Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

Every page of the Christmas Gift Guide is positively oozing with fantastic gift ideas, which practically have any jewellery maker salivating! Most jewellery makers will have a lot of jewellery making equipment and own loads of tools, but there are still new and exciting products out there which they would love to own. So, if you're thinking of what to get this Christmas, … [Read more...]

Great Gift Partners

One of the biggest mistakes made when buying gifts, is to choose something which simply can’t be used without the addition of another product like for example, a remote-control car without batteries or a colouring book without pens. Jewellery related gifts are no exception and to help prevent the worst from happening, we have put together a list of perfect gift partners to … [Read more...]

Growing in the world of jewellery making

The sheer amount of different jewellery making techniques varies enormously and can range from straightforward to incredibly complex. Some can be attempted with little to no experience whereas others take years to fully accomplish. However, once you start making, at what ever level you quickly find that one working method will lead directly on to another, and before you know … [Read more...]

Gemstone Terminology For Beginners

Gemstone Terminology

Interested in gemology? Or do you just want to know your refractive index from your gemstone lustre? If you’re interested in gemstone terminology, setting stones, and creating your own jewellery with them, you’re in the right place. Use our gemstone terminology beginners’ guide below and get to know more about your craft. Gemstone basics: how to refer to cut, shape and … [Read more...]

How To Make Tube Settings For Stones

How to Make Tube Settings for Gemstones

Setting gemstones can be a complex part of the jewellery making process. So, if you want to set your sights higher and graduate from simple ring and pendant making to more difficult stone set designs, tube setting stones is an excellent place to start. Learn how to make tube settings for stones in our step by step guide below. Before we begin, let’s get to know tube settings … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Natasha Cross

Jewellery maker Natasha Cross likes to create intricate silver pieces, as well as work with beads and wire. She describes her style as classic yet quirky, and thinks that jewellery making should be considered a sport. View some of her work, read about where she gets her inspiration from and more in this month’s Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about … [Read more...]

Setting Up A Jewellery Workshop At Home

Setting Up A Jewellery Workshop

If you’ve got the bug for making your own jewellery, there’s a good chance you’ll want to do it at home. You’ll be able to craft unique pieces of jewellery in the comfort of your own living space – it’s a win win! If this is something you’d like to try, there are a few key components you’ll have to sort out first – from getting the right equipment to understanding health and … [Read more...]

Christmas Clay Ideas

Clay in its various formats is a great medium to produce quick and varied designs. Fimo, PMC and modelling clay can all be utilised at this time of year to produce trinkets, charms and decorations that will give your Christmas that unique touch. When working with clay, the techniques used are fairly universal and can be applied, (for the most part), across the broad spectrum … [Read more...]

Jewellery Making Kits – PMC

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Kits can be a fun and cost-effective way to try something new without a huge outlay, but only if you utilise every component included. Here we take a look at a kit in depth and give you some tips on how to get the very most out of each and every item. Precious Metal Clay PMC3 Silver Clay Fingerprint Jewellery Kit (Product Code 855 053) Contents includes: PMC3 9g – … [Read more...]

Etching Vs Engraving: What’s The Difference?

Etching Vs Engraving: What's the Difference?

Looking to try your hand at etching or engraving? Both are great for creating unique, personal designs, but it can be tricky figuring out which is the best process for you. To help you understand the fundamentals of each technique, we’ll talk you through the difference between etching and engraving and what each involve so you can make a more informed decision. Learn more … [Read more...]