Technical Editor: James Binnion
This practical guide from MJSA Press offers expert insights into all aspects of working with precious and non-precious jewelry metals. Have the characteristics of common alloys always at hand, plus 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. The book to help you make the most of your metals.
Winner, 2016 Silver Excel Award for Technical Books,
Association Media & Publishing
Winner, 2015 Association TRENDS All-Media Contest,
Bronze Ribbon for Book/Manual/Catalogue.
—Annie Pennington, Art Jewelry magazine
MJSA Member Price: $29.50.
• General characteristics of common alloying metals.
• Insights into casting gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, including issues with gas porosity, fluidity, shrinkage porosity, and quenching.
• Guidelines for fabricating jewelry from the four precious metals, including issues with malleability and ductility, annealing, hot and cold joining, setting, and finishing.
• How to best work with common non-precious jewelry metals: aluminum, brass, bronze, cobalt-chrome, copper, niobium, stainless steel, and titanium.
• Step-by-step demonstrations of the following metals techniques: anodizing, anticlastic forming, chasing and repoussé, granulation, keum-boo, mokumé gane, and silver oxidation.
• How to best collect waste metal and maximize refining returns.
• Federal Trade Commission guidelines for marking, stamping, promoting alloys, and an overview of legal regulations addressing the use of lead, cadmium, and nickel in jewelry.
Jim Binnion, a recognized master of mokumé gane, is the owner of James Binnion Metal Arts in Bellingham, Washington. His expertise in metal arts and metallurgy has been demonstrated not just in the jewelry he crafts, but also in the numerious technical articles and papers he has authored. He has written articles for MJSA Journal and Platinum Guild International, and contributed the chapter on “Electric Kiln Fired Mokumé Gane” to Mokumé Gane: A Comprehensive Study by Steve Midgett (Earthshine Press, 2000). He has also been a frequent presenter at the renowned Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology, where he has won the Collaborative Research Award several times, as well as the Industry Leader Award for “significant contribution by a manufacturer in sharing quality technical information.”