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It would seem that, regardless of what kind of artist you are, being an artist also means having to pretty much have your own personal library. This is certainly true of the jewelry arts, and, as there are a lot of really great books out there for jewelry technique books out there, I thought I might highlight just a few of my favorites.

The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques by Anastasia Young

The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques by Anastasia Young:

I absolutely love this jewelry technique book! It covers pretty much everything you need/want to know about jewelry making. It not only has a ton of great information on supplies, materials, and techniques, but also about designing, photographing, and even information about pricing/selling.

Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers: A Handbook of Techniques and Surface Treatments by Elizabeth Bone

Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers: A Handbook of Techniques and Surface Treatments by Elizabeth Bone:

This is another great jewelry technique book! From basic techniques like annealing, soldering, casting, cold connections, etc. to surface treatments (colouring, reticulation, etching, chasing/repoussé, etc.) to more specialized techniques such as granulation, filigree, and stone setting.

Jewelry: Concepts and Technology by Oppi Untracht

Jewelry: Concepts and Technology by Oppi Untracht:

Sadly, I must admit to not yet owning a copy of this, however, I have borrowed it via the inter-library loan system and fully intend to add it to my reference library as soon as possible. You couldn’t ask for a more comprehensive book on jewelry techniques, materials, and concepts! It is quite possibly one of the best jewelry technique books out there.

Making Silver Chains: Simple Techniques, Beautiful Designs - Glen Waszek

Making Silver Chains: Simple Techniques, Beautiful Designs by Glen Waszek:

Great step-by-step instructions for basic chain soldering. Includes many of the classic chain designs.

Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing by Tim McCreight

Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing by Tim McCreight:

Another one that is not, yet, in my own collection of jewelry technique books, but one day it will be! Tim McCreight has written a lot of great metalsmithing books and any of them would make great additions to a jewelers reference library.

Jewelry Lab: 52 Experiments, Investigations, and Explorations in Metal by Melissa Manley

Jewelry Lab: 52 Experiments, Investigations, and Explorations in Metal by Melissa Manley:

This is a really fun book! Great source for new ideas of techniques and surface treatments to try with your own jewelry work.

Again, this is just a short list of the many, many great jewelry technique books that are available out there and there are more coming out all the time.

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