I am so thrilled, I just got my copy of the new book Metal Style by author/artist Karen Dougherty (Interweave Press) and it is absolutely stunning!
The wonderful step-by-step projects are artistic, delightful and full of great cold metal techniques. Ok, yes, one of the projects is mine but the collection Karen put together is what makes this book so special. It is a also a quality book with an organized easy to navagate format.
Here's an exerpt from the Interweave website.
"Get up to speed with the hottest trend in metalwork and jewelry making--Cold Joins. The cold-connection techniques showcased in Metal Style are the perfect solution for those who love working with metal, but hate having to use a torch or kiln. Master Jewelry Designers Thomas Mann, Robert Dancik, Connie Fox, Tracey Stanley and others (others, that's me!) offer signature pieces, constructed using cold-joins. Accompanying each project are expert tips and advice for additional ideas and customizations. Metal style is full of inspiration and techniques for jewelry makers looking to ignite a creative spark in their metal jewelry without lighting a flame."
Free Spirit Brooch in Progress My project idea started early last year when Karen asked if I was interested in contributing to the book. YES! I started with a few sketches, developing a cold connected project with the turtle motif and incorporating some special mokume sheet. I made the copper/brass mokume in 2009 and was saving it for a special occasion. I spent several weeks working on the pin, taking photos along the way and writing instructions (thank goodness for editors). It was a challenge to get good photos and I had to go back for more shots after the piece was made. It was worth every effort though, they did such a wonderful job putting it all together.
Anyway, I am really happy to be part of this book and in the company of these talented metal artists. I hope you have a chance to see it. http://www.interweavestore.com/Jewelry/Books/Metal-Style.html
All the best!