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...]

How to Use Gallery Strip

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Looking for ways to use gallery strip in your handmade jewellery projects? Decorative gallery strip, otherwise known as gallery wire, is perfect for a variety of applications and can be easily transformed into a number of jewellery pieces. From using it to add a simple detail to a design to creating an eye-catching ring, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate gallery … [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 Increase Etsy Sales

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Have your Etsy sales taken a sudden dive? Are you tired of coasting along at a “normal” purchase rate and want to supercharge your jewellery sales quickly and efficiently? We understand how difficult it can be to get your products noticed. You may invest lots of your free time crafting handmade jewellery that you’re proud of, only for it to sit on your Etsy store unnoticed. … [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...]

4 Ways To Showcase Cabochon Stones

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If you’re looking to inject a touch of colour to your jewellery creations, you may want to consider cabochon cut gemstones and ways to showcase them. In a previous article, we outlined fourteen easy steps to making a cabochon ring with bezel strips, but now we’re taking the showcasing of cabochon stones further. What about necklaces? Or even brooches? Our focus in this … [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...]

How To Solder Silver To Copper

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Do you work primarily with copper sheet? If copper is the metal of choice for your jewellery designs, and you’re searching for a new approach, why not incorporate silver? Bringing together copper and silver sheet can make your design stand out, with contrasting colours and textures that will set you apart from other designers. Here’s our beginners’ guide on how to solder … [Read more...]

How To Create A Cohesive Jewellery Collection

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There’s so much more to creating a cohesive jewellery collection than producing 15 different designs and stamping your own logo on each one, ready for sale. Producing a signature collection that is as distinctive as it is interconnected, is a difficult process to get right, especially if you’re in the midst of moving away from making one-off pieces. That’s why we’ve put … [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...]