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...]

An Introduction to Ecosilver

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In an age where consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of their buying decisions, we want to know where our goods have come from but also how they have been produced. As such, things are changing for the better, with companies working hard to provide more protection for workers as well as full accountability and traceability of their products, whilst also … [Read more...]

What Is Solder Paste? And How Do You Use It?

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Heard of solder paste syringes? But not sure how to use them? Read our guide to solder paste below and learn more about the advantages of solder paste and when you should use it. What is solder paste? Solder paste is a mixture of metal solder powder and flux – the two elements required to successfully solder together two pieces of metal. Much like any other form of solder, … [Read more...]

How To Cut A Hole In Sheet Metal

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Piercing, cutting and drilling sheet metal is an integral part of metalsmithing. It may seem daunting at first – something as simple as learning how to cut a hole in sheet metal can seem like a tall order. But, once you get to know the tools (whatever your budget!) and how to use them, you can start creating holes in sheet metal quickly and accurately. In this guide, we’ll … [Read more...]

What Is Moissanite?

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Moissanite. What is it? Where does it come from? And how can you use it as part of your latest stone set jewellery designs? Find out everything you need to know about the moissanite stone below, from its properties, its look, and where to buy them. What is a moissanite stone? Moissanite is an incredibly rare and naturally occurring stone that is usually colourless but emits … [Read more...]

Brand Focus: ImpressArt Metal Stamping Tools

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ImpressArt are widely renowned as one of the world’s leading producers of metal stamps and metal stamping products, and have an impressive range to choose from. Until recently, metal stamps were produced exclusively for industrial use on large scale production runs, and for business purposes only. However, ImpressArt spotted a gap in the market and decided to produce a range … [Read more...]

Jewellery Making for Beginners: Top 5 Questions

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Are you just starting out with basic jewellery making techniques and want to get your questions answered? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve broken down the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions about jewellery making for beginners. In our YouTube video, professional jeweller Janet Royle answers five common questions about jewellery making for beginners. … [Read more...]

How To Make Wire Wrapped Rings

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If you’re still in the process of mastering the use of your round nose pliers, this is the ideal jewellery making project for you to take on. In this tutorial you’ll learn two new skills: How to make wire rings – a simple ring made with leftover wire that will help you master the use of your pliers and get creative with your own design ideas. How to make wire rings with … [Read more...]