Royal Engagement Rings Through the Ages

Royal engagement rings through the ages

Nothing captures the hearts of the general public like a Royal Wedding. Despite the wavering popularity of the monarchy in this country we always, as a nation seem to enjoy the pomp and ceremony that these state occasions demand. The Engagement Ring is always at the centre of the media focus throughout the proceedings so we thought it would be interesting to see how styles have … [Read more...]

How To Make Resin Jewellery

resin jewellery on a bench

Once you’ve learned the fundamentals of casting resin, your next step is to figure out which type of jewellery you’d like to create when using resin. And the great thing is that you can produce any type of jewellery you can think of – resin is an incredibly versatile material that will lend itself to making decorative pendants, rings, charm bracelets and much more. To give … [Read more...]

How to Use Gallery Strip

Gallery strip set rings

Looking for ways to use gallery strip in your handmade jewellery projects? Decorative gallery strip, otherwise known as gallery wire, is perfect for a variety of applications and can be easily transformed into a number of jewellery pieces. From using it to add a simple detail to a design to creating an eye-catching ring, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate gallery … [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 Personalised Rings with Metal Stamping Techniques

personalised rings

Metal stamping is a great way to make handmade jewellery designs which feature personalised messages and patterns. Using only a few tools and simple techniques, you can be well on your way to producing a professional piece of hand stamped jewellery which is customised to the recipient – and with our range of ring stamping blanks, it is now even easier to make personalised rings … [Read more...]

A Guide to Strip Soldering

Soldering Equipment

Strip soldering, or stick feed soldering, is a great technique for pieces which require either a large amount of solder or a lengthy solder join. It can also be useful in areas that pallions of solder would be otherwise difficult to position. It involves a direct feed of solder which is drawn along a seam using heat, thus creating a very neat join. Strip soldering is often … [Read more...]

A Guide to Simple Soldering

By Jo Varney There are many different ways to solder two pieces of metal together, and in time you will undoubtedly develop your own preferred method. However, there are some basic rules which should always be adhered to – to demonstrate, here I will take you through a very simple way to solder a band ring together, one of the first soldering operations I ever attempted … [Read more...]

Jewellery for the Summer Months

You could be forgiven for assuming that jewellery for the summer months in this country should come with a waterproof coating and some sort of optional windbreak attachment. But no, we Brits are a resilient lot and if the calendar tells us it is summer, we will don our summer wardrobe regardless of the elements outside. So for those of you determined to embrace ‘summer’ … [Read more...]