Book Review: Bench Tips for Jewelry Making

I have had the great fortune of “meeting” and “knowing” some amazing people in the jewelry field. I love the internet. I have been able to learn from some of the greatest of the great. It has been an interesting process as I have made my own journey in learning to be artistic and creative. My beginnings were slightly different than most as I never really did consider myself creative. I tried, but was never able to really be what I would call successful. You know all those pictures you see of Pinterest Fails? Well, I usually fall into that category. HAHAHA It wasn’t until a few years ago that I discovered I could make jewelry, and even better than that, I could actually do it pretty well. It was a surprise to everyone! No, Seriously!

As many of you may have already experienced, there are people who won’t share a thing about their process of creating. And then there are people like me, who have no problem sharing pretty much everything. It is thanks to people like this that I have been able to learn what I have. Brad Smith, is also one such person. In addition to being a bench jeweler and lapidary artist, he has been teaching jewelry making for 17 years. Of course, in 17 years of experience, you can expect to learn a thing or two and he has no problem sharing what he has learned. He has a page on Facebook called Bench Tips where he constantly shares some of the helpful little tips he gives to his students.

With so many tips amassed, he decided it might make a good book. And you know what? It does make a good little book.  Not all of the tips are new, especially if you have been following my blog for a while. But there were quite a few that made me go, “huh, why did I never think of that?”

Not only does it have little tips to make your job or project easier, he also includes resources to where you might be able to purchase things like patina solutions, specialty materials or tools and other items not commonly found.

This book is a SUPER easy read and is a great reference book to keep near your bench. It is laid out nicely and has a great number of photos that go along with the items he is discussing.

Want to take a look at a sample? Just click on the link below to open a PDF with a few pages of the book.

Bench Tips for Jewelry Making Sample Chapters

So where can you purchase this book? Well, I happen to have 4 copies currently in stock with a few more on order that should be here in a couple of weeks. Just visit Kelsi’s Closet Jewelbox to get your own copy.

In Other News

Thanks so much to my blog readers and Facebook friends, I have reached over 1,500 subscribers on my YouTube page and well over a quarter million views. WOW! So to celebrate, I am going to hold a give away. I will be posting more about that next week. So be sure to watch for it. In the meantime, why not visit some of my past Tool Time Tuesday posts. If you are new, you will find a wealth of information, tips and even tutorials. Be sure to subscribe my YouTube channel if you haven’t already. There are nearly 50 videos currently posted and more to come in short order.

Thank you again for all your support.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Bench Tips for Jewelry Making

  1. Chris Kerr

    I love the explanations of these polishing items and I’m always blown away by your graciousness! You not only have stuff in your shop, but you even include other places to get these. Cheerfully, thoughtfully~~did you know that you ROCK in the world of Kind People?? Bless you friend~

  2. Melissa Muir

    What nice things to say Chris. Thank you so much. I am so glad to help others in this industry. They help me out and it is fun to help them in turn. Thanks again for such great warm fuzzies to start my day.  


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