Digital Antique Metalsmithing eBooks

Jewelry History Brought Alive

Over the last three decades we have acquired over 40 rare historical Metalsmithing books that we are making available to jewelers, goldsmiths and the metalsmithing community.

These books cover special techniques in depth like chasing, repousse, engraving, niello making, Japanese chiseling, soldering, construction, patination and metal coloring, silversmithing and more. There are many recipes for alloys and metal surface treatments.

For the first time in history, these ancient metal tricks and recipes will be made available to the contemporary community of curious artists and metalsmiths. This information will allow the reader to apply the simple and ingenious procedures used by the jewelers of the past, long dead masters of the art of metalsmithing. Many of the tricks and recipes described will save the maker money, as older approaches can sometimes replace modern tools.

43 complete rare antique metalsmithing books have been scanned and published as searchable PDFs. These books are technical marvels, full of forgotten information no longer available. They date from 1871 to 1926 with over 5,000 pages crammed with detail.

This collection brings jewelry history alive, gives voice again to forgotten authors, their opinions and technical secrets. There are literally thousands of recipes, alloys and processes described in the books, as well as books on gemology and silversmithing masterpieces. Each book has a full review and description written by Charles Lewton-Brain available on the Ganoksin site. There are more books that will be added.

These books cover special techniques in depth like chasing, repousee, engraving, niello making, Japanese chiseling, soldering, construction, patination, metal coloring, silversmithing and more. Many of the tricks and recipes described will save the maker money, as older approaches can sometimes replace modern tools.

Unlike most ebooks the Ganoksin pdf is a full digital book of searchable text and images, with easy access through an interactive table of contents. Most images are scanned at high resolution and then embedded in the text allowing them to be magnified and stay readable.

We invite you to own the entire collection of manuscripts, and benefit from the ancient wisdom that we are presenting, while supporting the Ganoksin Project.

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