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...]

How to Make a Simple Silver Bead

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Beads can be made in a multitude of ways, and needn’t be as complex as you might imagine. Perfect for casual summer styles, a personalised bead makes a lovely gift particularly when so many of us now have some sort of bead carrier bracelet as standard now. In this guide, we will show you how to make a silver bead which will fit the plaited leather bead carrier (V12 CB8) … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Claire Wrixton

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With over 10 years’ experience of using silver clay to make jewellery, Claire is now developing her silversmithing technique. She likes to take inspiration for her designs from a number of sources, including her home county of Dorset and the Jurassic coast. Read on to find out more about her work… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

Top Jewellery Making Courses & How To Expand On Your Skills

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Are you a seasonal crafter? Or are you a small, jewellery business looking to expand on your current skill set? Wherever you are in your jewellery making career, investing in yourself is an excellent way of ensuring your jewellery making skills develop, whether it’s simply for some me time or you want to make waves in a new area of your business. Whatever the reason, signing … [Read more...]

A Guide to Strip Soldering

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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 Sweat Soldering

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Sweat soldering is a simple and fuss free way of joining two metal surfaces together, one on top of the other. It is great for flat surfaces and ideal for seams, where neat solder application would otherwise be tricky. What is Sweat Soldering?  Sweat soldering jewellery is a two part process whereby solder is melted onto one surface, cleaned, positioned and re-heated to join … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Rudolf Molnar

Enamel and precious metals feature a lot in the work of enamel artist and goldsmith Rudolf Molnar, who gets the inspiration for his unique pieces from mythology and nature among other things. Read on to learn about his background, his favourite piece and more… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making … [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...]

Designer of the Month: Alison Baird

One of Alison Baird’s favourite materials to work with is yellow gold, and she often incorporates it into her classic yet stunning jewellery designs. Read the following Designer of the Month interview to learn more about her time in the jewellery making industry, and the technique she plans to add to her skills set next… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]