There are so many skills involved in making wooden jewelry……turning to carving, gilding to laminating and much more besides.
This cornacopia of skills makes it difficult to know where to start.
If you are a complete beginner then it is probably a good idea to pop down to the local library and absorb yourself in whatever style of jewelry excites you.
This article suggests 10 books which encompass many of the skills you should be acquainted with. You will find them all at Amazon Books.
1. Creating Wooden Jewelry by Sarah King
Introduces you to many useful techniques whilst describing 24 projects.
A wide variety of detailed lessons and fourteen step-by-step projects to make bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pins, cuff links and rings. Learn how to shape, connect and treat wood, as well as other processes like electroforming and ebonizing.
2. Art Of Making Fine Wood Jewellery by Tony Lygate
Overview of the designs of 24 contemporary artisans. You will find instructions and exploded diagrams, which enable you to make fine wooden jewellery.
3. The Art Of Wood Jewelry by Terry Taylor
Assortment of wood necklaces, bangles and earrings. Examples of projects in different stages. Covers sawing, sanding, drilling, carving and pyrography.
4. Jewellery From Natural Materials by Beth Legg
This book not only shows you how to make wooden jewellery but also gives you the opportunity to widen your range using natural materials.
5. Woodturning Jewellery by Hilary Bowen
Introduction to the fascinating craft of turning jewellery from wood. 12 step by step projects showing you how to make necklaces, earrings, bangles, brooches and rings. Includes techniques such as wire inlaying, scorch rings, gold leaf and carving.
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6. Making Wood Jewelry by Thomas Freese
7. Get Ready To Burn by Simon Easton
Learning pyrography is a valuable asset for a jeweller working with wood. After providing a basic background on the tools required, the author describes how to make a wide range of small items using pyrography.
8. Jewellery Structured In Wood by Liv Blavarp
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9. Turning Wooden Jewelry by Judy Ditmer
Judy describes how to make beautiful wooden jewelry using a lathe. She turns tiny ‘bowls’ from a variety of woods. They are finished and assembled with findings, wires and beads of silver and glass.