Top Wax Carving Tools For Beginners and Professionals

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The beauty of carving wax for casting is that you can start with as little or as many wax sculpting tools as you like, and still create something that is unique and completely handcrafted. Once you’ve meticulously shaped and filed a block of wax into the beginnings of a jewellery design, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing your designs take shape in the casting … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Katherine Lawrie

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Having been surrounded by jewellery making for most of her life, jeweller Katherine favours traditional techniques and materials when creating her handmade jewellery pieces, and takes lots of inspiration from the countryside around her home in the South of England. Read the following interview to discover more about her background and her jewellery designs. Let us know a bit … [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 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...]

What Is Moissanite?

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Moissanite. What is it? Where does it come from? And how can you use it as part of your latest stone set jewellery designs? Find out everything you need to know about the moissanite stone below, from its properties, its look, and where to buy them. What is a moissanite stone? Moissanite is an incredibly rare and naturally occurring stone that is usually colourless but emits … [Read more...]

Top 6 Jewellery Trends To Look Out For In 2019

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Keeping up with the latest jewellery trends for your customers can be tricky. If you base your jewellery business model on hitting big trends in the industry it pays to plan and stay ahead of the curve. That’s why we’ve put together some of the current jewellery trends for 2019 so that you’re in the loop on what your customers are shopping for: Top 6 Popular Jewellery … [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...]

Designer of the Month: Helen Griffiths

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The jeweller’s saw is an essential tool in Helen’s workspace, with her using it to make a variety of designs which are mainly inspired by nature. Find out about Helen’s work, her background, what she has learnt from her time as a jewellery maker and more in the following interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the … [Read more...]

Jewellery Making for Beginners: Top 5 Questions

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Are you just starting out with basic jewellery making techniques and want to get your questions answered? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve broken down the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions about jewellery making for beginners. In our YouTube video, professional jeweller Janet Royle answers five common questions about jewellery making for beginners. … [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...]