MJSA Press’s latest title, Jewelry Metals: A Guide to Working with Common Alloys, recently earned a bronze medal in the Book/Manual/Catalogue category of the Association TRENDS 2015 All-Media Contest. The contest, held annually to recognize the most creative and effective communications developed by associations over the prior year, received 400 entries in 22 categories.
Published in March 2015, the 150-page Jewelry Metals offers practical, expert insights into all aspects of working with precious and non-precious jewelry metals. It includes advice for easier casting and bench work, tips for managing scrap metal, international marking and stamping regulations, and illustrated step-by-step instruction on a range of metalworking techniques, including mokumé gane, granulation, chasing, and anticlastic forming. Jim Binnion, a recognized master of mokumé gane and owner of James Binnion Metal Arts in Bellingham, Washington, served as technical editor.
"At a time when inaccurate metalsmithing information can spread faster than you can blink, Jewelry Metals is a breath of fresh air," said Annie Pennington in a review published in Art Jewelry magazine. "Tech-edited by master metalsmith James Binnion, you can rely on the information held within the book’s pages... This is the technical jewelry-metals reference book your studio has been longing for."
Jewelry Metals is available from the MJSA Bookstore as well as leading distributors for $34.95. (MJSA members can order from the association at a special member rate of $29.50.) For more information, e-mail MJSA or call 1-800-444-MJSA (6572).