Review: Vallorbe Files

By Jo Varney When it comes to tools, quality will always outshine the competition and Vallorbe is one of those brands which stands head and shoulders above everybody else time after time. You always know when you have a Vallorbe product in your hand because quite simply it does what it is meant to do, and as many time served jewellers will know, this is not always the … [Read more...]

How Does An Ultrasonic Jewellery Cleaner Work?

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Have some old jewellery that needs a bit of TLC? By using an ultrasonic cleaner, you can create clean jewellery pieces in minutes, perfect for giving a bit of shine to some old favourites. But how do ultrasonic cleaners work? Find out everything you need to know about how ultrasonic cleaning works, and how to use ultrasonic cleaners for jewellery from our step-by-step video … [Read more...]

How To Work With Fretz Metal Working Hammers

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Do you regularly work with sheet metal? And different metal forming and texturising techniques? Or are you just starting to turn your hand to different metal forming techniques? Either way, this guide to using metal working hammers from the latest Fretz range will give you all the details you need to start taking advantage of the excellent selection of metal working hammers … [Read more...]

How To Use A Pulse Arc Welder

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Technology continues to make jewellery manufacturing processes quicker, with home studios now better able than ever before to produce larger volumes of precious metal designs. The key is investment in the right pieces of kit. Revolutionising the way that we create metal designs, the pulse arc welder is the tool that is helping jewellers spend less time soldering and more time … [Read more...]

Professional Silversmith Tools Guide: Our Top Five

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Our Top Five Professional Soldering Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier You may be new to soldering. You may have been soldering for years and formed your own techniques and tricks that make soldering jewellery simpler. But have you seen the latest in professional silversmith tools that could speed up your soldering process and make your jewellery production quicker? Take … [Read more...]

How To Steam Clean Jewellery Professionally

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As a professional jeweller, you may get requests from customers about the best way to clean their jewellery. Over time, all precious metal pieces will require cleaning to bring them back to their original shine – it doesn’t matter how often the piece is wiped over with a polishing cloth, or soaked in soapy water and rinsed, there’s no better way of cleaning jewellery than with … [Read more...]

Different Types Of Buffing Wheels & Polishing Mops

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Which Wheels, Mops And Buffs Should I Use? The world of jewellery polishing equipment is vast and difficult to navigate when you first start out. Even as you build your kit of jewellery making tools and supplies, and create your own style of jewellery-making, knowing which wheels, mops and buffs to use for a professional finish can be complex. That’s why we’ve put together … [Read more...]

How To Use Polishing Compounds

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Polishing precious metal jewellery pieces requires a little knowledge about different types of polishing compounds and buffing tools, and even more practice in order to get the technique just right. But, with some basic know-how and the supplies you’ll need to create a professional finish, the process will soon become second nature. Here’s what you need to know to get … [Read more...]

Professional Tools Focus: Durston

W Durston Ltd is a leading British manufacturer of quality tools to the jewellery industry. Their original area of focus was rolling mills, but more recently they have expanded the range to include more forming tools such as disc cutters and dapping sets, along with more general purpose items such as benches and pegs which have proved to be extremely popular here at … [Read more...]

Review: Knew Concepts

By Jo Varney Marketed with the tagline, ‘a cut above’, Knew Concepts offer a range of state of the art jewellery tools which aim to maximise efficiency and productivity. They are known for their great design and superior quality materials, so when I was asked to road test a range of their products, I was very interested to see how they measured up, in terms of performance … [Read more...]