We’re back! Rediscovering Hatton Garden…

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The London Jewellery School has returned to Hatton Garden! Our new address is

Rear Ground Floor Studio,

New House,

67-68 Hatton Garden,

London EC1N 8JY

We are excited to be back in London’s world famous jewellery quarter among some of our favourite stockists and suppliers. We hope you get a chance to have a browse in the shops when you visit us for a class (although please note most are open week days only).

Here is a rundown of some of our neighbours!

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49 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8YS

Just across the road from us is Cookson Gold. Selling a wide range of materials and tools, take advantage of their click and collect service when you know what you want or take a ticket to get some advice and help.

 

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HS Walsh

44 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8ER

Specialising in tools and equipment, visit the Hatton Garden showroom for friendly help and advice.

 

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Bellore Rashbel

39 Greville Street, London, EC1N 8PJ

A lovely place to spend a lunchtime when you’re at a course with us browsing the gemstone beads, stones, chain and more.

 

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Ward Gemstones

1st Floor, 86 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8QQ

Specialising in precious and semi-precious gemstone beads and stones, another place to visit at lunchtime! Just buzz the Ward buzzer and go up to the first floor.

 

Goldsmiths Company

The Goldsmiths Company assay office

17 Greville Street, London, EC1N 8SH

We are now very conveniently located for the hallmarking services at the assay office in Greville Street

 

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Just Castings

18 St. Cross Street, London, EC1N 8UN

For casting, plating, mould making and more visit Just Castings

 

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Lynco

69-71 Farringdon Road, London, EC1M 3PL

If you are looking for packaging and display items for your jewellery Lynco is not far away

 

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Rear Ground Floor Studio, New House, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY

And of course there is our own pop up shop! We are open seven days a week and stock a small range from Metal Clay Ltd, and Shangri-La Gems.

And if you are itching to come and visit us in our lovely new home, don’t forget that we are offering 25% off all day, evening and taster courses booked before the end of July (you just need to have booked them not taken them!) using the discount code 01071601 at checkout!
Do you have any favourite shops in and around Hatton Garden? Where do you recommend? Let us know in the comments below

 

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

Saul Bell Award Winners 2016!

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It’s time to take a break! Grab yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit and enjoy some inspiring jewellery!

 

The Saul Bell Design Award is a jewellery design competition which awards ‘an original vision, a fresh take on traditional methods and materials and a mastery of your craft’

The award is split into six categories, with five finalists per category (seven finalists in the emerging artist category).

 

The six categories are

  • Gold/platinum
  • Silver/argentium
  • Metal clay
  • Enamel
  • Holloware
  • Alternative metals/materials
  • Emerging artist

 

We shared with you on social media the finalists of the Saul Bell Award and now the winners have been announced! Prepared to be inspired by the winners (and I recommend a look at all the finalists whose work is just astounding).

 

Gold/platinum

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 “The Queen” by Garen Garibian (USA)

 

Silver/Argentium

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“Unity” by Seung  Jeon Paik (USA)

 

Metal Clay

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“Adore” by Rodica Frunze (Canada)

 

Enamel

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“On The Wing” by Debbie Sheezel (Australia)

 

Hollowear

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“Mace”by Tom Ferrero (USA)

 

Alternative metals/ materials

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“Moonshine” by Zoltan David (USA)

Emerging Artist

 

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“L’oiseau de la nuit” by Justine Quintal (Canada)

Which is your favourite piece? Let us know in the comments below!

Author: Anna Campbell

 

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

FREE Jewellery Making Workshop on 23rd & 24th July @Southbank Centre from 12-4pm!

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Fancy doing a spot of making this weekend?  We would love to you join our founder, Jessica Rose, for a FREE jewellery making workshop as part of Fashion Undressed Festival at the Southbank Centre on 23rd and 24th July from 12-4pm!

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You will learn how to make a funky perspex charm bracelet which is yours to keep and there will be loads of other workshops celebrating style and creativity – from the street to the catwalk, along with art, culture and performance.  It is sure to be a great day out!

For more information about the event  click here!

We hope to see you there!

Displaying your Jewellery at Craft Fairs and Market

If you are doing any summer craft fairs you’ve probably been preparing your stock and deciding your pricing. It’s now time to turn your attention to your display. Here are some ideas and advice from tutor Anna Campbell from her own experiences of selling at Spitalfields and Camden Lock markets in London, on attracting attention and making the most of your space.

 

1. Space

Firstly, check how much space you will have and what will be provided by the organisers. Do you need to bring your own table? Lighting (I have sold at a market where you had to bring your own lightbulbs!)? Table covering?

Once you have the full details, mark out the size of space you will have on a table at home and play around with displaying your work.

 

2. Preparation

Make a full list of what you need to bring with you, see the blog post craft market checklist, for help with this.

 

3. Labelling your products

Many customers don’t like to ask the price and worry you may be charging them more than others if you don’t display your pricing. I suggest either labelling each item clearly or, a technique I used was to bring slate tiles and chalk pens. That way I was able to change my pricing through the day if I decided to or to create offers e.g. buy two for £XX.

