Designer of the Month: Karen J Ward

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Jeweller Karen J Ward uses a range of traditional techniques when making her jewellery pieces, such as chasing and repoussé, texturing and stone setting. Read on to learn more about her varying design style, the tools and materials she favours and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making industry. When I … [Read more...]

A Jeweller’s Guide to Saw Blades

vallorbe saw blades

Saw blades come in a wide range of sizes to accommodate different gauges of metal, the idea being that you change them regularly rather than sticking to just one. A saw cut is initiated from the edge of the metal or a carefully pre-drilled hole, although as you work your saw blade requirements will alter. For example, sawing in a straight line requires a thicker blade than a … [Read more...]

How To Make Hoop Earrings

round nose pliers and silver wire with loose beads on a worktop

Making hoop earrings is a great way to expand your jewellery making repertoire, even if you’re just starting out in the jewellery making industry and looking to broaden your designs. Not only can you experiment with different colours, but customised shapes can also make your hoop earrings stand out from the crowd. Find out how to make hoop earrings in four easy steps. We’ll … [Read more...]

How To Make Drop Earrings

blue beaded drop earring with hook wire attachment and beaded necklace backdrop

If you’re starting out in the jewellery making industry, or you’re looking for something new and a little different to try your hand at, why not practice making drop earrings? Not only are they beautifully simple to create, but drop earrings are a great way to showcase your favourite beads of all shapes and colourways. We’ve come up with a step-by-step guide for those of you … [Read more...]

Halloween Jewellery Making and Craft Ideas

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It won’t be long until it’s time to dust off that skeleton outfit and dig out the pumpkin carving kit.  Yes, Halloween is just round the corner and if you looking for a few ideas to get you into a suitably spooky mood, then look no further. Halloween Charm Beads Sterling Silver Pumpkin Charm Bead (NVQ1 B024)  Pumpkins are synonymous with Halloween, and no celebration is … [Read more...]

How To Make Bangles With the Durston Bangle Maker

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There’s nothing better than discovering a jewellery making tool that helps speed up manufacturing and refines your designs. The Durston bangle maker (also known as the Durston forming die set) is one of those tools! It’s a great investment for those who spend a lot of time using hammers to shape precious metal bangles accurately. Not sure how to make bangles with the Durston … [Read more...]

Jewellery Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

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Running a jewellery business takes a great deal of organisation, time management and strategy. You may think you have your marketing strategy sorted, but it’s important to remember to align your marketing campaigns with the retail calendar, incorporating important dates and events throughout the year. Find out the key dates to look out for, alongside helpful jewellery marketing … [Read more...]

How To Make A Cabochon Ring

cabochon ring on table

If you’re new to jewellery making and looking for a simple piece to get started with, look no further than a bezel set cabochon ring. You can experiment with different shaped and coloured cabochons to achieve the look you want. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide outlining how to make a cabochon ring, from the tools and materials you’ll need to the art of cabochon stone … [Read more...]

Ring Sizing Guide For Jewellers

Ring Measurement Chart

You may have already gotten to grips with the art of cutting and filing to produce a beautifully handcrafted precious metal ring, but have you mastered the art of how to size a ring? Or how to make a ring fit tighter or looser for your customers? The art of resizing rings takes some time to master, but as it’s likely to form a large part of your business as a jewellery maker, … [Read more...]

How To Make A Prong Setting

gold prong setting pendant with peridot cabochon

Looking to mix up your ring designs a little? If you’ve been working with bezel set rings and want to move on to a new project, why not try your hand at a prong setting? While bezel settings are neat and easy to accomplish, a prong setting will show off the stone even more, making it ideal for jewellery pieces where the stone is the focal point. The beauty of prong settings … [Read more...]