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...]

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 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...]

Using Facebook Ads For Jewellery Marketing

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Testing out facebook advertising as a beginner? Or perhaps your previous jewellery Facebook ads could’ve done with some improvement? Don’t give up on this process – with the right technique and by implementing the right tactics, jewellery marketing on Facebook can be a great way to increase revenue, gain awareness and promote your brand. Learn everything you need to know about … [Read more...]

Review: Advanced Chain Maille

By Jo Varney You could be forgiven for thinking that chain maille is a technique which has been assigned to the past, as there is little demand today for metal based battle dress which is what we traditionally associate with it. So you may be surprised to learn that this method of linking wire actually forms the basis of a fascinating jewellery practise, which remains … [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...]

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...]

Review: Swarovski Pear Shaped Pendants

By Lorraine Sanderson, Burning Gecko Swarovski® is a name associated with high quality crystal beads and high end jewellery. There are many suppliers selling crystal which may be acrylic, glass or plastic, but Swarovski® is a brand that almost everyone interested in jewellery will have heard of, and it comes with high expectations. Today I will be reviewing some of the … [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...]