Extender Chains – Making sure you get the right length

When choosing a chain, particularly on someone else’s behalf, getting the length right can be tricky. Not only do you have to consider the size of the neck it’s going around but also, the size of the pendant it's intended for. As well as its strength, style, alloy and the position it will hang on the body. So, what do you do if you are unsure, or worse still, have already … [Read more...]

5 Different Metal Working Files For Beginners

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 worth getting to know the different types of hand files available to you so that … [Read more...]

Top 5 Jewellery Making Tools For A Busy Designer

Top 5 Jewellery Making Tools For A Busy Designer

Feeling frustrated at work and looking for a way to speed up the jewellery making process? We can help with that. We understand how busy jewellery makers can get, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 jewellery making tools for the busy designer. From pliers to burrs, find all of our jewellery tool kit recommendations below. The Best Jewellery Making Tools To Save On … [Read more...]

Tool Storage around the Bench

Good tool storage is essential in any well organised work space regardless of size. It can save you time, as well as prolonging the life of the tools themselves, so is well worth the investment. Keeping a clear working area can be tricky when you have a large number of tools that you frequently need to grab. The key to good bench storage is having items stored in such a way … [Read more...]

How To Clean Jewellery Using Elma Ultrasonics

ultrasonic jewellery cleaner

Does your jewellery need an extra boost to restore it to its former self before selling? Cleaning jewellery with an ultrasonic can provide just that, leaving your pieces looking as good as new. Whether you’re looking to clean a bracelet, rings or a necklace, just follow our step-by-step guide to find out what you need to do! Discover how to clean jewellery using Elma … [Read more...]

What Is The Lost Wax Casting Process?

Wax Casting Jewellery

One of the oldest methods of jewellery making around, lost wax casting dates back to the 3rd century BC. Having been lost and rediscovered many times throughout history, the lost wax casting process is still used today for casting metal alloys. Keep on reading to find out what the lost wax process is and how you can use it for jewellery making. What is lost wax casting? Lost … [Read more...]

Guide to Metal Clay Tools

Precious Metal Clay

Looking to build on your collection of metal clay tools? Whether you’re a complete beginner and just need the essentials or you’d like to take your metal clay jewellery making into the realms of stone settings and ring making, find our comprehensive guide to metal clay tools below. Metal clay tools and supplies for beginners Check out the metal clay tools that we’d recommend … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Ivan Kuyumdzhiev

Ivan

Jewellery maker Ivan Kuyumdzhiev comes from a long line of goldsmiths in Bulgaria and has been jewellery making since the age of 16. He likes to create traditional Bulgarian designs with diverse materials, as well as 3D printing. View some of his work, read about where he gets her inspiration from and more in this month's Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit … [Read more...]

How to Make a Mould for Resin Casting

Resin Casting Mould

Want to learn how to make a silicone mould for resin casting? It’s simple. Pick up the Flexi Mould Silicone Compound and use our step by tutorial below. You’ll soon be able to make your own resin mould and create resin jewellery pieces that are completely unique to you. How to make resin moulds at home Selecting an object for resin mould making The first thing you’ll need to … [Read more...]

Handmade Jewellery – Finding the right style for you Part 2

Non-metal

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 little daunting or you just don’t fancy working with it for whatever reason, there are many … [Read more...]