The right tool for the job?

The right tool for the job?

Successful jewellery making requires the correct tools.  There are plenty of ways to improvise with items that you’ll find around the house but there comes a time in your jewellery making career when you can advance no further without a few tools.  Once you start your collection, you’ll want to keep building it. So in a series of articles about tools, we aim to give you an unbiased guide to what tools you might need, their uses and how to get the best out of them. Spend what you can afford.  With jewellery making tools, the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ really is true. And what you spend can be limitless. It is better to spend what you can afford than to buy cheap and keep replacing them. You’ll spend more in the long run. So once you have decided that jewellery making is for you, consider spending a little more and buy something that will last you well. A few carefully chosen good quality tools will last you a lifetime. In years to come you’ll have your favourite saw frame with it’s softly worn handle but no rust or tarnishing and you’ll be convinced that no other saw frame will cut in a straight line! Another important factor to bear in mind is that not all tools are made specifically for making jewellery and whilst there is room for household tools in your jewellery making kit, tools that are not used exclusively for making jewellery can pick up damage that will mark your piece so it’s worth keeping your jewellery tools well away from your household tool kit and taking the necessary time to care for them. If you treat your tools with respect and care, they will provide you with years of service.

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Don’t Let Going Away On Holiday Stop You Making Silver Earrings!

Delia took her daughter on holiday recently to Benidorm in Spain. Do you think it stopped her making Silver Jewellery whilst she was away in a foreign country? Not a chance! Check out her video below which shows you how easy it is to make silver earrings even when you’re thousands of miles from home.    

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What Exactly Is 925 Sterling Silver?

What Exactly Is 925 Sterling Silver?

What Exactly Is 925 Sterling Silver? By Ashley Shameli A great deal of silver jewellery available today is called 925 silver. Have you ever wandered why we in the jewellery trade add the number 925 in front of sterling silver? Before you part with your hard-earned money buying jewellery for yourself, or as a gift for someone else, it is worth finding out what exactly 925 silver is. Furthermore, it is important to understand why you must always insist that your silver jewellery is up to the high 925 standard. Before we look at what 925 silver is, we must first consider the properties of this fascinating metal. Pure silver is extremely malleable and therefore can easily damage. It also softens over time, even at room temperature. Obviously, in this state silver is useless for jewellery purposes. To avoid the problems of malleability and softening, and thus to increase the life-span of your silver jewellery, other metals are added to the pure silver. The result of this blending process with alloys is a combined silver and alloy substance which is far more resistant to scratching and damage. 925 sterling silver jewellery is actually a combination of 92.5% silver and usually 7.5% copper. Sometimes the craftsman replaces copper with another material, or even a combination of materials. Over the last decade lower copper prices and an abundance of copper due to improved refining techniques have made it the first choice of many designers and jewellery stylists. The beneficial properties gained by adding the copper to the pure silver have made the resulting product extremely popular with a host of silver craftsmen. Earrings, rings, bracelets and all other forms of jewellery can be carefully designed with the assurance that each intricate bend and turn will remain firmly in place. 925 silver...

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