Jewelry Gem Cutting and Metalcraft

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Read Books, 2008 - Crafts & Hobbies - 304 pages
Jewelry Gem Cutting, and Metalcraft REVISED EDITION by WILLIAM T. BAXTER. Originally published in 1938. Preface to the Second Edition: the publication, in 1938, of the first edition of Jewelry, Gem Cutting, and Metal craft there has been an ever growing interest in the fascinating hobby of gem cutting and mounting stones in handwrought jewelry. Gem cutting has in recent years been introduced into many schools in connection with jewelry making and art metalwork. In this revised edition the section devoted to gem cutting has been increased by 48 pages, with 31 new illustrations. Additional information, with illustrations, is given on the making of diamondcharged disks used for sectioning gem material and on tube drilling. The use of abrasives in lapidary technique and of flat laps is fully discussed. In the jewelry section 23 new illustrations are used, which include 61 new pieces of handmade jewelry, bringing the total number of pieces of jewelry shown to 146. ... WILLIAM T. BAXTER. Preface to the First Edition: THIS book is written primarily for the student and home craftsman who is interested in metalcraft, jewelry making, and gem cutting. It is based upon methods used by the author in teaching high school students. The photographs of the various objects illustrated are of student work, with the exception of those show ing the work of Mr. Mardirosian, a professional of New York City. Many of the pieces of jewelry shown are the work of beginners boys and girls who in many instances had been working at the art only a short time. Their work is used for illustrative purposes so that others interested in the work can see what high school students, amateurs, have accomplished. Photographs of a number of the pieces of jewelry have appeared in the Home Workshop Department of the Popular Science Monthly, illustrating articles on jewelry making. A list of firms dealing in various kinds of equipment and supplies that are needed in the different types of work is given on pages 275 to 278 to help those who do not know where to secure their material.

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