Growing in the world of jewellery making

The sheer amount of different jewellery making techniques varies enormously and can range from straightforward to incredibly complex. Some can be attempted with little to no experience whereas others take years to fully accomplish. However, once you start making, at what ever level you quickly find that one working method will lead directly on to another, and before you know … [Read more...]

Mohs Hardness Scale Explained

Mohs Hardness Scale Explained

Are you using gemstones in your jewellery designs? Whether you’ve been working with diamonds for decades or you’re just starting to learn the stone setting basics, it’s useful to get to know the gemstones you’re working with, in more detail. That’s where Mohs hardness scale comes in. It may sound strange but Mohs hardness scale is a great asset to have in your back pocket. … [Read more...]

Preparing the workshop for Christmas

Workshop

The busiest time of the year for retailers and designer/makers is rapidly approaching. So now, (while things are still relatively calm), is a good time to plan and prepare the workshop for the battle that is to come! So, we put together a quick summary of the best ways to prepare your workshop for Christmas. Clean down and check stock Cleaning and tidying may not seem … [Read more...]

5 Different Metal Working Files For Beginners

Metal Working Files for Beginners

Building out your jewellery making tool kit? You’ll already know that there are a huge amount of metal working files that you could invest in to perfect your craft. But let’s face it - not everyone has the budget to pick up their ideal kit right from the off. When you’re just starting out it’s worth getting to know the different types of hand files available to you so that … [Read more...]

Top Polishing Tips

polishing

Achieving a beautiful finish is a crucial stage of jewellery production and can really make or break a piece. Polishing can be extremely daunting at first as there are many stages involved in achieving a successful shine so to take some of the pain out of polishing, we have put together some top tips to help you on your way to a flawless finish. Pumice Powder: is an abrasive … [Read more...]

Handmade Jewellery – Finding the right style for you Part 2

Non-metal

As you may have seen from our previous blog in this series, there are many different tools and techniques that can be used with metal. Now we move onto non-metal, to give you all the information to find out which is the right style for you. If you find the prospect of using metal a little daunting or you just don’t fancy working with it for whatever reason, there are many … [Read more...]

Handmade Jewellery – Finding the right style for you

Jewellery

The term ‘handmade jewellery’ covers an extensive selection of both techniques and materials which can all be used to create beautiful objects to wear and admire. There are really no rules when it comes to style but there are, however, very different skill sets required for each technique. First and foremost, jewellery can be broken down into two categories; metal and … [Read more...]

Make a Art Clay Silver Leaf Pendant

We partnered with Emma Seward, a budding jeweller and gardener, to create this Art Clay Silver Leaf Pendant tutorial. The piece clearly shows how Emma loves to create pieces that combine these two loves. Read on to see her step-by-step guide: Materials and Tools list  Art Clay Silver 10g paste  Silver embeddable bail Ultra Polishing Pads Pack of 20 Emery Stick … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus – Coral

Coral

The warm peachy – pink tone of coral has been a central feature of this year’s colour palette, not only because it’s Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2019, but simply because it is an ideal summer colour. It is light and bright; feminine, without being too girly and as someone who isn’t a big fan of pink, coral makes a great alternative. But what of the material … [Read more...]

Jewellery Making Wire: The Basics

jewellery making wire understanding the basics

Wire forms the backbone of many a workshop – whatever you’re latest design, whatever your jewellery making style, wire can often play a central role in jewellery making.  But if you are not familiar with wire in all of its available shapes, gauges and uses just where should you start? Round Wire – is your basic, everyday essential material that virtually no workshop can do … [Read more...]