Etched Copper Neckpiece from the book Heat, Color, Set & Fire from Mary Hettmansperger

Heat, Color, Set & Fire: Surface Effects for Metal Jewelry is the brand new book from jeweler and teacher Mary Hettmansperger, known far and wide as Mary Hetts. The book has been dancing atop the jewelry book bestseller lists since it released from our warehouse a month ago, but it’s officially an April publication. (That’s just how publishing works; believe me, don’t try to make sense of it.)

In the book, Mary teaches readers how to add color and texture to metal jewelry using a wide variety of low-tech approaches, including patinas, enameling, keum boo, copper etching, fusing, weaving, texturing with tools, and more. Twenty-one projects bring to life Mary’s approach to jewelry and design.

To get a sense of some of the contents, we’re posting a second project PDF from the book: Click here to download a PDF of the Etched Copper Neckpiece.

Here’s the earlier content we’ve already posted, too:

Click here to get a PDF of the Liquid Enamel Necklace project and to see a few project designs from the book in that earlier blog post. You also can read an interview with Mary Hetts from a little while back with photos of some of her beautiful work.

Mary lives in Peru, Indiana, and she teaches classes across the United States. She’s also one of Lark Jewelry & Beading‘s most popular authors, with more than 65,000 books in print with her fabulous library of teachings for jewelers: Fabulous Woven Jewelry (2006), Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet (2008), Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop (2010), and now the brand new 2012 book Heat, Color, Set & Fire.

We hope you love the new book — and all of Mary’s offerings.


5 Responses

    Pam Timm says:

    Thanks for making pdfs available from the artists.  Very informative.

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    joan cutler says:

    I am finding diverse instructions for etching on copper. In Mary Hettsmansperger’s instructions for the necklaces in her new book, she makes it sound like a simple process. I had the idea that one could simply write or design on copper with (for example) magic marker, and then dip the copper in a plastic container from a suspension made of tape. Could someone clarify this for me? Joan

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

    I do believe all the concepts you’ve offered on your post. They are really convincing and can definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for beginners. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thank you for the post.

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