Publisher synopsis: This greatly expanded version of Tim's Metalsmithing for Students is an essential reference book for anyone working with metals be they a jeweller or a metalsmith. It covers subjects ranging from metals, tools and surface textures (such a enamelling, patinas, etc.) to shaping, joining, casting, stones and stonesetting, and mechanisms such as findings and hinges. The book is filled with step-by-step sequences, line diagrams and drawings, safety notes and handy tips. All in all, this is a comprehensive reference tool that should be a must for anyone working in the metalworking field.