Beginners’ Guide: How To Use Jump Rings

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Jump rings are a jewellery-making essential, allowing you to attach everything from chains to clasps, pendants to charms. Whether you want to make earrings, necklaces or bracelets, learning how to use jump rings will help you to create professionally finished pieces that are durable enough for everyday wear. In this guide, we’ll take you through everything from how to use … [Read more...]

How To Make A Cross Pendant With Art Clay Silver

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It’s hard to beat precious metal clay for its simplicity and ease of use. What’s more, the finished results can be striking, all of which makes it a very satisfying material to work with. Whether you’re trying this technique for the first time, or looking for some fresh inspiration, this cross pendant tutorial will show you how to use art clay silver to create a simple but … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Texturing Metal

A textured metal finish can be achieved in a variety of different ways and can take a number of days or a matter of minutes to obtain, depending on your technique of choice. Advances in materials and product development mean that it is now possible to achieve texture using a series of shortcuts, such as pre-textured plates and shaped hammers which were simply not available … [Read more...]

How To Make A Necklace Chain With Wire

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Want to find a unique look for your latest necklace designs? You can add an extra handmade touch to your pieces by learning how to make a necklace chain with wire. It’s really simple to do and will add a new look to your necklaces while helping you to develop your wire work skills for future projects. Here’s what you’ll need to get started: Wire (approx. 20 gauge) … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Setting Cubic Zirconia into Precious Metal Clay

By Jo Varney I recently wrote an article based on some experiments I completed, based around setting Swarovski Gemstones™ into PMC.  The results were mixed but essentially successful, however during my research I read much on the general consensus that CZs (Cubic Zirconia) are safe to set directly into precious metal clay, so I have now put this to the test. Read on for the … [Read more...]

How To Make Silicone Moulds For Polymer Clay

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Do you frequently use polymer clay in your jewellery making? And find that you’re a little tired of the moulds you re-use time and time again? For a fresh take on your polymer clay pieces, consider learning how to make your own silicone moulds for polymer clay pieces at home. This will give you a way of producing new, unique polymer clay pieces, and help you add a new skill to … [Read more...]

How To Use A Polishing Mop

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Using a polishing mop is a vital technique required by all jewellers who work primarily with precious metals, and it’s a technique that requires a lot of practice to master. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a seasoned jewellery maker looking for some extra tips, read our guide on how to use a polishing mop effectively. Once mastered you can polish and enhance the … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Silver Soldering

Successful soldering can be the key to a wealth of creative opportunity once mastered, and there are a range of different methods which can be used to create a strong join. Regardless of which particular technique you favour, the basics of good soldering remain the same, so here is a quick reference list for anyone new or unsure of where or how to begin. What is silver … [Read more...]

A Guide to Barrel Polishing

Barrel polishing is a great way of polishing multiple items at once whilst freeing up your time, allowing you to get on with something else which is always a bonus! Barrelling machines (regardless of size) consist of a container with a removable lid, which is filled with a mixture of steel shot and water plus a cleaning compound and then rotated on a motorised unit, to gently … [Read more...]

Setting Swarovski Gemstones™ into Precious Metal Clay

By Jo Varney N.B. – before I start I just want to mention that my constant companion throughout these experiments was ‘The Art of Metal Clay’ by Sherri Haab. There is a whole chapter on stone setting in this book, which was invaluable throughout. Setting stones into precious metal clay is not without its problems; a lot can go wrong and it’s very much a case of trial and … [Read more...]