An Introduction to Ecosilver

Ecosilver bullion

In an age where consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of their buying decisions, we want to know where our goods have come from but also how they have been produced. As such, things are changing for the better, with companies working hard to provide more protection for workers as well as full accountability and traceability of their products, whilst also … [Read more...]

What Is Solder Paste? And How Do You Use It?

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Heard of solder paste syringes? But not sure how to use them? Read our guide to solder paste below and learn more about the advantages of solder paste and when you should use it. What is solder paste? Solder paste is a mixture of metal solder powder and flux – the two elements required to successfully solder together two pieces of metal. Much like any other form of solder, … [Read more...]

How To Solder Silver To Copper

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Do you work primarily with copper sheet? If copper is the metal of choice for your jewellery designs, and you’re searching for a new approach, why not incorporate silver? Bringing together copper and silver sheet can make your design stand out, with contrasting colours and textures that will set you apart from other designers. Here’s our beginners’ guide on how to solder … [Read more...]

How To Make Silver Solder

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As you probably already know, jewellery is often made up of several different components brought together by several different skills and materials to make a unique piece. As you progress to more complex soldering processes and begin making more complicated precious metal pieces, you may want to start making your own soldering pallions. Here, we show you how to make silver … [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 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...]

What Is The Difference Between Argentium And Sterling Silver?

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What is Argentium silver? Argentium is one of a new generation of silver alloys. It was developed specifically to combat the tarnish that occurs as silver oxidises when it comes into contact with air, which is a major drawback for all who love silver. However, Argentium also boasts a whole range of other properties besides this, which help to make it an exceedingly clever … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide: How To Solder A Silver Ring

Need some advice on soldering for beginners? Or are you looking to refine your basic soldering techniques? Simple, flat silver rings are a good place to start to get your silver soldering techniques up to scratch. Once you have mastered the art of accurately preparing for the soldering process and carefully using the right tools, you’ll be able to move onto more complex … [Read more...]

How To Make A Silver Box For Jewellery

by John Ross Give friends or loved ones something handmade to keep their precious jewellery items safe – find out how to make a trinket box for storing jewellery with our simple how-to guide. You will need: Adjustable Saw Frame (999 738) Grade 2 Saw Blades (999 4353) Planishing Hammer (997 3111) Rawhide Mallet (997 3118) Round Plain Triblet (997 3616) … [Read more...]

Material Focus: Platinum

Platinum is the rarest and most valuable of the three precious metals, (gold, silver and platinum). It's distinctive silver/grey colour and dense structure give it a certain gravitas which eludes most other metals, and is why it is an obvious choice for anyone wanting to achieve or obtain quality and luxury. If you add to this it's fabulous resistance to corrosion, it really is … [Read more...]