How To Etch Copper In 8 Simple Steps

copper sheet ready for etching

Etching copper doesn’t have to be a complex process with the right tools and supplies to hand. With a few simple safety guidelines and some expert advice, you can create copper etched jewellery pieces that are truly unique and professionally finished. Remember, if you can draw up your own design, use a pre-stamped design, or take inspiration from other patterns and prints, you … [Read more...]

How To Use Beading Tools

a set of crimping pliers

Beading is a form of jewellery making that enables beginners to take their first step into jewellery production. With so many beads in varying shapes, styles and sizes, the possibilities are endless. If you’re just starting out when it comes to using basic beading tools, this guide will help you get to know each tool in detail and how to use beading tools to speed up your … [Read more...]

How To Use a Ring Stretcher Reducer Tool

ring reducer stretcher

Are you mastering the art of using a ring sizer tool? As a jeweller, this is an area of your business that will encourage customers to come back again and again, as long as your work is accurate. So, investing in a professional ring stretcher/reducer tool will help you master the art of ring resizing and make light work of resizing requests from your customers. Here's our … [Read more...]

How To Patina Copper Jewellery Pieces

copper sheet after the patina process

Jewellery trends come and go but one trend that has stood the test of time is antique-effect jewellery. Copper and brass pieces with an antique look have remained a customer favourite for a long time, and with just a little time and some liver of sulphur, it’s simple to learn how to patina copper pieces for that lived-in, antique look. Here’s your step by step guide on how … [Read more...]

Your Guide To the Knew Concepts Tools Range

knew concepts ring sawing

Looking to invest in some essential, new jewellery tools for your bench? If you’re looking to replace your usual bench setup and would like to upgrade, the latest additions to the Knew Concepts tools range could be worth the investment. With clever upgrades to your workbench set up including magnetic bench clamps and sawing bench pegs for swift, precise cutting, you’ll be … [Read more...]

How To Make A Bezel Setting

ring with bezelled stone

When you’re just starting out as a silversmith, creating ring settings is likely the first thing on your list that you’d like to master. But where do you start? Making a bezel setting such as the one shown in the image above is a great place to begin, as it’s one of the simpler ring settings to work on and master, before you move onto the more complex process of creating … [Read more...]

Glossary Of Jewellery Polishing Terms

polishing-silver-jewellery

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...]

How to Resize a Ring

Ring Stretcher Reducer Pro

Inevitably when you start making jewellery, it won’t be too long before someone asks you to resize a ring and so the following information is a basic guide to ring sizing for beginners. It is intended to be used for plain rings only. Rings containing stones are best given to an expert to deal with, unless you are experienced and proficient at ring sizing as they can be fraught … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Engraving

Engraving with the Dremel Engraver

The term engraving can be defined in one of two ways: An engraving is a picture or design that has been cut into a surface. An engraving is a picture that has been printed from a plate on which designs have been cut. Engraving itself can be traced as far back as Roman times, and is a technique which requires a great deal of skill and patience. Traditionally, … [Read more...]

How to Use Different Types of Burrs

Wheel Burr

This is the final part of our guide to burrs, where we will cover some of the shapes and profiles which don’t fall directly into the stone setting category. It is worth noting however, that the way in which burrs are used is completely open to your own interpretation, so don’t feel restricted in any way by the descriptions provided here. We are simply trying to get you started … [Read more...]