Making Metal Beads: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration
Description: With this comprehensive skill-building guide at hand, jewelers of all levels can craft 30 stunning one-of-a-kind beads in shimmering silver, copper, brass, and other metals. An introduction to metalworking provides the basics, followed by creative design ideas and techniques specific to metal beadwork. Transform commercial beads using simple stamping, chasing, and dimpling. Use cold connections to produce riveted and woven beads from sheet and wire. Roll a simple Crescent Roll Bead, and create variations in the form by using patterned, textured, or hammered sheet metal. Crafters will build a repertoire of skills as they progress, and learn numerous ways to embellish the bead's surface and add decorative elements. An extensive gallery of handmade beads provides a wealth of inspiration."A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club."
When sawing through sheet metal, always keep your eyes focused slightly ahead of your saw blade. By looking several millimeters ahead, you will have less of a tendency to make "choppy" corrections when your cut strays. Just like driving a car, you want to pay attention to what's in front of you, instead of what is directly below you at that moment. The result? Smoother curves, straighter lines, and less filing / finishing.