Kick Starting the Creative Process

By Jo Varney For me personally, inspiration comes very easily on days like today. It is a sunny winter morning and I have just walked my children to school, looking out onto the most beautiful view as the sun breaks through the mist which had settled just below the Clent Hills. I found myself looking at shapes cast by shadows created as the sun shines through the branches of … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Toby Cotterill

Metal forming is a large part of jewellery designer Toby Cotterill’s work, and he takes a lot of inspiration from the natural world when creating his handmade pieces. Read on to learn more about Toby’s design style, the materials he favours, the things he has learnt from his time in the industry and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

A Jeweller’s Guide To Using Polishing Compounds

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Stepping into the world of advanced jewellery-making requires a lot of patience and a deeper understanding of the intricacies that come along with perfecting your designs, especially when it comes to different types of polishing compounds and the jewellery polishing process. Polishing compounds. Jeweller’s rouge. Buffing wheels and mops – there’s so much to discover as part … [Read more...]

How To Create Your Own Jewellery Blog

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As a small jewellery business owner, you may be thinking up ways of engaging with your customers, as well as bringing in some new ones. If you’ve already built a small website to host your latest jewellery collections, and your social media marketing is picking up speed, it may be time to add another string to your bow. Here’s how to create a jewellery blog that will give … [Read more...]

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 Sell More At Trade Shows

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Have you got your first jewellery trade shows and craft fairs lined up? Ready to take your latest collection and sell, sell, sell? You may have a beautiful collection, a well thought out display, and the perfect spot with lots of footfall, but how do you maximise sales at a trade show? Here’s our guide on getting the best out of attending jewellery trade shows, including how … [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...]

Designer of the Month: Kaja Bennett

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Originally from Oslo, Kaja Bennett likes to use materials collected from Norway to make her unique designs. Her techno fossil necklaces are truly eye catching, and they are pieces which she particularly enjoys creating. Take a look at the following interview to learn more about her work. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Jane Burtwell

Nature is a big influence on the pieces made by jewellery designer Jane Burtwell, who takes her inspiration for a lot of everything she makes from when out walking or riding her horse. Discover more about her background, what she has learnt from her time in the industry and more in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Maricy Takahashi

Maricy Takahashi likes to take inspiration for her beautiful jewellery pieces from a combination of her Brazilian and Japanese roots, and likes to experiment with texture and forms when creating new designs. Read more about her time in the jewellery making industry in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, … [Read more...]