How to Use Gallery Strip

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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 Use the Rathburn Ring Stretcher

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As the name implies, a ring stretcher is a jewellery tool specifically used to enlarge the circumference of a plain ring band by simply stretching it. They come in many different forms and prices vary enormously; however for the purposes of this article, we are focusing on the Rathburn ring stretcher which is ideal for both beginner jewellery makers and expert jewellers to use … [Read more...]

How To Make Wire Wrapped Rings

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If you’re still in the process of mastering the use of your round nose pliers, this is the ideal jewellery making project for you to take on. In this tutorial you’ll learn two new skills: How to make wire rings – a simple ring made with leftover wire that will help you master the use of your pliers and get creative with your own design ideas. How to make wire rings with … [Read more...]

7 Different Types Of Ring Shanks And How To Identify Them

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Getting to know the anatomy of engagement rings? This blog post will help you learn about some of the terminology used when referring to the main element of any ring: the ring shank. What is a ring shank? The ring shank is quite simply the band of the ring. Each different type of ring shank is often categorised by its appearance. Below we’ll detail some of the most commonly … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Samuel Phillips

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With a background in blacksmithing, jewellery maker Samuel now uses a lot of traditional silversmithing techniques in his work, along with casting and forging, to make a range of simple yet stunning designs. Discover where he gets the inspiration for his pieces from and more in the following interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [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 A Prong Setting

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Looking to mix up your ring designs a little? If you’ve been working with bezel set rings and want to move on to a new project, why not try your hand at a prong setting? While bezel settings are neat and easy to accomplish, a prong setting will show off the stone even more, making it ideal for jewellery pieces where the stone is the focal point. The beauty of prong settings … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Catherine Marche

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The most loved tool in the workspace of jewellery designer Catherine is her mandrel for shaping and hammering rings, which she creates alongside a number of other pieces using inspiration from a variety of sources. To learn more about her work and design style, take a look at the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]

How to Use A Ring Triblet

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Are you a budding metalsmith? An engagement ring specialist in the making? If you’re just starting out when it comes to sizing, creating and re-sizing rings, you’ll need to learn how to use a ring triblet effectively. Use our guide below and discover what a triblet is used for, and how using a ring triblet correctly will help you get sizes right for your customers every … [Read more...]

How to Make Personalised Rings with Metal Stamping Techniques

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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...]