Using a Barrelling Machine with Metal, Stones and Glass

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Contrary to popular belief, barrelling machines are not just for polishing. They can in fact be used for a number of different processes, simply by changing the compound and/or shot that you put inside them as you can see below. Cutting Material Compound Finish/Effect Stainless Steel Shot (998 003) Barrelbrite soap (998 001P) and water Polishing metal to … [Read more...]

How To Use A Bead Crimping Tool

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Learning how to use a bead crimping tool is one of the basic skills you’ll need to perfect as you work with beads in your jewellery making career. If you’re new to beading and want some step by step guidance, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s your complete guide on what crimp beads are and how to use crimping tools to finish your beaded pieces to a high standard, with a … [Read more...]

How To Make An S Clasp With Wire

sterling silver round wire

Are you new to making your own findings? Or just haven’t had the time to make your own necklace and bracelet clasps? If you’re looking to expand on your jewellery making skills and would like to start with findings, learning how to make a wire wrapped clasp is a great place to start. Use our step by step guide below to perfect your first wire wrap clasp. Step by step guide: … [Read more...]

How To Make Silver Solder

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As you probably already know, jewellery is often made up of several different components brought together by several different skills and materials to make a unique piece. As you progress to more complex soldering processes and begin making more complicated precious metal pieces, you may want to start making your own soldering pallions. Here, we show you how to make silver … [Read more...]

11 Different Types Of Engagement Ring Styles

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Are you a metalsmith in the making? If you’ll soon be working at a jeweller’s bench to train as a professional jeweller, there’s no doubt that a large part of your time will be spent creating different types of engagement ring styles. We’ve rounded up 11 different types of engagement ring styles to help you get a head start on your jewellery apprenticeship. For a visual … [Read more...]

How To Seal Polymer Clay

finished polymer clay pieces

New to polymer clay? You may be wondering about putting the finishing touches to your polymer clay creations. Do you need to seal it once it’s been baked? What do you use to glaze polymer clay? Should you use resin? Or a specific polymer clay sealant? Read our guide below on how to seal polymer clay and gain valuable insight into the dos and don’ts of sealing polymer clay … [Read more...]

Do You Need To Hallmark Your Jewellery?

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Are you a budding silversmith and need advice on how to hallmark your pieces correctly? This blog will give you a full breakdown of what is required and how to go about getting your pieces hallmarked before sale. With answers to some of the most common questions we get from start-up jewellery businesses, you’ll be ready to send your latest pieces to your nearest Assay Office … [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...]

Step By Step Guide: How To Make Beaded Bracelets

beaded bracelets

Want to learn more about the art of beading? And how to start making your own beaded jewellery? Use our step by step guide below on how to make beaded bracelets. Our simple beaded bracelets video tutorial will help you discover what basic tools you’ll need and how to bead to a high standard. What You’ll Need 0.5mm silver wire 5mm heavy jump rings Sterling … [Read more...]

Top Jewellery Making Pliers For Beginners & How To Use Them

As a beginner jewellery maker you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tools and supplies available to you. Where do you start? And do you really need it all? Before you find your signature jewellery making style and the materials you like to use the most, you may only want to invest in a few vital jewellery tools that will be indispensable, no matter which area of … [Read more...]