Book Review: Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads

Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads By Mortira Natasha vanPelt

By Jo Varney Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads By Mortira Natasha vanPelt Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads is essentially a beading guide produced by the popular craft publisher Search Press. It is perhaps a little different to others you may have encountered in that the premise is based solely on the Ancient Worlds of Egypt, Greece and Rome. The idea being to forge a link between … [Read more...]

Tutorial: How to Make a Art Clay Silver Heart Set with Stones

Silver Art Clay Tutorial

Make a beautiful textured heart set with stones perfect for a significant other's birthday, Valentine’s Day or a special occasion using Silver Art Clay You will need: 7g Art Clay Silver Art Clay Silver Syringe Heart Cutter pack set 6 Brass Plate Large Flowers Synthetic Ruby, Round, 3,4,5mm, Pack of 14 Sterling Silver 12/18 Plain Trace, Loose … [Read more...]

Your Guide To The Best Drill Bits For Metal

metal drill bit

Starting out in the jewellery making industry can be challenging, but if you’re equipped with the right tools to create original, statement pieces, it becomes a whole lot easier. That’s why we’ve put together a simple guide to choosing the best drill bits for metal jewellery. There are different touches you can give your jewellery using metal drill bits, depending on the … [Read more...]

How To Make A Cabochon Ring

cabochon ring on table

If you’re new to jewellery making and looking for a simple piece to get started with, look no further than a bezel set cabochon ring. You can experiment with different shaped and coloured cabochons to achieve the look you want. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide outlining how to make a cabochon ring, from the tools and materials you’ll need to the art of cabochon stone … [Read more...]

Ring Sizing Guide For Jewellers

Ring Measurement Chart

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...]

How To Make Silver Stacking Rings

a beaded stacking ring, with bezel and cabochon gemstones set

Stacking rings are a great piece of jewellery to master when you’re just starting out. With their versatility and adaptability, and the fact that they seem to be more popular than ever, learning how to make silver stacking rings will stand you in good stead to learn some basic jewellery making techniques such as filing, soldering and polishing. Here’s how to make silver … [Read more...]

Our Top 5 Beginner Jewellery Making Projects

sterling silver bunny necklace

When you first decide to try your hand at jewellery making, the sheer amount of materials, projects and tools can seem overwhelming. Where do you start? What supplies will you need? To help narrow down your options a little we’ve put together our top 5 beginner jewellery making projects. With each project comes a full step by step guide for the project itself, what tools and … [Read more...]

How to Make a Simple Silver Bead

silver bead on plaited leather bead carrier

Beads can be made in a multitude of ways, and needn’t be as complex as you might imagine. Perfect for casual summer styles, a personalised bead makes a lovely gift particularly when so many of us now have some sort of bead carrier bracelet as standard now. In this guide, we will show you how to make a silver bead which will fit the plaited leather bead carrier (V12 CB8) … [Read more...]

Using a Barrelling Machine with Metal, Stones and Glass

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Contrary to popular belief, barrelling machines are not just for polishing. They can in fact be used for a number of different processes, simply by changing the compound and/or shot that you put inside them as you can see below. Cutting Material Compound Finish/Effect Stainless Steel Shot (998 003) Barrelbrite soap (998 001P) and water Polishing metal to … [Read more...]