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Bead Meets Metal
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Come take the journey with Kay as she shows you how to begin adding soldering, dapping, sawing, and other skills from the metalsmith’s repertoire into your beading. Kay’s projects will also show beginner metalworkers how to incorporate the rich, colorful, sumptuous look that semiprecious beads bring to metal jewelry. These necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and pendants present such a complete range of techniques, all fully and beautifully illustrated with step-by-step photos. You’ll be amazed at the eye candy you can create!
96 pages • 350 color photos
Price: $21.95
Product Number: 64407
ISBN: 9780871164407
Carton Quantity: 48
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Kay is a scientist in the Biotech industry by day and a jewelry artist and instructor by night. Kay loves helping people realize their potential and be creative every day. Kay has been creating jewelry for 25 years. She works primarily in sterling silver and semi precious gemstones. Her work has been featured on the cover of Art Jewelry Magazine in September 2011. To learn more about Kay and her designs go to , and you can also find her on facebook: Kay Rashka Jewelry Page. Before you get to all the brilliant projects in this book Kay covers: Materials used, Work space safety, and Fabrication tools and techniques such as: sawing, filing, drilling, forming and forging, hands on texturing, finishing, forming spirals, making earring wires, antiquing , etching, tube riveting, making jump rings, torchwork, balling wire, annealing, and soldering. Then the fun and very creative projects begin. There are 16 projects for you to pick from. I was totally and completely blown away by the wealth of information and things Kay takes the time to teach us all before she even starts the projects. The step by step written instructions covers every single detail. To top that off the written instructions are accompanied by pictures of the different steps. I have been making Jewelry for 13 years now. But I have yet to solder or saw metal or etch metal. This book has inspired me to try all the things I have yet to do. This book has given me the confidence to go for it. Thank you Kay and Kalmbach for writing and publishing this book. I am so thrilled to have this book. I have learned so much from just reading it my brain was like a sponge absorbing all the information. I can't wait to start on the projects and expand my jewelry designs. You will see what I mean when you pick up your own copy of this book.

-Jacqueline Marchant,

Metal work is not for beginners but somewhere along our jewelry making journeys, there comes a point where it becomes useful to know at least some of the basics. Who knows? That initial foray in this branch of the craft might become a life long passion. But where to start?

If opportunities to sign up with a local metal working class are limited, then consider the new book by Kay Rashka called Bead Meets Metal. I received this book for review. The focus of the book is the use of beads in metal work. But what I found especially useful are the well planned simple lessons which introduce the reader to key techniques.

There aren't as many projects like many books - just 16. But that is well compensated by the large tool and technique section which comprise approximately 40% of the book. The author extensively covers sawing, filing, drilling, forming and forging, texturing, finishing, forming spirals, making earring wires, oxidation with liver of sulfur for antiquing metal, etching, tube riveting, making jump rings and torch work.

She advocates the use of hand held butane burners - start with a micro torch (like those used for crème brûlée ) which will work with smaller projects and progress to a larger one if the technique is going to used often. Many are wary of using the torch but there are so many things one could do with a torch like balling wire ends for nifty head pins, annealing to soften metal and make it more pliable as well as soldering.

The first project for simple pearl drop earrings is an excellent example of how the author teaches metal work in baby steps. One can make this design with bought balled headpins. However, she shows how one rolls the wire between 2 metal blocks to straighten it, use a torch to ball the ends, drill the pearls to enlarge the holes, forge the ear wire portion, hammer and file to finish.

Another early lesson is the lovely kimono earrings which teaches one how to saw, file and finish the edges. The texturing was done with the peen end of a hammer, line stamps and some dull center punches and then antiqued.

A number of the projects included soldering. The Soldered Link necklace though would give the most practice in this technique!

One of my favorite projects from the book was the spinner ring one. The ring band started out as a simple shape which was etched on the flat. The tube riveting might be a tad tricky to see with a small project like this. So the author also included how to use very large riveting tubes on some river stones.

The Beaded Toggle bracelet project was also inspirational. It did include soldering rings to the bar part but it could be adapted into a non-soldered project if one could only manage the sawing and part.

This is great book for those who are starting down the metal work path but who need very clear lesson plans to follow.

-Pearl Blay, The Beading Gem's Journal

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