How To Set A Stone In A 4-Claw Ring

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Interested in learning how to set a stone in a 4-claw ring? Whether you’re planning on setting your own engagement ring or are keen to expand your jewellery making expertise, use our video tutorial and our guide as a reference for learning some basic stone setting techniques. In this guide we’ll talk you through the tools needed for stone setting, and the fundamental steps of … [Read more...]

How To Make Resin Jewellery

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Once you’ve learned the fundamentals of casting resin, your next step is to figure out which type of jewellery you’d like to create when using resin. And the great thing is that you can produce any type of jewellery you can think of – resin is an incredibly versatile material that will lend itself to making decorative pendants, rings, charm bracelets and much more. To give … [Read more...]

Your Guide to the Different Types of Jewellery Clasps – Part 3

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We have reached the third and final part in our series of articles covering the huge range of jewellery clasps that are available. Now in our final instalment, we bring together some more designs of jewellery clasp, along with suggestions on where they might be most suited to give you a helping hand in choosing the right one for your handmade jewellery piece. Previously in … [Read more...]

Guide To Casting Resin: How To Mix & Cast Resin

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Casting resin using different colours, moulds, and objects is a creative way of producing interesting jewellery pieces without having to invest in lots of supplies. In fact, it’s a great way to get started in jewellery making and other forms of crafting too, as the objects you can create with resin really are endless! Casting resin from start to finish In this guide we’ll … [Read more...]

Moissanite vs. Diamond: What’s The Difference?

Moissanite v Diamond

Since its 1893 inception in a meteor crater, moissanite has been regarded as a rare and scarce mineral, bolstering its desirability among consumers and jewellery makers alike. Moissanite is often used as an alternative to the diamond in jewellery making, and many people are unable to tell the two gemstones apart. But there are ways to tell the difference between these two … [Read more...]

4 Wire Wrapping Tips And Tricks To Refine Your Designs

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Wire wrapping techniques in jewellery making are vast and range from making basic loops to producing intricately stone set, wire wrapped pendants. There are many designs you can create using wire wrapping techniques, so if you’re just starting out and experimenting with different wire jewellery designs, you’ve come to the right place. Read our guide on the fundamentals … [Read more...]

What is Marcasite?

table cut marcasite gemstone

For the essentials you need to know about marcasite, including its origin, how it is used in jewellery and the different cuts of marcasite gemstones that are available, look no further than the below guide. Where does marcasite come from? Genuine marcasite comes from the mineral pyrite, which is a beautiful, metallised stone similar in appearance to gold which is why it is … [Read more...]

Top Wax Carving Tools For Beginners and Professionals

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The beauty of carving wax for casting is that you can start with as little or as many wax sculpting tools as you like, and still create something that is unique and completely handcrafted. Once you’ve meticulously shaped and filed a block of wax into the beginnings of a jewellery design, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing your designs take shape in the casting … [Read more...]

Introducing The GreenLion Saw Frame

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The story behind the GreenLion jeweller’s saw frame is both fascinating and unusual, and a true example of entrepreneurial spirit at its best. Its designer is a man called BJ Johnson, otherwise known as Soba One, who is the owner and featured artist of GreenLion Tattoo Studios based in Michigan, USA. Having trained as a metalsmith, GreenLion Tattoo Studio also encompasses a … [Read more...]

What is Gallery Strip?

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Gallery wire, or gallery strip, is a flat band of metal made up of a continuous pattern which is usually cut into a series of upright prongs or columns, as well as a number of other decorative designs. The term ‘gallery’ refers to the area directly beneath the stone, and often joins the base of a setting to the functional setting surface. In some instances, the gallery strip … [Read more...]