The bulk of this handbook is step-by-step case studies, comprehensively explained and illustrated with photographs. Each chapter demonstrates and guides the reader through procedures for making a bangle or bracelet using a particular technique, approach or skill. Topics covered include: wax-work (casting), chain making, wire work, found objects, piercing, stone-setting. Designed to appeal to both beginners and practising jewellers, there is an introductory chapter on basic techniques, covering the fundamentals of jewellery-making, complete with detailed explanations and photographs. Each chapter includes a generous garnish of relevant 'tips and tricks' - useful hints from the author and other experienced jewellers.
Amanda Doughty's work is made primarily in silver, gold and platinum, using diamonds and semi-precious stones. She combines simple, bold, geometric elements, subtly contrasting the colours of the metals with complementing semi-matt, brushed and shiny finishes. Her range includes necklaces, bracelets, and rings with moving elements; sets of rings, brooches, earrings and cufflinks. She also works extensively to commission. In 2001 she began teaching, later becoming the Jewellery Co-ordinator at City Lit, London. She lives in Hove.