Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

Leather Apron

By Jo Varney Let’s be honest, ‘Fathers’, or even men in general, can be extremely tricky to buy for. At this time of year, I have the unenviable task of finding multiple men’s gifts, as my husband’s birthday just happens to fall the week before Fathers Day, great! The key to a successful Father’s Day gift in my family at least is practicality. All the men I have to buy … [Read more...]

Chain Guide For Beginners

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A Beginner’s Guide To Different Types of Chain If you’re planning on including chain in your jewellery designs, you may want to understand the different types and style options that are available to you. Our handy guide to chain will help you understand all the options available to you, so you can choose a chain that complements your jewellery designs. To supplement … [Read more...]

Professional Silversmith Tools Guide: Our Top Five

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Our Top Five Professional Soldering Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier You may be new to soldering. You may have been soldering for years and formed your own techniques and tricks that make soldering jewellery simpler. But have you seen the latest in professional silversmith tools that could speed up your soldering process and make your jewellery production quicker? Take … [Read more...]

Different Types Of Buffing Wheels & Polishing Mops

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Which Wheels, Mops And Buffs Should I Use? The world of jewellery polishing equipment is vast and difficult to navigate when you first start out. Even as you build your kit of jewellery making tools and supplies, and create your own style of jewellery-making, knowing which wheels, mops and buffs to use for a professional finish can be complex. That’s why we’ve put together … [Read more...]

What’s New in Storage?

By Jo Varney Let’s face it; any well organised workshop needs good storage. We have all experienced (I’m sure) those frustrating situations when you can’t find your favourite pair of pliers or that carefully sourced stone, so take control of your work area and get prepared with some of our fabulous new storage solutions which are new this month. Magnetic Tool Holder 45cm … [Read more...]

Review: Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers

by Jo Varney Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers by Elizabeth Bone is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of silversmithing, suitable for the jeweller rather than the metal smith (sounds self explanatory, but it needs to be clarified). Other similar texts tend to adopt a generalised approach for those creating decorative objects rather than pieces to wear, but not this book … [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...]

Jewellery Making Storage Ideas

Good, functional storage is so essential for anyone working with numerous small components regardless of your profession. So when you consider the value of many of the items us jewellers and crafts people use on a daily basis, safe storage is an absolute must! It’s all too easy to put that precious piece of 18ct solder ‘safely’ to one side, only to lose it later underneath a … [Read more...]

Top Tools for Beginners

I can remember (some time ago) being given a tool list when I first went to University, which filled me with bewilderment and a good degree of trepidation! Of course I can look back now with some amusement as experience has taught me about the type of tools which are essential to my work, but also more importantly which ones I prefer to use. The tools of your trade will become … [Read more...]

Review: Wubbers Medium Bail Making Pliers

by Jo Varney ‘Wubbers.....Funny name, serious tools’ Ok, I will admit that when I first came across the ‘Wubbers’ brand I did have to do a double take. Wubbers, really? It sounds like something my three year old would talk about! However once you get past the bizarre name, what you discover is range of jewellery pliers which have been specifically designed for ‘shaping, … [Read more...]