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“Colour and Textures in Jewellery” by Bekkie Ora Cheeseman and Nina Gilbey, published by Crowood Press in May 2019.
The book explores how colour and texture can be used in the process of designing and making jewellery, enhancing an idea, adding beauty or significance to a piece using basic jewellery making tools, household products and simple setups.
As well as shape, form and tone, colours and textures have a strong impact on our senses and are therefore an integral part of design.
“Colour and textures in Jewellery” is a collaboration between two professional designer/makers and teachers of jewellery. Bekkie and Nina have produced a timeless technical coffee table book for your everyday use. The authors’ aim was to write a book that is accessible and usable at every stage of making from the beginner to the professional maker as well as anyone who is interested in how colour and texture are introduced to a piece of jewellery.
The book has 750 colour images of processes and finished pieces, truly a feast for the eyes.
The authors understand that people are often put off by attempting new techniques or processes because they sometimes seem impossible to a beginner. Set up costs are high, techniques seem too complex and chemicals are difficult to come by or dangerous to use. They have simplified processes to encourage experimentation.
This book shows that you can achieve some very effective results simply.
For example, in the etching section, traditional methods are described, like using nitric acid. Alternative methods are introduced including electro etching using salt water and copper nitrate which may be more economical, ecological, fun and safer to use in your professional studio or even your home.
For patination they have described how to use household chemicals like ammonia, salt, lemon or chilli sauce, and substances that would be available in a jewellery workshop like Borax and Auroflux to achieve colour on metal without the need of ordering chemicals that can be difficult to store.
In enamelling both torch and kiln fired methods are explained. The glass section shows the readers how to use a regular microwave with a container that acts like a kiln for small scale fusing. Chapters include embossed textures, textures created by removing metals, textures created by heat, combined metals, chemical colouring, enamelling, mixed media, mould making, and colour theory.
This is a book that will turn readers into makers and encourage you to have fun exploring different techniques.