4 Essential Jewelry Mechanisms: Hinges, Hooks, and More

I'm passionate about craftsmanship, old-school metalsmithing techniques, old-world tools and knowhow. I don't always practice them, of course, and I'm not trained in all of them, by any means–but I have tremendous respect and admiration for them. So when I see a modern product with an old-school soul, it makes me happy.

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That's how I felt reading The Jewelry Maker's Field Guide: Tools and Essential Techniques by Helen I. Driggs. It not only covers all the basics of metal craft and tools, but it's a great blend of modern techniques and artisan traditions. I found skills, techniques, and terminology in this book that I wasn't even familiar with before.

Read on for a great excerpt from The Jewelry Maker's Field Guide about our essential mechanisms and attachments–hinges, slot-and-tab, hook-and-loop, and ball-and-socket attachments, clasps, and closures–those very hard-working, essential, and often ignored or underappreciated elements of metal jewelry making. The Jewelry Maker's Field Guide is one of my favorite books that we've published in my nearly four years at Interweave, and now for a very limited time you can get the eBook for only $9! What a deal!

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Don't miss your chance to get more expert instruction from master metalsmith Helen Driggs. Her lessons are presented in 12 "building blocks" that are supported by several dozen related demos and project tutorials that help you master one technique and/or tool before moving on to the next, building your skill level and your confidence as you go. After that, Helen provides in-depth projects to help you put it all together in artisan-quality, finished metal jewelry designs. You won't be disappointed, whether you're brand-new to metalsmithing or have a few years of experience notched on your bench pin!

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