Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway | Metalsmithing Made Easy

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There are many excellent metalsmith instructors out there. But if I had to pick just one, I would pick Kate Richbourg. This veteran teacher knows just how to approach metalsmithing so students can learn without being overwhelmed or intimidated. One example is her FREE  Micro Torch Basics mini class from Craftsy. (my review here).  Adept in print as well as in person, she is clear and succinct.


I recently received her most recent book Metalsmithing Made Easy from Interweave for review.  This follows her successful book Simple Soldering which I also reviewed. She again uses a student friendly lesson plan of techniques to take metalsmithing newcomers through the basics.

The first 4 chapters covers thoroughly all you need to know about the various kinds of torches, tools, solders, metals and materials metalsmiths use. She takes the student through proper set-ups and covers problem solving and tips.  For example, in addition to her jewelry saw blade guide for different metal sheet gauges, she also offers a simple rule of thumb - about two teeth on the blade should be the same width as the thickness of the metal.

Hand held rotary tools are commonly used to make tasks much easier.  Why sand by hand if you can use an electric tool? Her coverage of virtually all the different bits, burrs and accessories you can get for this tool type is thorough in the chapter devoted just to rotary tools.




Like her previous book, this instructor again takes the student through different samplers. There are 15 samplers in all covering soldering, filing, punching holes, making jump rings and chain links, annealing, texturing, stamping, granulation techniques, riveting, bezel settings with decorative bezel wire, prongs, rotary filing, using a metal cutoff wheel, drilling holes into metal and stone, tube setting and removing solder. It is as comprehensive as it can get given the scope of the book.



The 15 projects all show this instructor's creativity not just in design but in teaching through the projects. She has earrings, rings, locket, pendant and bracelet designs. I have selected a few to feature.  Choosing was very difficult as all the designs were excellent.

The Belt Pendant below requires drilling holes into the gemstone and riveting.


Rings are this designer's forte.  There are several in this book. Her Carved Rings teaches how to make a metal ring and use a rotary tool with the appropriate accessory to carve out patterns.  Stamping also adds to the texture of these rings.


Her earrings with balled accents is an exercise in drawing beads (melting the ends of metal wire or short lengths of wire into balls).


The picture below shows the back of her Prong Set Pendant. The armature can easily be adjusted to suit any shape of stone.


This Riveted Hook and Eye Clasp is so unique:


Her Tile Bracelet is a vision in copper. Several half round bails were made from wire and soldered to the back of the plates.  These were where the jump rings connect the stamped tiles.


The book not only instructs but inspires.  A reference book in many ways and a must have to any beginner metalsmith. Highly recommended.

Giveaway
If you'd like to win a copy of Metalsmithing Made Easy please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international. 
If the winner has a non-post box US address, the prize will be a physical book.  Otherwise it will be an eBook.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  September 19 , 2016. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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I do receive a small fee for any products purchased through affiliate links. This goes towards the support of this blog and to provide resource information to readers. The opinions expressed are solely my own. They would be the same whether or not I receive any compensation.

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59 comments:

  1. WOW, this looks like a great book. Soldering is one thing I need to work on and this seems like the perfect tutoring option.

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  2. I have done some workshops with Kate and would love to have this as a reference book. I love her work.
    ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  3. This looks like a most interesting book and a great introduction to lots of useful techniques!

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  4. Please enter me to win this metalsmithing book. Thank you!
    Julie

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  5. This had been a "want to learn" desire for a while now. I would love a copy of this book.

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  6. I have signed up for classes but this would be so awesome to have and review when you aren't sure or just want a idea.

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  7. This book looks awesome!! Exactly what I'm looking for! Clear, concise pictures and instructions. And really great looking results! Would LOVE to win this!!!
    Thanks for your blog Pearl!

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  8. I have followed some small videos with K.R. and have been more than satisfied with looking and learning. It would give a lot of knowledge to have her book.

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  9. I love her work. Would love to win this book.

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  10. Just tweeted about your post and giveaway.
    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/775331222662754304

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  11. I've put the book on my Amazon wish list in case I don't win a copy. As soon as I saw the Belt Pendant I knew it was a book I needed.

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  12. What superb metalworking! Would love to learn to be as skilled as her. Blog follower, subscriber and Facebook fan, I can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com, fingers crossed!

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  13. Looks like an interesting book

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  14. Really enjoy Kate's videos and posts. I have her previous book. It is really organized and helpful. This book is on my wish list. Kimpozar@yahoo.com

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  15. Would really love this book. The projects fit so well with exactly what I love.