 

4. Innovative and eye catching displays

Having a theme for your display can help you stand out from the crowd. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about what could work for your jewellery.

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J Crew ice cream jewellery display

 

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Planting some seeds for the future pendant by Ornella Iannuzzi on display at Liberty

 

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Earring display from Buzzle

 

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Clipboard display from Swirl Marketing

 

5. Framing your jewellery

 

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Frame your earrings from Broke and Healthy

 

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Umbrella earring display from  Georgie Designs

 

6. Using height

Don’t forget to use height in your display to maximise the amount of space you have and so that people can see some of your work from a distance. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

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Bracelet display riser from Uniq Display

 

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Jewellery display from Packaging World

 

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Branches display idea from Joana’s creative notes

 

We’d love to see photos of your jewellery displays. Please share them with us in the comments below or via our instagram, twitter or facebook pages.

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

Craft Market Checklist

In preparation for the summer craft markets, tutor Anna Campbell provides a comprehensive checklist to help you prepare for bumper sales!

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Source: http://www.greertonvillage.org.nz/monthly-greerton-craft-market/

1. Arrangements

Make sure you know everything you need to know before the day

  • What time can you arrive from?
  • Can you park nearby? Nearest station, cost etc
  • What is provided and what do you need to bring?

 

2. Selling

It’s a good idea to have a variety of stock – different types of jewellery and price points. Ensure your stock is labelled with the price, many customers don’t like to ask the price and feel like you may be charging them more than others if you don’t display your pricing.

  • Stock
  • Price labels
  • Business cards/flyers
  • Packaging
  • Signage e.g. a sign with your business name and social media handles
  • Wheely suitcase (I travelled to markets by train so had to be able to fit everything in a suitcase!)

 

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3. Display

  • Display items
  • Table cloth
  • Clear plastic sheeting (useful if you’re outside and it starts to rain!)
  • Market stall clips (excellent for clipping your table cloth etc to the table)

(we will have a blog post coming up on ideas for displaying your jewellery so keep an eye out for that!)

 

4. Payment

  • Secure change wallet
  • Change (go for round number prices as it makes giving change much easier!)
  • Card payment machine e.g. izettle
  • Fully charged mobile phone

 

5. Comfort

  • Layers of clothing
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Chair
  • Cardboard to stand on (if it’s a cold day and you’re outside it provides insulation!)
  • Flask of tea or coffee
  • Food
  • Helper who can take over when you need to toilet!

 

6. Miscellaneous

  • Pen
  • Cloths

What have we missed? Do you have any advice for people selling at craft markets for the first time? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

The Jewellery School is now Closed until 11th July while we move digs :-)

 

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That’s right!  We are on the move and cannot wait to show you our lovely new studios!

Just a final reminder that we will be closed from 7th -10th July and will reopen on 11th July at our new address in Hatton Garden.

We will have limited phone and email access whilst between workshops so do message us via Facebook if there is anything urgent.

Looking forward to sharing photos of our lovely new digs:-)

Festival Style

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Anna Campbell has been looking at jewellery – festival style!

Apparently summer is coming. Apparently. When summer comes we optimistically think we might be able to spend an extended period of time outside. Some years we’re right. Sometimes, well, summer is a bit more intermittent!

Are you going to any festivals this summer? When I think of festivals I usually think of music festivals like Glastonbury or the Isle of Wight (I know it’s called Bestival now but I can’t quite get used to that!). However, there are now many more local festivals, literary festivals, arts festivals etc – as well as the more traditional open air music events; meaning whatever your age and interests there is probably a festival out there for you. As long as there’s glamping. And real bathrooms. Or at least a camper van. (How do you find your tent again in a sea of identical tents from Millets in the dark? Especially if you’ve enjoyed a glass of Pimms or two?).

According to Glamour magazine, the festival fashion essentials for the UK are a warm jacket, slouchy jumper and a hardy pair of shorts. I think I’d add comfortable shoes to that but perhaps I am showing my age (or belief in comfort over fashion!). Oh and a head torch. OK, I admit, a head torch may be the opposite of fashion but it’s essential nonetheless if you ever want to find your tent again before morning.

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SOMERSET, ENGLAND – JUNE 26: Festival goers dance in the mud in front of the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, at the 2004 Glastonbury Festival, 26 June 2004. The festival spans over 3 days and runs until June 27. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Traditionally, festival jewellery has included the less expensive, more throw away items; you really don’t want to lose a platinum diamond necklace in a field!

With the definition of a festival shifting and changing it’s hard to really pinpoint ‘festival style’ but I think when we go, whatever our age, we are definitely channelling a 60s and 70s vibe. I suspect that vibe comes from seeing footage of American festivals like Woodstock and mistakenly forgetting that while it’s actually warm and dry in New York in the summer it may not be in the UK. And then we end up rolling in mud like Glastonbury 2009. Apparently the medics there prepare for treating trench foot. TRENCH. FOOT.

