Top Polishing Tips

polishing

Achieving a beautiful finish is a crucial stage of jewellery production and can really make or break a piece. Polishing can be extremely daunting at first as there are many stages involved in achieving a successful shine so to take some of the pain out of polishing, we have put together some top tips to help you on your way to a flawless finish. Pumice Powder: is an abrasive … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Debbie Briggs

Debbie Briggs

Jewellery maker Debbie Briggs or Debonair Creations designs easy on the eye pieces that are simple but accentuate the gemstones she is working with. View some of her work, read about where she gets her inspiration from and more in this Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making … [Read more...]

Semi Precious Stones: Alternative Trends in Rings

Stone trends in jewellery making

When talking about stone set rings, the conversation tends to be dominated by diamonds thanks to their ever-enduring popularity but are there more precious stones worth looking into for your jewellery making? With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the many alternatives which are catching the attention of customers. After all with such a vast … [Read more...]

How to Solder Chain

How to Solder Chain

Soldering chain links is a fiddly business. But there are some techniques you can use to make sure that you’re getting it right each time. Use our step by step guide below to help you learn how to solder silver chain and gold chain using some basic principles. Soldering chain links: What are you up against? Whether a large part of your business is jewellery chain repair or … [Read more...]

How To Make Byzantine Chain

how-to-make-byzantine-chain

Looking for a new jewellery making technique to diversify your designs? Learning how to make byzantine chain or a byzantine weave is an excellent way of branching out into different looks that could become the basis of a new collection. Follow our step by step guide below on making byzantine chain. Once you’ve got the basics, you can then use this technique to create not … [Read more...]

Jewellery Chain Repair: Everything You Need To Know

jewellery-chain-repair

Repairing jewellery for your customers is often a large part of business that comes through your doors unexpectedly, and can be a good way of making some extra money alongside your jewellery designs. So it pays to know the ins and outs of jewellery chain repair. From basic repairs to soldering chain links, we’ve put together this jewellery chain repair guide so that you can … [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...]

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

solder paste

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

how-to-solder-silver-to-copper

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...]

Books Perfect for Jewellery Makers This Christmas

Metal Patination Techniques For Jewellers and Metalsmiths by Matthew Runfola

A good book to read over the Christmas break can take many forms. Maybe you like comedy, period dramas or perhaps a bit of crime fiction? If you or a jeweller you know prefers to take a more factual approach on the other hand, our non-fiction jewellery making books might just be what you are looking for. We stock a wide selection of texts, covering a broad range of creative … [Read more...]