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  16. Looks like another GREAT training tool! I would love to win this book and the information included plus jewelry ideas and techniques.
    Subscriber and follower.

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  17. I really would love to work with metal. I'd love to see more of this book.
    monamhassan@gmail.com

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  18. I just learnt how to prong set and to solder bezels and I am eager to learn more. This book would really useful

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  19. I love working with metal. Every single video or article I've seen about Kate Richbourg extol her many talents and boast about what an excellent teacher she is. I watched her for many years showing basic metalsmithing and was totally inspired by her.

    Please do chuck my name in there Pearl. I've got everything crossed that my number comes up on this one!

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  20. Looks like an excellent book for more on metalworking techniques
    karlynr@gmail.com

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  21. This looks great. I would love to up my metal skills.

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  22. I am a blog subscriber. cmbmattos@aol.com

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  23. I would love to win this book. I love Kate's work.

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  24. I would love to try some metal work. It is something that I have always been interested in but it looks overwhelming. cozyhomerental@cox.net

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  25. I was just reviewing this book yesterday. It is an excellent book!
    cederlindcathy@comcast.net

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  26. I have just started my adventure in metalworking and this book looks like something I need. Thanks for the chance to win!.

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  27. Oh, this looks like I great book. I really enjoy Kate's style and presentation of her techniques. I'm a blog subscriber!
    Thanks again Pearl for a great giveaway!

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  28. need this book
    cherylgrinnell@yahoo.com

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  29. I have one of Kate's tutorials, am hungry for more....

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  30. yhis book seems to cover so many techniques i'd like to learn. i'd love to win it so i'll have a chance!

    kat111153 @ hotmail. com

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  31. I love to learn more about metalworking.
    chirvasasma@yahoo.com

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  32. I have her Craftsy class but I find that I learn better by reading. Think that the two together would be perfect!

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  33. I follow your blog through BlogLovin as Shaiha

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  34. I follow your blog through email

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  35. Kate Richbourg is an excellent teacher! This looks like another great resource from her. I'd love to win it!
    marcelle.galluzzo@gmail.com

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  36. Kate effectively demonstrates different techniques and skills and how to incorporate them to make unique and beautiful jewelry anyone can make with practice.

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  37. Another excellent book to have on the bench. Thanks for the chance to win one :)

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  38. Kate Is a great teacher. I have one of her Craftsy video series. Love it! I also own the Simple Soldering book. If this book is as good it's bound to be a real winner. I would love a chance to win it.

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  39. hi Pearl - would love to win this book & do some of the designs - www.beadbugs.co.nz

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  40. What a great and informative looking book. Projects look very interesting. Thanks for for offering this giveaway.

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  41. Have been a chicken to start learning how to solder, rivet, etc.This book would be a blessing to have. Blog subscriber as well.
    Thanks.
    Marlene Strait
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  43. Looks like a great resource to have

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  44. Really interested in learning metalsmithing.. but too scared to buy supplies and start.. This book might just push me in the right direction.. Thanks for the chance.
    srisen2001@yahoo.co.in

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  45. Looks like a great resource. I would love to win this

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  46. Love this. Would love to win it. Just tweeted again.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/776195466786541568

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  47. I would love to win Thanks for the chance!
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  48. I'm an email subscriber
    sally0630@frontiernet.net
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    Sarah Scott Oswald
    pinterest.com/sally0630

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  49. Hi! I'm a blog follower
    queenebead@q.com

    I love learning about metal smithing. Being self taught, great books have been a life saver.

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  50. I've always wanted to learn metal smithing. Looks like this would be a great book to use! Thanks, Deborah.collyar@gmail.com

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  51. Wow! So many great ideas!! I'd love the chance to learn metalsmithing!!
    cstonefield6@gmail.com

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  52. I've done a little metal smithing with my wirework and would love to expand these skills with this book!

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  53. I've been to learn more metal smithing techniques and this book looks like the perfect way to do it!!

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  54. I love Kate Richbourg!
    I've enrolled two classes from Kate in Craftsy: Metalsmithing at Home and Micro Torch Basics. Very useful! I've tried to make some stone rings with metalsmithing technique I learnt which I think they turn out quite good. I would love to win this book to strengthen my basic in metalsmithing!

    P.S. I follow your blog and a subscriber. Pinned this article on my board! Thanks Pearl! ^^

    Cindy
    www.treecraftdiary.com
    treecraftdiary@gmail.com

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  55. Kate is an amazing teacher! It would be such an honor (and an extreme help) to receive this book as I would really benefit from learning about how to use my flex shaft to help with finishing work and about burs.

    Thank you for this wonderful chance at winning this awesome book!

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