Setting cabochon stones

By ange cammidge on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

The joy of Cabochon Stones in a simple rub over setting. Those of you who have been making your own jewellery for even a short length of time may have already been tempted and seduced by the glittering loveliness of stones. I know that I couldn’t wait to have a go when I first started […]

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

By ange cammidge on Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Jewellery making Solder paste 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 paste at all […]

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Tweezers for Jewellery Making

By ange cammidge on Friday, September 14th, 2018

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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Hallmarking your silver jewellery

By ange cammidge on Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Hallmarking your work – where to start. If you start selling your silver jewellery to the general public it will need to be hallmarked. Hallmarking is done at the Assay Office, the nearest one to Silverpetal studio is the Sheffield office. The address is: Guardian’s Hall, Beulah Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield, S6 2AN. Set-up costs To […]

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Working Precious Metal Clay In To Your Designs

By ange cammidge on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Precious metal clay Precious metal clay or pmc is a great addition to your jewellery making skills. If you’ve not tried using pmc yet then read on…… What is precious metal clay? First of let’s just explain what this magical material is and how it came about. Precious metal clay is made up of tiny […]

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Creative Block and how to banish it.

By ange cammidge on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Jewellery making process Creative block The nightmarish enemy of creativity. Anyone who is undertaking any kind of creative endeavour will suffer from creative block at some point. When it happens it can be a real devil to get out of and even quite distressing as you can convince yourself that it’s here for good! First […]

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Pliers for jewellery making and what they do

By ange cammidge on Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Ahh – lovely pliers. If you are one of the jewellery making crowd then you will already have or will have used pliers of some description whilst working. Like most of our tools – we take them for granted, throw them around, drop them, abuse them but most of all – cannot be without them. […]

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Versatile Polymer Clay

By ange cammidge on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Versatile polymer clay One of the easiest and best ways to add interest to your jewellery is with wonderful, versatile polymer clay. A medium that is vastly under-rated and very under used. Most of you will have experienced it purely as a wet weekend activity with the kids. However, this is not the only use […]

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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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