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Hot & Cold Jewelry Connections
How to Make Jewelry With and Without a Torch
Kieu Pham Gray

Kalmbach Books
November 19, 2013
ISBN 162700050X
How To / Jewelry

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


I love making and repairing jewelry, and have always wanted to try making my own design using metal. I’ve succeeded with wire wrap, but I’m nervous about using a torch. Now I’ve finally found a book that has whet my appetite to actually try that method.

The author, Kieu Pham Gray, provides wonderful and in-depth information on the basics of materials, tools and techniques; the latter of which was of most interest to me. She lists the tools that are needed immediately and those which can be purchased over time. There are excellent sections on cutting and piercing metal, working with rivets and stamping metal, and more advanced techniques. Each of these sections have detailed instructions and photos, along with tips to make construction easier.

The projects listed are no less than stunning and creative, and will augment any artist’s creativity. What I love most about this resource book is that Ms. Gray provides two technique versions for each project: cold-connection (no torch needed) and hot (soldered), so a reader can see the differences and determine which technique best suits his/her taste and style. Those that fit mine are the elegant "Pearl of Wisdom" and the "Harnessed" pendants. I'm sure you’ll find your favorites as well.

This is a wonderful resource for stirring up your creative ideas and for learning new techniques. It’s one of my favorite new additions to my library.



Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2014