Your Guide To The Best Drill Bits For Metal

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Starting out in the jewellery making industry can be challenging, but if you’re equipped with the right tools to create original, statement pieces, it becomes a whole lot easier. That’s why we’ve put together a simple guide to choosing the best drill bits for metal jewellery. There are different touches you can give your jewellery using metal drill bits, depending on the … [Read more...]

What Is Onyx Gemstone?

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Curious about the onyx gemstone? Here’s everything you need to know about onyx, its properties, and how to recognise a real black onyx gemstone from the rest. What is onyx stone? Onyx is a variety of stone that comes from Chalcedony. Chalcedony is a silicate mineral, mostly made of calcite (similar to marble and granite) and it usually features contrasting layers of … [Read more...]

How To Make Earring Backs

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Earring posts for jewellery making are a simple finding to start producing yourself. It’s easy to make them in bulk so that you have them to hand whenever you’re ready to bring all the elements of your designs together to make your own stud earrings. To help you kick start your earring making process, here’s our guide on how to make earring backs in two stages. Here’s how to … [Read more...]

What Are Classic Parallel Action Pliers?

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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

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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

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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...]

How To Polish Metal Jewellery With A Foredom Drill

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One of the most complex and time-consuming elements of jewellery making is buffing and polishing. This stage in the process is one that you want to get right, first time - so any way that you can speed it up is a bonus! That’s why we’ve put together our top tips on how to polish metal jewellery with a Foredom pendant drill. See our infographic above for 4 top tips on … [Read more...]

How To Fire Precious Metal Clay

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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...]

What Is Swarovski® Zirconia?

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Mirroring the brilliance of naturally-sourced diamond gemstones, Swarovski® Zirconia stones are created with style, refraction and durability in mind. Although Swarovski® Zirconia is not a naturally-occurring stone, this gemstone’s construction involves high-quality raw materials and a considered, meticulous approach. If you’re wondering “what is Swarovski® Zirconia made of?”, … [Read more...]

A Guide To Foredom Flex Shaft Tools

Whatever stage you’ve reached in your jewellery making career, you’ll know that one of the most invaluable tools available to us is the flex shaft tool (also known as a pendant motor and flexible shaft rotary tool, among many other things!). As a fundamental part of our professional jeweller’s toolkit, it’s worth figuring out which type of flex shaft tool fits your style of … [Read more...]