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...]

What’s the Best Diamond Alternative

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Using diamonds in your jewellery making certainly adds brilliance to your designs, not to mention the prestige that comes with setting one of the most valuable natural materials available in your jewellery. But have you ever considered an alternative? With more and more consumers breaking away from the traditional diamond engagement ring and recognising the beauty in … [Read more...]

How Decorative Bezel Wire Will Improve Your Settings

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Decorative bezel wire. Whether it’s scalloped, serrated or an intricate gallery strip, the best thing about it is that it enhances your settings and gives you a sleek, professional finish. Whatever you’re working on - whether it’s a pendant or ring – make good use of decorative bezel wire to augment your gemstone of choice. Bezel wire basics What is bearer wire? Bearer wire, … [Read more...]

Your Guide to the Different Types of Jewellery Clasps – Part 3

padlock clasp

We have reached the third and final part in our series of articles covering the huge range of jewellery clasps that are available. Now in our final instalment, we bring together some more designs of jewellery clasp, along with suggestions on where they might be most suited to give you a helping hand in choosing the right one for your handmade jewellery piece. Previously in … [Read more...]

Jewellery Chain Repair: Everything You Need To Know

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Repairing jewellery for your customers is often a large part of business that comes through your doors unexpectedly, and can be a good way of making some extra money alongside your jewellery designs. So it pays to know the ins and outs of jewellery chain repair. From basic repairs to soldering chain links, we’ve put together this jewellery chain repair guide so that you can … [Read more...]

What is Gallery Strip?

gallery strip on a bench peg

Gallery wire, or gallery strip, is a flat band of metal made up of a continuous pattern which is usually cut into a series of upright prongs or columns, as well as a number of other decorative designs. The term ‘gallery’ refers to the area directly beneath the stone, and often joins the base of a setting to the functional setting surface. In some instances, the gallery strip … [Read more...]

An Introduction to Ecosilver

Ecosilver bullion

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...]

Making Personalised Gifts for Mother’s Day

personalised stamping blanks

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching, so if you are thinking of creating something special it’s time to get organised. If you start now there is still time to make Mum a personalised gift or piece of customised jewellery, and a great way to do this is by using metal stamping techniques. Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts You could either stick to classic flowers or hearts as a theme, … [Read more...]