Hydraulic Die Forming for Jewelers and Metalsmiths was first published in 1993. Many things have changed since then in the world of die forming. The process has become very popular and is no longer considered a threat to traditional metalsmithing methods involving hammers. There are multiple press designs available for purchase and new sources for materials and equipment. A few accessory tools are no longer available, but there are hundreds of new ones that add more versatility to the press. (It's not within the scope of this book to review all the new tools.) Lists of jewelry and metalsmithing books, craft organizations, local guilds and other resources have all been updated.
In the 2016 Edition, the content and basic design of the book remains the same, offering practical advice on hydraulic equipment, basic information about the materials and processes, and step-by-step directions for making and using dies. The 5th Edition has larger photos, updated illustrations and an enlarged gallery section of work by successful artists.
Susan Kingsley is an independent studio artist and metalsmith who has taught numerous workshops in die forming throughout the United States and Canada. She earned a Liberal Arts degree from the College of Wooster and an MFA from The Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has been published and exhibited widely and is in private and museum collections.