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...]

Technique Focus: Metal Stamping

Metal stamping is the process of striking metal, using a shaped former or cutter to make an impression and a hammer to create the force. It can be done by hand or machine, but for our purposes in this blog post, we will be talking about the hand process. Stamping is a great way of adding pattern and texture to metal in a short space of time, and can be achieved very simply … [Read more...]

How To Torch Fire Enamel

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Teaching yourself how to torch fire enamel? Don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it may seem. Although it can be an intimidating project at first glance, torch enamelling is a simple way of creating varied finishes that will stand out, and help you to refine your torch firing techniques. Use our step–by-step-guide below on how to torch fire enamel, and you’ll be creating … [Read more...]

How To Get Your Jewellery Into Stores

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Sell Handmade Jewellery: Selling to Retailers Selling jewellery for your own business is one thing, but selling jewellery to retailers and stores is a whole new process. Ideally, you would like to sell your jewellery to stores to boost your publicity and gain profit – but how do you do this? Selling products to retailers can be handled professionally, and with great success – … [Read more...]

A History of Jewellery

Jewellery has always been a part of our culture, and through time, has been produced from various kinds of materials. Journey with us through different eras to see jewellery history evolve from the early modern era right up to the 21st century – perhaps a brief history of jewellery may inspire some creative designs for your own jewellery making projects. Early Jewellery … [Read more...]

Jewellery Finishing Techniques and Tools For Beginners

Jewellery Finishing Techniques and Tools For Beginners

In our final installment of this beginner jewellery making tools series of blogs, we walk you through the tools of the trade you’ll need to refine and finish your latest precious metal projects. There’s nothing quite like coming to the end of a long jewellery making project and reaching that rewarding stage of finishing the piece for a professional look and high shine. As a … [Read more...]

Tips and Tools For Sawing Sheet Metal

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Build out your workbench step by step… In this series of blogs for beginner jewellers, we’ve been helping you piece together the tools you need to be fully equipped to become a professional. From basic workbench essentials to filing tools and polishing techniques, we hope you find this latest instalment useful – it’s all about cutting sheet metal and using a jeweller’s saw … [Read more...]