The magic of Fold Forming metals

By ange cammidge on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

What is fold forming metals? I love this subject, it is often one of the most helpful ways for me to overcome creative block, especially after a break from making like the summer holidays. If you’ve never tried it then it’s certainly well worth a look. So first of all – what is it? Fold […]

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Tips for using the Jeweller’s Piercing Saw

By ange cammidge on Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Jewellery making Using a jeweller’s piercing saw Sawing is one of those skills that you just cannot do without. Love it or hate it – we all need it! Using a jeweller’s piercing saw is an essential skill for creating intricate, custom metal shapes for your designs. Beginners find it very difficult and I have […]

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Jewellery filing, finishing and polishing

By ange cammidge on Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Jewellery making Filing, finishing and polishing Towards the end of every masterpiece you make there’ll be the obligatory finishing and polishing stage. You know how it goes, you’ve designed, constructed and even got through all the soldering, you are one step away from wearing. Then there’s the filing, finishing with emery paper and polishing – […]

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Mosaic Making

By ange cammidge on Monday, August 14th, 2017

An age old pastime, mosaic making is a form of creative endeavour that was used extensively by the Romans to depict decorative imagery. Especially in temples and bath houses. It has proved to be an invaluable record of history. In modern times mosaic tiles are still used in our own domestic bathrooms and kitchens today. […]

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Pricing Jewellery to sell

By ange cammidge on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

How to Price hand-made jewellery At some point on your silver jewellery making journey you will find yourself trying to work out how much to charge for something you have made. Pricing jewellery to sell can be daunting for both beginners and experienced makers who have never sold anything before. It is important to get […]

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Jewellery Repairs and the Novice Jewellery Maker

By ange cammidge on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Triumphs or tears & tantrums, pitfalls & problems? Let’s take a moment to consider repairs. So, you’ve attended the beginner’s weekend, started weekly classes and now you are proudly wearing your initial masterpieces. Pretty soon your friends and family will start to coo and adore your creations, handing out praise and asking “ooh will you […]

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Silver plating for the hobbyist and studio jeweller.

By ange cammidge on Monday, March 14th, 2016

Why silver plate? Silver plating is a great option available for jewellery makers. Silver has risen in price quite dramatically in recent years and continues to be a fairly unstable, volatile stock market commodity. Therefore silver plating offers a cheaper alternative to solid silver, especially for individuals making jewellery purely as a hobby for themselves. […]

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Tweezers for Jewellery Making

By ange cammidge on Friday, February 5th, 2016

Soldering? It’s all about tweezers! As the seasoned silversmiths amongst you will already know – your tweezers for jewellery making are one of the most important tools you will need whilst soldering. There are many different types available to use within this subject and all have a specific role in the studio. So here’s a […]

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Solder Paste, what it is and when to use it.

By ange cammidge on Friday, January 29th, 2016

Jewellery making Solder paste, friend or foe? I have a reputation for being against the use of solder paste. Many a time I see furtive glances across the studio during setting up for soldering, when the use of paste is on the agenda. However my reputation is unfounded. I am not against the use of […]

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