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Make Your Own Silver Bling Ring

May 31, 2012
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Make Your Own Silver Bling Ring

  A beautiful sterling Silver Bling Ring, made using a Lampwork bead and Swarovski Crystal beads Lancaster Jewellery School have a new teaching facility offering Evening Courses, Saturday Courses and Intensive 5 day training for those who wish to progress quickly. Today they will teach you how to make this gorgeous ring and give tips on how we can do this at home.         Materials & Tools: Materials Needed You will need a tape measure, ring mandrel, round nose pliers, straight nose pliers, side cutters, and a hammer. 4 cm of 1mm silver wire 2 x 2.5cm of 0.7mm silver wire 1 x flat bead 1cm length 4 x 4mm round beads   Step 1 Forming the Ring Using the tape measure, measure the width of the widest part of your finger then slide the tape measure along the mandrel until it matches the measurement size of your finger, mark this point with masking tape or a washable marker. Wrap the silver around this point twice to make two circles and bend the remaining silver up at a right angle. You need a 1cm length to make a loop, using the side cutters remove the excess. Hammer the protruding ends flat on both sides.       Step 2 Loop Forming Using the round nose pliers turn a loop in the hammered protruding ends in opposite directions. Make sure you use the widest part of the pliers so you get a nice large loop. That’s the framework of the ring now finished.         Step 3 Turn a medium size loop in the 1mm wire using the round nose pliers, then thread on the lampwork bead and make a second loop on the other side, turning the loop in the opposite direction.   Step...

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Great Tips for Working with Silver Art Clay

May 27, 2012
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As we count down to the launch of our June online course video’s where we introduce you to Silver Art Clay for the first time, here are some great tips for working with Silver Art Clay in an article by Christine Grierer. Silver clay? What the heck is that? Silver clay, precious metal clay, art metal clay, and art clay silver are all different terms and types of “clay” that can be magically turned into silver and gold. These innovative metal clays were introduced to the North American market in the nineties. Jewelry enthusiasts and hobbyists can now form and shape expensive metal as easily as plasticine. Here is how it works. Gold and silver metal clays are composed of fine metal particles suspended in an organic binder. This binder enables you to mold and shape the clay as you would potter’s clay. When you are happy with the form, you let your project dry for a minimum of 24 hours ( or more ). You then fire it in a kiln or by employing a hand torch. The binder burns away, leaving the fused metal behind in the form you shaped it. Before you grab a pile of silver clay and go at it though, you will need to keep 1 or 2 rules under consideration. Silver clay is expensive, so you don’t want to waste it. Silver Clay Tips Here are a number of tips for working with silver clay : *Metal clays shrink 10-30% when fired. Be certain to check your package for shrinkage levels especially if you’re making rings or other objects that need to be exact fits. *Not all metal clays can be hand torch fired. If you will not be employing a kiln be sure to check that your type of silver clay...

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Make a Pair of Ear Rings Using Silver Art Clay – A Pictoral Guide

May 23, 2012
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If you have visited our site before, you will be aware of how much we enjoy working with Silver Art Clay. In a previous article, we have explained what it is and how to work with it. In advance of the release of June’s online course videos, where we introduce you to Silver Art Clay for the first time, we have put together a project guide to making a pair of ear rings using this unique and versatile medium. You don’t need much equipment to work with Silver Art Clay at home, indeed most of the things that you will need are probably lying around in your house already. You don’t need to buy big expensive pieces of equipment and your workshop can be quickly assembled on the kitchen table, without forcing your family to eat in the garden. And whilst we use equipment designed specifically for working with Silver Art Clay, as we go through the project, we’ll make suggestions of alternatives you might find at home to use instead. If you haven’t worked with Silver Art Clay before, or even if you have but you are embarking on something new, it can be a good idea to invest in some cheap modelling clay and practice with that first. This project is made using a 7 gram pack of Slow Dry Silver Art Clay. Are you ready? Here we go. The first things that you will need are a smooth, clean and dry surface to work upon, a playing card will do; some spacers to determine the depth to which you will role your clay, again, playing cards will do for this and something smooth and round to use to role your clay flat, an old piece of plastic piping for example, as long as it’s clean, some oil, some...

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Working with Silver Art Clay

May 14, 2012
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Working with Silver Art Clay

In June we will be publishing our latest on line course videos, focusing on working with Silver Art Clay. This is an interesting and versatile medium that is easy to use at home. The article below by Adam Hunter – E-commerce Marketing Manager of cooksongold.com explains more about working with Precious Metal Clay. Silver metal clay allows for an array of jewellery designs that are not possible with traditional silver-smithing techniques. Silver metal clay is made of pure silver molecules mixed with water and organic binders to form a clay. Once fired the binders burn away to leave almost pure silver, which can make stunning pieces for you to share. You can make almost anything with precious metal clay, with silver items looking particularly high quality. You can make anything from delicate bracelets to chunky rings. Silver clay allows you to make pieces for both men and women and looks great with any stone, gem or bead. There are varying degrees of difficulty, so you can create something yourself or follow an instruction guide depending on how easy or hard you want your piece to be. You can shape and use metal clay best on a slick, smooth surface in the same way ceramic clay is used. It can be pressed into moulds, textured using special plates or tools, made into three-dimensional work, or flat pieces. Silver metal clay can even be purchased in a paper form, which allows items, such as origami, to be made into solid pieces of silver. You don’t even need specialist tools when it comes to working with silver clay. Most use things from around the house to create shapes and imprint patterns onto the clay and some say using two stacks of playing cards a few inches apart on a flat sheet of...

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How to Remove Grease before Soldering – Hints and Tips Free Video

April 29, 2012
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How to Remove Grease before SOldering Video

In this free Silver Jewellery Making video, Janet shows you two different methods of removing grease from your metal before soldering. Was this video helpful? Please leave a quick comment below.

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Effective Emerying – Hints and Tips Free Video

April 29, 2012
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How to Emery Video

Janet explains ‘Effective Emerying’ in this free Hints and Tips Silver Jewellery Making video. Let us know your thoughts on this video, just leave your comments below.

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Soldering an Earwire – Hints and Tips Free Video

April 29, 2012
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How to solder an ear post Video

In this free Silver Jewellery Making Video, Janet shows you how to Solder an Earwire. Let us know what you think of this video, just leave a comment below.

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Drilling and Doming – Stage 1 Beginners Video

April 29, 2012
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In this video Delia shows you how to Drill a Hole in metal and explains the ‘Doming’ process. What did you think of the video? If you’ve got any questions about ‘Drilling’ and ‘Doming’ then please leave a note in the comments section below.

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Texturing and Forging – Stage 1 Beginners Video

April 29, 2012
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Janet produced this video tutorial which shows you how produce different patterns on metal using the ‘Texturing’ process. Janet also demonstrates the ‘Forging’ process. Watch the video below to find out what it’s all about. What did you think? Please leave us some feedback below and if you have any questions about Texturing and Forging, then please leave a comment below.

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Soldering and Annealing – Stage 1 Beginners Video

April 29, 2012
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This video produced by Janet, is aimed at ‘Beginners’ and explains and demonstates Soldering and Annealing techniques. If you’ve got any questions about this tutorial, or would like to leave some feedback, please leave us a quick note in the comments section below.

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