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Wirework For Beginners Part 1

March 28, 2012
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How to make Jewellery Videos

In part one of this series you will learn how to make a loop, how to make basic findings: a simple clasp; a double wire stronger clasp; a hook and eye and more simple wirework techniques. This will give you the confidence to move onto more complex projects.

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Sterling Silver Wire Heart with Swarovski Crystals

March 28, 2012
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Wire work Project 1 :- Learn how to make this beautiful silver wire heart using a round form and basic pliers. This can then be formed into a Pendant or make two for a pair of Earrings

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Caged Bead Earrings made with Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystal

March 28, 2012
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Learn how to cage a bead and decorate with a silver spiral. Step by step instructions will teach you how to make this beautiful pair of earrings using a basic set of pliers.

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Silver Jewellery Making for Beginners Part 1

March 28, 2012
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Welcome to the first four lessons in our Jewellery Making Series – ‘Silver Jewellery Making for Beginners Part 1. The first 4 lessons cover: Marking Out, Cutting Out, Filing and Emerying and Finishing. Lesson 1 :- Marking Out In this video which Delia recorded, you will learn the various methods of transferring designs onto your metal including: use of double sided sticky tape; transferring complex designs using carbon paper, and the pin prick method. Also covered in this lesson: how to draw straight lines, parallel lines, and circles using steel tools.   Lesson 2 :- Cutting Out (Piercing) In this video tutorial, Delia shows you how to fit your blade to the saw frame, correct seating position which is important to avoid back problems. How to saw straight lines, right angles and curves. How to pierce out inner shapes. What to do if the blade gets stuck.   Lesson 3 :- Filing and Emerying The skills of filing and the use of emery paper will be covered in this video tutorial. Delia will also show you which file to use for which job and the effective use of emery paper using the lapping technique. You will begin to learn how to use filing as a way of enhancing the design of your piece and how to create a 3D effect.   Lesson 4 :- Finishing In this video, Janet will cover various different methods of finishing a piece. The high shine finish, satin and matt finishes will be shown. The motor polisher, hand held polisher, burnisher, garyflex and wire wool will all be used to demonstrate the various finishes. Hope you found our video tutorials useful, if so please leave us some feedback. Also if you think we can improve them we would love to hear from you as...

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Silver Clay Classes

March 23, 2012
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How TO make Silver Clay Earrings

Silver Clay is very similar to potters clay, it can be sculptured into many forms and shapes, but once fired when all the water and binder is removed you are left with 0.999 fine silver, it’s unbelievable until you see it. On the 17th March I was joined by Ann-Marie Perry and Kit Lee. Here are some pictures of what they made. Neither Ann or Kit had used Silver Clay before and both produced some nice pieces! I demonstrated how to make jewellery using cutting tools and stencils, then moving on to making silicon moulds, replicating buttons etc.  We also looked at finishing with Liver of Sulphur to add colour and depth to the piece. If you would like to experience working with Silver Clay please see our courses page for details. We have one day courses and 3 day courses available. Delia

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Apprentice Blog number three : Learning to be patient.

December 7, 2011
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Apprentice Blog number three : Learning to be patient.

  Ella here. For the past few weeks (since my last update) I have been working solidly on my first ring. I didn’t choose the simplest piece to start my ring making off with. The design itself is simple; the creating, not so. It involves two strips of 1mm sheet silver cut to 7.5mm wide, soldered next to each other so that ultimately, the ring is 1cm wide in total. Why not use one piece of 1cm thick silver I hear you ask? Many times I asked myself that question when battling with the soldering issues I had…however the idea behind this design was so that there is a clear definition (a sort of ‘valley’ shape) between the two pieces. So I started off with a 1cm wide, 7cm long piece of silver. My first task was to saw exactly down the middle of this to create my two 5mm wide pieces. I managed this relatively well…with only a few wonky patches! Now came the tricky bit. In order to solder the two bits back together (plus the ‘valley’ design feature), they have to fit together perfectly with no gaps or the solder won’t bind the two bits together. I decided to fit together the two sides that hadn’t just cut down the middle of (which would technically have fit together perfectly, but hey I like to test myself…). One of these sides I was using had been machine cut, and the other cut by Janet. The machine side, sorry to say Janet, was far straighter making my life very difficult. Trying to file away at one side so it fits perfectly to the other side is easier said than done. You spend ten minutes labouring away at one section only to find you’ve filed too much away and...

