, ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Davis (first published February 28th 2004)
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Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting to learn to make jewelry.
There are a lot of great books on the market for metalsmiths and jewelry makers but this is one of the best. If you are going to buy one book, make this the one. Even if you are going to buy a bunch of books, this is the perfect first one.

The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight is the bible for metalworking. It is written as a technical reference book covering physical properties of different metals, basic instructions for almost every jewelry making technique imaginable, and even great extras
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
In straightforward prose, McCreight explains tools, materials, and techniques associated with metalsmithing and related jewelry making. As he says in the introduction, “Information from hundreds of sources has been collected, distilled, and illustrated. It is intended to be both a text and a tool, a blend of instruction and reference.” It is generally considered by students and teachers to be an invaluable reference. You can find information about such things as “common soldering problems” or ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you know you have a passion for metal and intend to invest any real time in it, you need access to this book. Preferably the ring bound version as it is so convenient for lying on the bench. Possibly this book is a little dense for the absolute beginner, but required reading for low-intermediate level jewellers and upwards. No other book is so universally endorsed by metalworkers at all levels, and it is with VERY good reason.
Amelia Linde
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Beginners in Metalcraft
This is the Jewelry making bible for beginners. Beware, if you are interested in this artform that is is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE to get started. You are going to have to feel a connection to metal and be willing to do without a lot of things once you get started.

This book will teach you the basics in detail with photos and give you a greater understanding of techniques that are required for beginners. I suggest you read it cover to cover before you ever sign up for a class.
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewelry-class
A complete guide and directions to almost anything you need to know about metalsmithing. The "Professional Edition" has step by step guilds and illustrations to any process you may need to know for metalworking and makes it easy to teach others (I've even had teachers copy pages directly out of the book for student to refer to). I have this book and I refer to it very often. This would be the book I would suggest an instructor uses to teach metals. This is a metalsmiths bible in my opinion.
Mario Hiter
May 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Complete Metalsmith is a must for any studio or educational setting. It is a metalsmithing encyclopedia of techniques, which explains all techniques, has color photographs and charts, and also contains various conversion charts and mathematical formulas relating to measurements of metals and metal working. The only downfall to the book is that it doesn't explain all techniques in great detail, it is intended more as a resource.
Tammy Powley
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: metal workers
Candie Cooper
Jun 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great for people who have done some metalwork and need a quick reference book. I love all McCreights books.
Jillian Geralds
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any beginner metalsmith
Recommended to Jillian by: Tim Lazure
This is an awesome manual a metalsmith can't afford to not have in the studio!
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewelry-making
A must have for every metalsmith's library!
Sep 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jewelry
Every jeweler needs this book, seriously.
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