Practical Jewelry-Making Techniques

cover art of Parctical Jewelry-Making TechniquesReleased in September by Firefly Books, Practical Jewelry-Making Techniques: Problem Solving written by Stephen O’Keeffe will give you a strong foundation in basic techniques. Stephen has been a craft and jewelry teacher for more than 20 years. With his teaching experience, Stephen has lots of jewelry-making-know-how to share.

Stephen says, “Most jewelry-making projects have a particularly difficult and often risky stage where disaster is likely to strike. The jewelry maker does not exist who has not at some stage melted his work at a crucial stage, or tangled his nearly finished work in a polishing machine. Being a teacher, rather than a craftsman, I have written this book as a guide informed by the many difficulties encountered–both my own and those of my students…The book is an attempt to show how the aspiring jewelry maker — not necessarily the beginner, but certainly the non-professional¬† — can make successful pieces…”

Filled with tips to make tasks more simple or less expensive, you’ll learn to make jigs from everyday items and other tools that will help solve problems in your jewelry making. Stephen shares what he’s learned to help you spot risks and avoid expensive mistakes in your work, too. The book has over 50 projects. Each has step-by-step instruction and will reinforce the skills needed for each technique.

Are ready to take your jewelry making to a new level? To enter for a chance to win this terrific book, simply leave a comment! The giveaway ends November 17. Sorry, the giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only.


  1. Kas says

    I took a weekend course with Stephen some years ago and his books and classes are excellent! Highly recommended, if you ask me.

  2. Donna says

    This is a great book for beginners I think – I’ve run into problems while trying to make jewelry which was why I gave up!

  3. Tanya Arndt says

    I’ve only just started tinkering with jewelry repair and would love to start making my own.

  4. Tammy Hempel says

    This book looks like one for me. I am just starting out working with wire and this book give me some answers to questions that have risen. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. Susie says

    I like books that takes you all the way thru the project. Sounds interesting. Please enter me in your give away. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  6. Lili says

    I would really love to win this book!! I been making my own jewelry for a while now and would love to learn new techniques and ways to make my stuff..

  7. Barbara says

    I’d LOVE to win this book! I do some wire work and have recently purchased my first torch and have taken my first soldering class…. have lots of projects swirling in my mind, and this book would be a great asset and hopefully help me with my learning curve! Looks great…. and thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  8. Rose Mary Flint says

    Sounds like a great book by someone who knows how to teach! I’d love to have a copy.

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