How To Make Wire Wrapped Earrings

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Wire wrapping is a skill that anyone can pick up and master in jewellery making. The beauty of making wire wrapped jewellery is that there is no right or wrong way of going about it – you can create free form patterns with your wire, so making wire wrapped earrings is an excellent way for beginners to get started. That’s why we’ve put together this simple step by step guide … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

How to Use the Rathburn Ring Stretcher

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As the name implies, a ring stretcher is a jewellery tool specifically used to enlarge the circumference of a plain ring band by simply stretching it. They come in many different forms and prices vary enormously; however for the purposes of this article, we are focusing on the Rathburn ring stretcher which is ideal for both beginner jewellery makers and expert jewellers to use … [Read more...]

Ethical Jewellery Making: Discover Fairtrade Gold

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Guest blog article written by Harriet Kelsall, Founder and Chair of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. Harriet is also Chair of the National Association of Jewellers, and a non-executive director for both the Responsible Jewellery Council and the British Hallmarking Council. Whilst not as well-known as Fairtrade coffee or chocolate, Fairtrade Certified Gold is becoming … [Read more...]