Your Guide To the Knew Concepts Tools Range

knew concepts ring sawing

Looking to invest in some essential, new jewellery tools for your bench? If you’re looking to replace your usual bench setup and would like to upgrade, the latest additions to the Knew Concepts tools range could be worth the investment. With clever upgrades to your workbench set up including magnetic bench clamps and sawing bench pegs for swift, precise cutting, you’ll be … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

Leather Apron

By Jo Varney Let’s be honest, ‘Fathers’, or even men in general, can be extremely tricky to buy for. At this time of year, I have the unenviable task of finding multiple men’s gifts, as my husband’s birthday just happens to fall the week before Fathers Day, great! The key to a successful Father’s Day gift in my family at least is practicality. All the men I have to buy … [Read more...]

Top Jewellery Making Pliers For Beginners & How To Use Them

As a beginner jewellery maker you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tools and supplies available to you. Where do you start? And do you really need it all? Before you find your signature jewellery making style and the materials you like to use the most, you may only want to invest in a few vital jewellery tools that will be indispensable, no matter which area of … [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...]

Professional Tools Focus: Foredom

Foredom Pendant Motor

Foredom Electric Co. are an American manufacturing company based in Connecticut, USA, and are world renowned for their superior quality flexible shaft, rotary power tools. In fact, according to their company website they are the leading manufacturer of these types of tools worldwide. So what makes Foredom products so special? Foredom was established in 1922 and has developed … [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...]

Review: ImpressArt Bracelet Bending Pliers

By Lorraine Sanderson, Burning Gecko Advertised as a bracelet bending tool, these little pliers are so much more! I used the ImpressArt Bracelet Bending Pliers (product code 999 I123) as designed, to bend a sterling silver bracelet bar and they produce an extremely smooth and gentle bend, resulting in a cuff that fits an average size wrist. The handles of the pliers … [Read more...]

How to Use Different Types of Burrs

Wheel Burr

This is the final part of our guide to burrs, where we will cover some of the shapes and profiles which don’t fall directly into the stone setting category. It is worth noting however, that the way in which burrs are used is completely open to your own interpretation, so don’t feel restricted in any way by the descriptions provided here. We are simply trying to get you started … [Read more...]

A Guide to Stone Setting Burrs

Stone setting burrs

Having already discussed burr materials in the first part of this blog series, parts two and three will focus on the varying shapes of Busch burrs and the jobs that they are intended for. We will cover shapes and cuts, and try to make some sense and order out of the vast selection out there. Many burrs are primarily associated with the tasks involved with creating and … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Right Burr for Your Jewellery Design

Choosing a burr from the huge selection available is no easy task. There are shapes, sizes and materials to think about, as well as considering the purpose and metal best suited for each design. It’s not surprising that many customers are confused about burrs, and resort to decisions based on price, availability or even worse, they just give up altogether. We have put … [Read more...]