There are so many ways to connect metal components for jewelry making without the use of a torch. Learning these popular cold connection techniques such as wire wrapping, riveting, stamping and forging will definitely lead to the creation of unique designs.  They aren't hard to learn and do but some will require some practice to be proficient.

The latest book I received from Interweave for review really showcases how beautiful and outstanding jewelry can be.  Exploring Metal Jewelry  is by Tracy Stanley, who calls herself a "low-tech" metalworker. She said, "I prefer to rivet or wire my pieces - no flame (other than making  amazing head pins) and no glues."  Anyone who is leery of using the torch can certainly purchase balled head pins instead of making them.

Her layered jewelry pieces with oodles of texture certainly inspire! The 18 design projects are all copper based. The dark patina not only add timeless elegance but also allow those whose skin tones do not usually go well with bright copper to wear these kind of designs.

Just under half the book is devoted to tools and techniques, making it a suitable reference for beginners and intermediate metal workers. Many of the tools are basic ones.  For instance, the author suggests just the basic hand wire coiling around any mandrel although you could use all kinds of tools to make the task quicker.

She only covered the use of a jewelry saw or a tube holder for cutting copper tubes.  Tube cutters (from the plumbing department) are much easier to use!

I particularly liked her section on the use of common scrapbooking embossing plates for textures. Copper is a soft metal and will texture easily.

Her ring designs were excellent examples of how you can make beautiful rings without having to anneal or solder.

One of my favorite designs was her gorgeous Over the Top copper bail (shown below) which involves the riveting of textured copper strips with metal daisy rondelles.

She also combines wire work with riveting in a number of designs - why stop at one connection technique? The book cover shows an amazing beach themed pendant design.

This outstanding and inspirational instructional book is not just for copper lovers!  The author's clear and well illustrated instructions covers the techniques without being overwhelming. A good deal for learning several techniques in one book.

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