How To Patina Copper Jewellery Pieces

copper sheet after the patina process

Jewellery trends come and go but one trend that has stood the test of time is antique-effect jewellery. Copper and brass pieces with an antique look have remained a customer favourite for a long time, and with just a little time and some liver of sulphur, it’s simple to learn how to patina copper pieces for that lived-in, antique look. Here’s your step by step guide on how … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Katie Belcher

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Self-taught jewellery maker Katie Belcher creates her pieces mainly from silver, using metal stamping techniques to give the designs that personal touch. Discover more about her background, her favourite handmade jewellery piece and more in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Evgeniya Dunning

Sapphire ring

In 2013, Evgeniya gave up her job in marketing to become a full time jewellery maker and designer, and has not looked back since. She now uses a wide variety of techniques and skills to create her antique style, classic pieces, which often feature gemstones. Read more about her work in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing … [Read more...]

Men’s Jewellery: The Prince Harry Effect

Sterling Silver Screwable Smooth Bangle

According to Retail Jeweller Magazine, the Royal Wedding is set to increase UK retail sales by £195.5million by the end of August. Don’t be mistaken into thinking that this will all be spent on commemorative plates though; the effect of such an event will reach most sales sectors with few exceptions, as we live in a world so obsessed by celebrities. We have experienced the … [Read more...]

Popular Beads for Handmade Jewellery This Summer

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Whether you prefer festival chic or beach fashion, Summer is a time when we opt for lighter, more fun accessories and beads are always a perennial favourite, regardless of trends. There are literally thousands upon thousands of different styles, sizes and materials to choose from, so I thought it would be interesting to have a look at what is popular right now. Filigree … [Read more...]

Summer Jewellery Trends in 2018

Tassel Earrings

The summer months tend to bring out our more frivolous sides when it comes to fashion, and our jewellery choices are no exception to this. It stands to reason that when the weather warms up you don’t want to feel weighed down by your accessories, which is why we favour lighter and brighter pieces to accentuate our summer wardrobe. One designer who embraces ‘frivolous’ whole … [Read more...]

Exhibitions and Shows in Summer 2018

Jewellery Display

Summer is a great time to get out and about if you are seeking some motivation for your next jewellery or craft project. Below are just a few highlights to look out for, which will be sure to get those creative juices well and truly flowing… The Everyday and the Extraordinary 9th June - 9th September Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, … [Read more...]

Glossary Of Jewellery Polishing Terms

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New to jewellery polishing? Want to learn more about the technical jargon that comes along with the jewellery manufacturing process? Use our glossary of polishing terms to get to grips with all the tools and terms related to the polishing process. Polishing The entire jewellery polishing process removes small amounts of the metal’s surface, leaving behind a smooth finish that … [Read more...]

How to Resize a Ring

Ring Stretcher Reducer Pro

Inevitably when you start making jewellery, it won’t be too long before someone asks you to resize a ring and so the following information is a basic guide to ring sizing for beginners. It is intended to be used for plain rings only. Rings containing stones are best given to an expert to deal with, unless you are experienced and proficient at ring sizing as they can be fraught … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Engraving

Engraving with the Dremel Engraver

The term engraving can be defined in one of two ways: An engraving is a picture or design that has been cut into a surface. An engraving is a picture that has been printed from a plate on which designs have been cut. Engraving itself can be traced as far back as Roman times, and is a technique which requires a great deal of skill and patience. Traditionally, … [Read more...]