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    A Guide To Pickling

    Step away from the Kilner jars and put down that beetroot! Tempting though it is, we are not about to explore the fascinating subject of preserves and chutneys! No, in jewellery terms pickling refers to the process of removing oxidised surfaces and flux from metal after soldering. What is pickling solution made from? It is […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    Preparing the workshop for Christmas

    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. […]

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    Swarovski: New Additions

    Swarovski have always been great innovators and our range is constantly being updated to reflect this with new designs, colours and cuts frequently popping up online and instore. Swarovski’s newest collections for Spring/Summer 2020 are based around the ‘Power of Emotions’ and focus principally on helping the consumer to reconnect with their inner calm, creativity […]

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  • Metal Forming & Stamping

    5 Different 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 […]

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    Top Polishing Tips

    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 […]

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    Handmade Jewellery – Finding the right style for you Part 2

    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 […]

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    Jewellery Making Wire: The Basics

    Wire forms the backbone of many a workshop – whatever your 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 […]

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    What is Jeweller’s Rouge?

    When creating new jewellery pieces for your collection, you may want to add a high shine mirror finish to your silver and gold. The best way to achieve this? By using jeweller’s rouge. Watch our customer review video to discover more about how Dave Wilson (the artisan behind Celtic Dreams jewellery) uses jeweller’s rouge to add […]

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    Review: ImpressArt Aluminium Stamping Blanks

    By Nicky Moxey I was offered the chance to have a play with the following aluminium blanks for metal stamping, and this is the result: 860 A225 – ImpressArt Aluminium Blanks, Leaf with Ring 860 A214 – ImpressArt Aluminium Blanks, Round Offset Washer 860 A220 – ImpressArt Aluminium Blanks, Small Square Tag ImpressArt Aluminium Blanks, […]

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    Review: Xuron Jewellers Cutter Kit

    by Nicky Moxey If you spend any time playing with wire, you’ve almost certainly got a favourite wire cutter. I had three – one of which I admit was stolen from my husband’s toolbox! Then along came the Xuron Jewellers Cutter Kit. I also acquired the Xuron Four-in-one Crimper with Chain Nose Pliers at the […]

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