What Are Classic Parallel Action Pliers?

Classic Parallel Action Pliers, Brass Jaw Flat Nose

Classic parallel pliers are an essential bench item, and are often part of even the most basic tool kit for jewellers. Quite different in appearance from other pliers, parallel action pliers hold their position thanks to a compound box joint system, which means they provide an extremely strong grip and won’t spring back once pressure is released. Classic Parallel Action … [Read more...]

7 Different Types Of Ring Shanks And How To Identify Them

straight ring shank

Getting to know the anatomy of engagement rings? This blog post will help you learn about some of the terminology used when referring to the main element of any ring: the ring shank. What is a ring shank? The ring shank is quite simply the band of the ring. Each different type of ring shank is often categorised by its appearance. Below we’ll detail some of the most commonly … [Read more...]

Top 5 Metal Stamping Tools

metal stamping kit

If you're new to jewellery making and you’re interested in learning how to use metal stamping tools, you’re in the right place. Take a look at our video, where we explain our top five metal stamping tools and read on to find out some of our top tips when it comes to metal stamping techniques so that you can stamp your next piece, safely, and with a personal touch. What are … [Read more...]

Fancy Jewellery Clasps and How to Use Them

sliding clasp

Following our guide to the essential types of jewellery clasp, which looked at the pros and cons of basic clasps you might use in handmade jewellery projects, we will now cover some of the more elaborate styles available as well as suggesting how and when is suitable to use them. There are three main factors to consider when choosing a clasp for your jewellery design; … [Read more...]

How To Fire Precious Metal Clay

red hot pmc

Just started working with precious metal clay and unsure of the best way to finish your design? When it comes to firing metal clay there are various routes you can take. Here we’ll outline how to fire precious metal clay using simple techniques for beginners. Not ready to fire your precious metal clay just yet? Get to know PMC in more detail with our Guide To Precious Metal … [Read more...]

Choosing Gemstones for Jewellery Gifts

amethyst

With Christmas rapidly approaching, we are all turning our attention to gift buying. Stone set jewellery is always a winner when it comes to gifts, but what colours make the best choices? If you are not sure of someone’s preferences, choosing a gemstone from the vast selection out there can be a daunting prospect – so with that in mind, we have put together some suggestions to … [Read more...]

Guide To Jewellery Hammers For Beginners

jewellery hammers infographic

New to jewellery making? There’s a whole host of jewellery making tools out there that you may not have heard of yet, and jewellery hammers will certainly take centre stage on that list. With the sheer number of hammers professional jewellers use, it can be quite a task to remember what they’re called, let alone how to use them effectively! Whatever jewellery making skill … [Read more...]

How To Use The Proxxon TBM 220 Bench Drill

proxxon bench drill and vice

Wondering how to use drill machines to drill through metal for your jewellery creations? Like many jewellers, you may have used flex shafts previously. However, if you’re looking for an advanced piece of machinery that’s even more precise, you might consider using a Proxxon bench drill. Take a look at our video, where Lydia Niziblian, jewellery maker and designer, explains … [Read more...]

What Is Jeweller’s Rouge?

jewellers rouge bar

When creating new jewellery pieces for your collection, you may want to add a high shine mirror finish to your silver and gold. The best way to achieve this? By using jeweller’s rouge. Watch our customer review video to discover more about how Dave Wilson (the artisan behind Celtic Dreams jewellery) uses jeweller’s rouge to add a finishing touch to his own creations, and then … [Read more...]

How To Stamp Metal Jewellery

metal stamped bangle and keyring

No matter how far along you are in your jewellery making endeavours, metal stamping is heralded as a classic skill that can be adopted by anyone, from beginner to advanced. From experimenting with a range of intricate patterns, fonts and pendant shapes, to mastering the use of metal stamping tools, read on to discover more about how to make stamped metal jewellery that adds … [Read more...]