Lisa Niven Kelly is the founder of Beaducation.com, a wonderful website for jewellery supplies and online step-by-step video jewellery-making classes.
I've seen her work featured in several magazines - Bead & Button, Step-by-Step Wire, Beadwork and Art Jewelry, so when I decided to try my hand at stamped metal jewellery her new book was the obvious choice.
With sections covering materials and tools, basic metalsmithing techniques and getting started stamping, this book is a very good starting point. A 33 minute instructional DVD is included with the book showing the techniques covered. Learning how to rivet is now my new favourite technique!
There are 19 projects in the book with instructions on how to make a variety of stamped pendants, rings and bracelets, including designs by jewellery makers such as Janice Berkebile, Tracy Stanley and Connie Fox.
The book also includes a resources section covering basic wirework techniques and a supplies source.
Whether you just want to produce beautiful personalised stamped jewellery or fancy letting your imagination run wild with your own unique designs, I would recommend "Stamped Metal Jewelry" as a starting point for learning this cool jewellery-making technique.
Stamp photo courtesy of Beaducation.com