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The Complete Metalsmith: An Illustrated Handbook
Tim McCreight, The Complete Metalsmith: An Illustrated Handbook, Revised Edition, spiral-bound
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14 Reddit comments about The Complete Metalsmith: An Illustrated Handbook:

u/dave9199 · 54 pointsr/preppers

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u/spastacus · 11 pointsr/pics

Covers the basics of just about everything small/bench metals related and will give you good start points on a ton of techniques

u/Erra0 · 5 pointsr/jewelrymaking

I'm going to give you a list of resources that have helped me the past couple years get into silversmithing. If you have any more specific questions, let me know!

The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight has been the go to for a number of years. Tons of great information and instruction. -

You'll be buying most of your tools and metals from Rio Grande -

Other websites that have tools/supplies -

There are a ton of youtube channels out there about metalsmithing, but by far my favorite is Soham Harrison's. Tons of videos, easy to follow, does a good job explaining everything.

If you want damn near everything you'll need but a bench and don't mind spending some money up front, Rio Grande's Apprentice Kit is extremely comprehensive. Even if you don't want to order it all in one go, treat the parts list as a goal for what you'll eventually want:

If you want some kits that are much cheaper to get you started, these two will give you almost everything you need to start doing some simple projects. For some reason the soldering kit doesn't actually come with a butane torch, so order that separately: and

u/petecas · 4 pointsr/Blacksmith

What do you want to do with copper? If it's jewelry type applications, you could do a LOT worse than to pick up

u/Squeeums · 3 pointsr/Benchjewelers

The Complete Metalsmith is a great resource and was used in nearly all of the metalworking classes I took in college. It has a lot of information about a wide variety of metalworking topics.

Before CAD, to design a ring to be cast you would hand carve wax. carving tools and a source of heat to modify the wax is helpful but not completely necessary, you can do some impressive work with carving wax and a decent exacto knife.

You may also want to look into fabricating jewelry. In this case your saw skills and filing skills are paramount. Beth Millner is an artist that I admire, most of her work and designs are based on clean fabrication work.

u/ParkieDude · 2 pointsr/jewelrymaking

A neat little spiral book is The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight It will not cover any of the wood details, but lots of neat tips on the metal working.

u/EvergreenBipolar · 2 pointsr/SilverSmith

Is there any way you can take classes in your area? I've learned some new techniques from online sources, but there's no substitute for in person instruction.

Every Smith should have this book.

The Complete Metalsmith: An Illustrated Handbook

Good luck.

u/awesomersmartness · 1 pointr/TwoXChromosomes

A couple/things of places to look at

SNAG Upscale contemporary metals and jelwery but good links and resources.

Fifteen bucks well worth spending if you are interested in working in small metals Covers technique and material basics and intermediate level techniques as well. Good foundation book.

Retail suppliers: Otto Frei Tools Good site and service and they have good sales.
Rio grande Great print catalogs well worth the ten bucks to order them even just as research.
Contenti Sells decent stuff cheap so a good place for beginner tools.

Metals from a tool supplier or bead store will be more expensive as the mark up is typically a lot higher than a specialized metal supplier so shop around. And start out with copper so it stings your wallet less as you learn a new tool universe.

Hope this helps have fun

u/namesofpens · 1 pointr/jewelrymaking

a kit like this would get you started with the main items you need. You will also need brass/copper/sterling sheet metal and/or wire and a metal ring mandrel to make the forms.
You may decide to invest in an acetylene torch, if you do, double check with your states/home insurance rules about having that type of torch in your home. In my state, it voids a home insurance policy if a fire starts in a residential home due to a torch.

Once you move into bezel or prong setting, you may buy bezel wire or make it yourself, same goes for the prongs and prong settings. You will need jewelers files and a flex shat (or small hand-held rotary drill) to help with the polishing and various grits of sandpaper/polishing compounds to get the finish you desire.

This book is a great resource.

u/bumblepuppy · 1 pointr/DIY

As others have posted, I too am a big fan of Tim McCreight
if you want a how-to book. He definitely has the DIY ethos.

I just watched this video about very low temp soldering - with a lighter! Can't personally vouch for it, but seems do-able for a newbie?

In case you want more "alternative" diamonds, here are two choices:
rough diamonds and Herkimer Diamonds Okay, these are really quartz, but "diamond" is in the name! And they come naturally "cut" in this shape which is kinda cool.

Lastly, I want to throw in that I'm a big fan of putting steel in a wedding ring. For a ring that you wear everyday, your body's natural oils will keep it from rusting, but take it off and...busted! Frugal and romantic! Win win!

u/notable_bro · 1 pointr/jewelry

I'm surprised they took you to straight to repair and surpassed fabrication work. But congrats nonetheless!

First, know what type of torch you're using. Propane, Acetylene or natural gas. Each of them behave differently, get to different temperatures, and have different safety regulations. Check your regulators before touching the torch and always have a fire extinguisher handy.

Second, you have to notice the difference between reducing, oxidizing and neutral flames You want to try to use a neutral flame most of the time.

Third, remember that size of flame is important. Most of the time, you can get an area just as hot with a smaller flame, it will just be more concentrated in a certain area. Thinner, more intricate pieces need smaller flames.

Fourth, remember to use a heat shield on anything you heat and flux on anything you solder. Unless you want the pink of firescale on purpose, don't forget them. Practice applying your flux and heating it so that it doesn't burn off.

Fifth, remember that solder travels in the direction of heat, and likes to travel on cleaner surfaces. If one part of your piece is colder than the other, the solder is going to want to travel away from that, with some effect of gravity, and closer to the flame of your torch. Try to heat your piece evenly unless there's an area that heat can't be applied.

Sixth, never EVER get heat near stones other than diamond.

Seventh, make sure your solder joints are as flush as you can make them and your pieces don't move. Use a clean sawblade, a file, or 220 sandpaper to make sure everything lines up as best as possible. A cleaner, perfectly made joint will be easier and have nicer result. Line up everything with locking tweezers or a third hand so that they don't move around.

Eighth, remember your hardnesses of solder. Hard is hot, easy is cooler. Use the hardest solder you're comfortable with so the joint is as strong as possible, while still trying to be repairable in the future.

Last, but most importantly, invest in a guide. The Complete Metalsmith is a great resource for any jeweler-in-training.