Tool Storage around the Bench

Good tool storage is essential in any well organised work space regardless of size. It can save you time, as well as prolonging the life of the tools themselves, so is well worth the investment. Keeping a clear working area can be tricky when you have a large number of tools that you frequently need to grab. The key to good bench storage is having items stored in such a way … [Read more...]

How To Clean Jewellery Using Elma Ultrasonics

ultrasonic jewellery cleaner

Does your jewellery need an extra boost to restore it to its former self before selling? Cleaning jewellery with an ultrasonic can provide just that, leaving your pieces looking as good as new. Whether you’re looking to clean a bracelet, rings or a necklace, just follow our step-by-step guide to find out what you need to do! Discover how to clean jewellery using Elma … [Read more...]

What Is The Lost Wax Casting Process?

Wax Casting Jewellery

One of the oldest methods of jewellery making around, lost wax casting dates back to the 3rd century BC. Having been lost and rediscovered many times throughout history, the lost wax casting process is still used today for casting metal alloys. Keep on reading to find out what the lost wax process is and how you can use it for jewellery making. What is lost wax casting? Lost … [Read more...]

Top Polishing Tips

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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...]

How to Make a Mould for Resin Casting

Resin Casting Mould

Want to learn how to make a silicone mould for resin casting? It’s simple. Pick up the Flexi Mould Silicone Compound and use our step by tutorial below. You’ll soon be able to make your own resin mould and create resin jewellery pieces that are completely unique to you. How to make resin moulds at home Selecting an object for resin mould making The first thing you’ll need to … [Read more...]

Make a Art Clay Silver Leaf Pendant

We partnered with Emma Seward, a budding jeweller and gardener, to create this Art Clay Silver Leaf Pendant tutorial. The piece clearly shows how Emma loves to create pieces that combine these two loves. Read on to see her step-by-step guide: Materials and Tools list  Art Clay Silver 10g paste  Silver embeddable bail Ultra Polishing Pads Pack of 20 Emery Stick … [Read more...]

Book Review: Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads

Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads By Mortira Natasha vanPelt

By Jo Varney Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads By Mortira Natasha vanPelt Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads is essentially a beading guide produced by the popular craft publisher Search Press. It is perhaps a little different to others you may have encountered in that the premise is based solely on the Ancient Worlds of Egypt, Greece and Rome. The idea being to forge a link between … [Read more...]

Book Review: Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths

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By Jo Varney Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths - 999 A190 This is a quiet and unassuming paperback book which could go unnoticed quite easily if you weren’t looking out for it. It isn’t flashy or attention grabbing and contains no unnecessary, lengthy descriptions where they are not needed. Instead, this little book is chock full of fabulous jewellery … [Read more...]

Jewellers Workbench Comparison: Part Two

Durston Workbench

Durston Jewellers Student Workbench Pro - 999 7219 There are many factors to consider when purchasing a work bench. Previously in Part 1, we looked at budget, size, height and storage. In part 2 we will go on to focus on bench pegs, comfort features, construction and scrap which are all things to think about when contemplating a new bench. A bench peg/pin is your main … [Read more...]