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Casting Using Cuttle Fish

November 3, 2011
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We kick started the half term with a lesson on casting using cuttle fish in the advanced class. This was great fun, though not a 100% successful, it is difficult to maintain the temperature of the silver, or to get it hot enough to pour successfully through the funnel into the mould. We will be having another go next week though! In our beginners class everyone successfully cut out their first piece in copper and Sarah who joined last term soldered her first piece. Another enjoyable night, I’m looking forward to seeing some new designs this term. If you’ve worked with cuttle fish please let us know how you got on, we’ll be taking photo’s next Wednesday in the second class so look out for the update.

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First blog for the first apprentice!

July 6, 2011
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First blog for the first apprentice!

Well hello, my name is Ella Sadler-Andrews and I am the Lancaster Jewellery Maker’s first ever apprentice! I’ve been meaning to introduce myself for quite sometime now, but as I will explain in this first post, my life isn’t quite so straight forward. Firstly, I would like to thank the women behind The Jewellery Maker for giving me this opportunity to learn a new trade and to write about something new and exciting. I’m going to be using this blog almost as a diary. The art of jewellery making is a whole new world to me. I’m going to be learning all sorts of new skills, and at the same time, writing about it. I enjoy writing, I enjoy learning; what could be better than blogging my experiences? I think it’s important I share a bit about me so I don’t seem such a stranger… I am nineteen years old, currently sharing my time between the family house in Lancaster and a shared house in Zichem, Belgium. Why Belgium? I’m a full-time cyclist. I race road bikes for a living. It’s a strange life and not a lot of people fully understand how it works. Although my cycling team is British, the racing in Belgium is far better and more frequent than back in the UK. Hence my residence out here. Being a cyclist involves a lot of training, resting and well, coffee drinking. To put it simply, I have a lot of free time. I currently write a blog for my team and one for a cycling website. I don’t go to University, I have no want to go to Uni. I love to learn, but I had fourteen years of school. I’ve grown out of a ‘typical’ education. I prefer  to learn in new and exciting ways....

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The Jewellery Maker – October 2010

September 19, 2010
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The Jewellery Maker – October 2010

Two local business women and keen silversmiths have joined forces to open a new jewellery making facility at White Cross Industrial Estate in Lancaster. The Jewellery Maker runs one-day events, courses and workshops in silver jewellery making, silver clay, beading, casting and stone setting. The courses are targeted to an individual’s particular skills from the beginner right up to the accomplished jewellery maker. The facilities are also available on an hourly basis at drop in workshops, for more experienced silversmiths who no longer need tuition. The premises include professional work stations equipped with all the tools required to produce beautiful hand made jewellery. Silver, beads, silver clay and stones can be purchased at very competitive prices and are usually bought on a project-by-project basis. There is also a facility for students to display and sell items they have made. The courses will be taught by Janet Fraser, a jeweller with many years experience. “I have been designing and creating jewellery for over 15 years and I’m really excited about this new venture,” Janet says. “Our aim is to teach the traditional methods of jewellery making using original techniques. We want to provide a friendly meeting place for people to come and unleash their creativity. I’m looking forward to being able to pass on some of my enthusiasm to others and providing a happy and friendly atmosphere to work and learn in.” The person behind the idea for The Jewellery Maker is Delia Hamer who established  a successful local ironing business, Ion, in 2005.  She now concentrates all her energies and time to The Jewellery Maker. “I became interested in silver jewellery making three years ago and joined a friend on the jewellery making class at The Adult College.  Her passion for jewellery making grew and she decided to look...

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Welcome to The Jewellery Maker

September 12, 2010
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Welcome to The Jewellery Maker, a friendly meeting place for anyone wanting to learn or develop their skills in jewellery making.  Come and join one of our courses, learn a new hobby, make new friends and unleash your creativity.  It’s great fun! We offer courses in Silver Smithing, Silver Clay, Wirework, Macrame and Beading.  Our courses are targeted to your particular skills, whether you’re a beginner, or a more accomplished jewellery maker looking for suitable facilities to design and make your pieces. We offer professional, well-equipped work stations and provide all the tools you need, to produce beautiful hand made jewellery.  ”Helping you bring your creative ideas to life”.      

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