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 Make A Cross Pendant With Art Clay Silver

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It’s hard to beat precious metal clay for its simplicity and ease of use. What’s more, the finished results can be striking, all of which makes it a very satisfying material to work with. Whether you’re trying this technique for the first time, or looking for some fresh inspiration, this cross pendant tutorial will show you how to use art clay silver to create a simple but … [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...]

How Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Has Evolved

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The rich history of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter still runs through the streets of Hockley today. As an area renowned for its jewellery manufacturing and trade, what better way to pay it tribute than with a look back at where it all began, and how it has evolved over time to become the ‘workshop of the world’. Learn 10 fascinating facts about the Jewellery Quarter’s … [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...]

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...]