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Making Metal Beads By Pauline Warg
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With this comprehensive guide, jewelers can craft 30 stunning one-of-a-kind beads in shimmering silver, copper and brass.Crafters will build a repertoire of skills, from surface embellishing to adding decorative elements.

An introduction provides metalwork basics, followed by design ideas and techniques. Transform commercial beads using simple stamping, chasing and dimpling. Use cold connections to produce riveted and woven beads. Create variations in the form by using patterned, textured or hammered sheet metal.

A gallery of handmade beads provides inspiration.

A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club.


About the Author

Pauline Warg is a metalsmith with 30 years experience. After completing her metalsmithing apprenticeship to Master Goldsmith Philip Morton she moved to Portsmouth, NH and opened her business: Warg Designs. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Southern Maine, Summa Cum Laude.

From 1983 to 1991 Ms. Warg designed lines of sterling silver tea accessories, specialty items for babies and children and tableware for Shreve, Crump and Low of Boston and the affiliates of their parent company Henry Birks and Sons, nationally.

Pauline’s work, be it jewelry or holloware, incorporates precious / non- precious metals, gems and enamel skillfully worked with great attention to detail using time honored silversmithing techniques.


Published by Lark Books


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Reviewer: J. Darr
01/10/2012 04:15pm
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I took this book to my advanced metal smithing class and it was an instant hit, nearly everyone thumbed through it and got some sort of inspiration. To be clear, nothing in this book is revolutionary. This books real strength was to show you how to combine familiar techniques and then showing you how to apply those techniques to fabricate metal beads.

Overall this is a very nice book, very well organized, good illustrations. I especially enjoyed the section that demonstrated how to take "blank" silver beads at the bead shop then modify them to suit your purposes. I think that illustrates the overall theme of this book, taking something easy, and then using it in a different way.

I know creating metal beads seems sort of "niche-y" but sometimes creating a chain isn't the right answer, and it's hard to find something that matches your work at a bead store. For that reason alone I would recommend buying this book--you never know when you might need it.
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