Articles

Make Your Own Silver Bling Ring

May 31, 2012
By
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...

Read more »

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

May 23, 2012
By
silver_01_127

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...

Read more »

A Brief History of Jewellery

January 28, 2011
By

The first Jewellery finds date back to as early as 100,000 years ago.  In this case Nassarius shells were used and holes drilled in them with a flint tool. They were found in Skhul cave on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Isreal. They were thought to be strung on some kind of cord and worn by the person.  These were thought to be the earliest form of jewellery. It is thought that jewellery was used as a sign of wealth or for showing others they were a member of a certain group.   Jewellery was important and had great meaning even thought to ward off evil.  It was also used as a way of holding hair up or to tie clothing. Earlier pieces were made of natural objects, such as stones, shells, wood, bone and feathers.  Later precious metals were used as they are today.  They skills used to create this precious metal jewellery, by hand, have changed very little over the years and when you begin to make a piece of jewellery yourself, you really appreciate the skills of the people in ancient times. Sources: BBC Science and environment website All about gemstones website Wikipedia – History of jewellery

Read more »

Article on Using Silver Clay worth a read

November 12, 2010
By

Hello Everyone, if you’re considering booking our 1 day course on making jewellery from Silver Clay then please take the time to read this article written by Adam Hunter from CooksonGold. It’s interesting to read and may help you decide whether or not to sign up. Personally Silver Clay is my favourite medium, it’s easy to use and the design possiblities are endless. Let me know what you think of the article.    Cheers Delia (START)  Whether you are an experienced jewellery maker or a complete beginner, silver metal clay is by far the easiest of the metal clays to use. The possibilities are endless; you can twist it, roll it, bend it, sculpt it, pull it or cut it and when fired it becomes pure, 99.9% silver. It’s a fun and exciting material which means you can be as creative as you like and you can make anything from decorative necklaces to wear at parties to gorgeous drop earrings as a Christmas present for your mum. But there are a few basics you need to know before making a start. You will firstly need a supply of silver art clay, which you can easily buy from jewellery suppliers. Silver art clay is the best clay for using at home as it requires a lower firing temperature than other metal clays. You will also need a wire brush for cleaning your silver clay after being fired, as there will be a remaining layer of clay that appears dull and uninteresting which needs to be removed before it is used or worn. You will also need somewhere or someway of firing your silver clay creation, but this doesn’t necessarily mean buying a proper kiln. Firing can be done at home with a pot that can be used with your gas stove or...

Read more »

s2Member®