How To Seal Polymer Clay

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New to polymer clay? You may be wondering about putting the finishing touches to your polymer clay creations. Do you need to seal it once it’s been baked? What do you use to glaze polymer clay? Should you use resin? Or a specific polymer clay sealant? Read our guide below on how to seal polymer clay and gain valuable insight into the dos and don’ts of sealing polymer clay … [Read more...]

Do You Need To Hallmark Your Jewellery?

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Are you a budding silversmith and need advice on how to hallmark your pieces correctly? This blog will give you a full breakdown of what is required and how to go about getting your pieces hallmarked before sale. With answers to some of the most common questions we get from start-up jewellery businesses, you’ll be ready to send your latest pieces to your nearest Assay Office … [Read more...]

How To Store Polymer Clay Properly

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As a jewellery maker and crafter you’ll know that there’s nothing worse than your supplies and materials going to waste. And if you work primarily with polymer clay then you’ll know that making the most of your stock is vital to getting a good return on all your hard work. That’s why we’ve put together some hints and tips on how to store polymer clay properly. It may sound … [Read more...]

Step By Step Guide: How To Make Beaded Bracelets

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Want to learn more about the art of beading? And how to start making your own beaded jewellery? Use our step by step guide below on how to make beaded bracelets. Our simple beaded bracelets video tutorial will help you discover what basic tools you’ll need and how to bead to a high standard. What You’ll Need 0.5mm silver wire 5mm heavy jump rings Sterling … [Read more...]

Top Jewellery Making Pliers For Beginners & How To Use Them

As a beginner jewellery maker you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tools and supplies available to you. Where do you start? And do you really need it all? Before you find your signature jewellery making style and the materials you like to use the most, you may only want to invest in a few vital jewellery tools that will be indispensable, no matter which area of … [Read more...]

How To Make Personalised Silver Bangles With Metal Stamping Techniques

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Have you tried your hand at metal stamping? Personalised bangles are a great way to improve on your metal stamping techniques. With just a few tools and tricks you’ll be able to produce a professional piece of personalised stamped jewellery that could be the start of a new way of producing and customising your jewellery pieces. Read our step by step guide below, stock up on … [Read more...]

Top Jewellery Making Courses & How To Expand On Your Skills

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Are you a seasonal crafter? Or are you a small, jewellery business looking to expand on your current skill set? Wherever you are in your jewellery making career, investing in yourself is an excellent way of ensuring your jewellery making skills develop, whether it’s simply for some me time or you want to make waves in a new area of your business. Whatever the reason, signing … [Read more...]

Glossary Of Jewellery Polishing Terms

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New to jewellery polishing? Want to learn more about the technical jargon that comes along with the jewellery manufacturing process? Use our glossary of polishing terms to get to grips with all the tools and terms related to the polishing process. Polishing The entire jewellery polishing process removes small amounts of the metal’s surface, leaving behind a smooth finish that … [Read more...]

A Guide to Strip Soldering

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Strip soldering, or stick feed soldering, is a great technique for pieces which require either a large amount of solder or a lengthy solder join. It can also be useful in areas that pallions of solder would be otherwise difficult to position. It involves a direct feed of solder which is drawn along a seam using heat, thus creating a very neat join. Strip soldering is often … [Read more...]

Chain Guide For Beginners

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A Beginner’s Guide To Different Types of Chain If you’re planning on including chain in your jewellery designs, you may want to understand the different types and style options that are available to you. Our handy guide to chain will help you understand all the options available to you, so you can choose a chain that complements your jewellery designs. To supplement … [Read more...]