How To Make Bangles With the Durston Bangle Maker

durston bangle maker

There’s nothing better than discovering a jewellery making tool that helps speed up manufacturing and refines your designs. The Durston bangle maker (also known as the Durston forming die set) is one of those tools! It’s a great investment for those who spend a lot of time using hammers to shape precious metal bangles accurately. Not sure how to make bangles with the Durston … [Read more...]

How To Make A Cabochon Ring

cabochon ring on table

If you’re new to jewellery making and looking for a simple piece to get started with, look no further than a bezel set cabochon ring. You can experiment with different shaped and coloured cabochons to achieve the look you want. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide outlining how to make a cabochon ring, from the tools and materials you’ll need to the art of cabochon stone … [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

gold prong setting pendant with peridot cabochon

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...]

How to Make a Simple Silver Bead

silver bead on plaited leather bead carrier

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...]

How To Make Silver Solder

silver solder rods

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...]

Designer of the Month: Wallace Regelous

Great wave pendant

Jewellery designer Wallace Regelous favours her saw frame among her other jewellery tools, using it to create a variety of pieces featuring ivy, the sea and animals – and sometimes even a kinetic element. Read on to learn more about Wallace's work, the lessons she has learnt from her time in the industry and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, … [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 Sweat Soldering

Soldering Equipment

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. Sweat soldering is a two part process whereby solder is melted onto one surface, cleaned, positioned and re-heated to join a second surface. As the metal … [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...]