How To Patina Copper Jewellery Pieces

copper sheet after the patina process

Jewellery trends come and go but one trend that has stood the test of time is antique-effect jewellery. Copper and brass pieces with an antique look have remained a customer favourite for a long time, and with just a little time and some liver of sulphur, it’s simple to learn how to patina copper pieces for that lived-in, antique look. Here’s your step by step guide on how … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Katie Belcher

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Self-taught jewellery maker Katie Belcher creates her pieces mainly from silver, using metal stamping techniques to give the designs that personal touch. Discover more about her background, her favourite handmade jewellery piece and more in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the … [Read more...]

Your Guide To the Knew Concepts Tools Range

knew concepts ring sawing

Looking to invest in some essential, new jewellery tools for your bench? If you’re looking to replace your usual bench setup and would like to upgrade, the latest additions to the Knew Concepts tools range could be worth the investment. With clever upgrades to your workbench set up including magnetic bench clamps and sawing bench pegs for swift, precise cutting, you’ll be … [Read more...]

How To Make A Bezel Setting

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When you’re just starting out as a silversmith, creating ring settings is likely the first thing on your list that you’d like to master. But where do you start? Making a bezel setting such as the one shown in the image above is a great place to begin, as it’s one of the simpler ring settings to work on and master, before you move onto the more complex process of creating … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Evgeniya Dunning

Sapphire ring

In 2013, Evgeniya gave up her job in marketing to become a full time jewellery maker and designer, and has not looked back since. She now uses a wide variety of techniques and skills to create her antique style, classic pieces, which often feature gemstones. Read more about her work in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

Leather Apron

By Jo Varney Let’s be honest, ‘Fathers’, or even men in general, can be extremely tricky to buy for. At this time of year, I have the unenviable task of finding multiple men’s gifts, as my husband’s birthday just happens to fall the week before Fathers Day, great! The key to a successful Father’s Day gift in my family at least is practicality. All the men I have to buy … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Claire Wrixton

Gemstone Pendants

With over 10 years’ experience of using silver clay to make jewellery, Claire is now developing her silversmithing technique. She likes to take inspiration for her designs from a number of sources, including her home county of Dorset and the Jurassic coast. Read on to find out more about her work… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

The Royal Wedding: Meghan’s Jewellery

Duke and Duchess of Sussex

We couldn’t let the recent royal wedding go by without taking a closer look at some of the stunning jewellery the Duchess of Sussex chose to wear on her special day. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day The Engagement Ring The all-important engagement ring has been making the headlines for months now, and comprises of a slightly elongated cushion cut … [Read more...]

How To Store Polymer Clay Properly

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As a jewellery maker and crafter you’ll know that there’s nothing worse than your supplies and materials going to waste. And if you work primarily with polymer clay then you’ll know that making the most of your stock is vital to getting a good return on all your hard work. That’s why we’ve put together some hints and tips on how to store polymer clay properly. It may sound … [Read more...]

Men’s Jewellery: The Prince Harry Effect

Sterling Silver Screwable Smooth Bangle

According to Retail Jeweller Magazine, the Royal Wedding is set to increase UK retail sales by £195.5million by the end of August. Don’t be mistaken into thinking that this will all be spent on commemorative plates though; the effect of such an event will reach most sales sectors with few exceptions, as we live in a world so obsessed by celebrities. We have experienced the … [Read more...]