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Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  553 ratings  ·  25 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, ca ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Davis (first published 1982)
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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 ge ...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.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Lots of clear information. A must for any metalsmither.
Kim Zinkowski
A reference manual for metal workers. This volume was published in 1982. Techniques are likely timeless; materials and design, of course, advance with time.
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. ...more
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. ...more
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. If your self taught in silversmithing, this is the book to go to when you get stuck on "how to". I should say that this book is for anyone who is into all types of metalsmithing, not just jewelery making. Dad and I share this book between us. Easy to read information with simple drawings to complement each subject. ...more
Rodrick Campbell
This book covers a wide variety of techniques for metal working, but gives you just enough information to be a danger to yourself. Great for someone who just wants an overview without any real guidance on how to complete the tasks.
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far I LOVE this book! The instructions are concise, clear and easy enough for a beginner (me) to understand. There are many reference charts and tables as well. I first picked it up from my library and realized it was a KEEPER!
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: artbooks
A must have book for any body who works with metal. I bought it as a student and now use it as a teacher and a profesional
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must have!
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book for a thorough guide on all techniques of metalsmithing
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, crafts
The metalworking bible.
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diy
Really great book for the beginning and experienced smithy. Lots of good info on welding, blacksmithing, and jewelry design accompanied by some really good drawings.
Oct 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any silversmithing enthusiast
this is another one of those must-haves for jewelry/metalsmithing designers-- another desktop reference your workshop should have handy.
Paul Bailey
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, describes most of the processes used in the jewelers trade in simple terms.
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! ...more
PJ Who Once Was Peejay
This is something of a bible for those seeking to do metalsmithing. A very comprehensive guide.
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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A must have for every metalsmith's library! ...more
Sep 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Every jeweler needs this book, seriously.
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