How to Use Halo Earring Settings

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What is a Halo Setting? For anyone not familiar with a halo design, its defining feature is a decorative ring of metal which surrounds a stone setting, often making it look much bigger and giving it a greater presence. The halo itself is not functional, but it usually contains a functional element such as a claw to secure a stone. Halos come in many different forms; some … [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...]

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...]

How To Use The Proxxon TBM 220 Bench Drill

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Wondering how to use drill machines to drill through metal for your jewellery creations? Like many jewellers, you may have used flex shafts previously. However, if you’re looking for an advanced piece of machinery that’s even more precise, you might consider using a Proxxon bench drill. Take a look at our video, where Lydia Niziblian, jewellery maker and designer, explains … [Read more...]

How To Stamp Metal Jewellery

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No matter how far along you are in your jewellery making endeavours, metal stamping is heralded as a classic skill that can be adopted by anyone, from beginner to advanced. From experimenting with a range of intricate patterns, fonts and pendant shapes, to mastering the use of metal stamping tools, read on to discover more about how to make stamped metal jewellery that adds … [Read more...]

How To Melt Silver To Make Jewellery

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Melting silver is an easy process once you get to know the fundamental principles of the metal’s melting points. Commonly used by many jewellers due to its lower melting point, silver is a great place to start when learning how to melt metal to make more complex jewellery designs, and graduate to more difficult soldering techniques. Use our beginner’s guide on the art of … [Read more...]

How to Prevent and Remove Metal Tarnish

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Unsightly metal tarnish is one of those annoying and persistent problems which can become the bane of a jeweller’s life if not addressed correctly. Fortunately, there are many products on the market today which will effectively help with removing and preventing metal tarnish on jewellery, and alleviate the development of the dreaded black bloom. So what is metal … [Read more...]

How To Make Bangles With the Durston Bangle Maker

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There’s nothing better than discovering a jewellery making tool that helps speed up manufacturing and refines your designs. The Durston bangle maker (also known as the Durston forming die set) is one of those tools! It’s a great investment for those who spend a lot of time using hammers to shape precious metal bangles accurately. Not sure how to make bangles with the Durston … [Read more...]

Ring Sizing Guide For Jewellers

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You may have already gotten to grips with the art of cutting and filing to produce a beautifully handcrafted precious metal ring, but have you mastered the art of how to size a ring? Or how to make a ring fit tighter or looser for your customers? The art of resizing rings takes some time to master, but as it’s likely to form a large part of your business as a jewellery maker, … [Read more...]