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Beaded bracelet from Collections by Hayley

 

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Bunting necklace from Tatty Devine

 

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Hippie chic friendship bracelet from OOAKjewlz

 

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Feather drops and ear cuff from Claire’s Accessories

 

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Rings and bracelets from Thomas Sabo

 

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Fake septum ring from Elisha Francis

 

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Feather ear cuff from Feathers and Thread UK

 

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Bohemian coin necklace from Indie and Harper

 

Some final advice – make sure your phone is charged up. My Mum and Dad lost each other for a whole day at the Isle of Wight festival in 1970. I can’t quite believe they found each other again. Or that they saw Jimi Hendrix. Now that is a festival experience to remember.

 

Are you going to any festivals this year? We’d love to know which and your festival survival tips! Please share them with us in the comments below or via our instagram, twitter or facebook pages.

Author:  Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

Summer Sale! Take 25% off all Day, Evening and Taster Classes Booked in July!

 

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To celebrate our move to our brand new studios in Hatton Garden (in case you missed the news we are moving from 7th – 10th July – Hooray!) we are holding a SUMMER SALE!

We are offering you 25% off all day, evening and taster classes booked in July (they just need to be booked not taken!).  Please note that Certification Classes, Class Packages and Diploma Courses are excluded from the Sale.

And that doesn’t just mean classes taking place in July, but includes every full day, evening or taster class on the website right now!

To book, use discount code 01071601 at checkout via our webshop or you can call us and pay over the phone on 020 3176 0546 !

We have added lots of new silver, wax and metal clay dates until the end of the year to the timetable (including some fab new stone setting, wax and guided workshops) so have a look and see what course you fancy!

We haven’t raised our prices in over 5 years and as such there will be a slight increase in our course prices come August to take into account the rising cost of materials and consumables.  So if you have your eye on a particular course, now is most definitely the time to book as you will get a real bargain!

We are looking forward to seeing you all at our new studios!

 

 

Adventures in Stone Setting – Collet Setting Class

Adventures in Stone Setting

I have been working with silver for over 5 years now and during this time I have taken lots of short courses to improve and expand my skills.  One of my favourite skills to learn is stone setting, as I am a bit of a magpie and just love adding a bit of sparkle to my designs.  I have pretty much mastered setting cabochons, flush setting and tube setting, and these setting types feature regularly in my designs.  However, I was recently commissioned to remodel a 30-year old engagement ring that had sadly broken beyond repair in a tapered collet design to fit non standard-size stones.  So to help me do this very special commission justice, I booked onto the London Jewellery School’s new Collet Setting Class with tutor Penny Akester to learn how to make collet settings from scratch from silver sheet metal!  And I thought it might be useful for you to find out how I got on!

The class was on a Sunday morning and so my lovely husband watched my energetic two boys for the day as I made my way into London for my first proper day off in ages!  After we all arrived and chatted about our jewellery making experience and what we were going to be covering,  the first thing we did was measure our stone to understand its width and height and to sharpen our pencils so they were sharp and super precise!

1. Doing the Maths!

Then it was time to really pay attention, as we had to use a very specific set of steps to carefully mark out our semi-circle shape or template that is the perfect size for your stone.  I am not going to lie – it was a little

bit tricky as maths has never been my strong point, but Penny guided us through it every step of the way.  Soon we all had our templates marked out and were ready to stick to our metal as a guide for sawing out our shapes (the easy bit!).

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2. Shaping the collets

This part was a little fiddly basically because you are working with relatively small pieces of silver!  I made sure my silver was very well annealed and we used pliers and hammers (and the bench!) to bring the ends of our semi-circle shape together with a good join. But after a little bit of effort (and a bit of perfecting by Penny who has stronger fingers than me!) my ends were flush.  It was then a matter of soldering the ends together.  I would strongly recommend anyone doing this course to be confident with soldering as their are multiple joins involved in creating these rings!

I then took a bit of time to clean up the joins (inside and out) so there was no excess solder, and lightly sanded the cones before hammering in the collet block.

3. Hammering on the block

Similar to when making a round silver ring, although my cone was nicely soldered it was in no way round and perfectly cone shaped, so this is where we put the collet blocks to good use!  These are almost liked cone-shaped ‘moulds’ with an accompanying ‘punch’ to make the cone round and tapered at the perfect angle.  You can buy collet blocks from the likes of Cookson Gold, H S Walsh or Cousins UK – the round ones are reasonably priced but you pay a lot more for shape ones such as square, pear and oval so you will want to be sure you are using these shapes regularly before investing in fancy shape ones.  I found it easiest to take this part slowly (and annealing where needed) and gradually work up the different size collet blocks regularly checking how my stone was fitting.  Make sure you hammer on the collet block over a gap in your benchpeg or a vice otherwise you risk damaging your punch which pokes through the other side!

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A 17 degree round collet block.

Once the collet was the right shape we filed the edges flat to adjust the height of the collet, and used emery paper to get nice edges on the top and the bottom.

4. Soldering the collet to the ring shank

As we were learning the technique we used pre-fabricated silver knife-edge ring shanks for our rings which was a big time saver and let us focus on making the collets and setting the stones.  I think it would have been tight to cover everything had we had to create our own ring shanks as well.

So it was straightforward to solder the collet and the ring shank together by carefully positioning the collet and shank with the collet face down and using reverse action tweezers to hold everything in place.  As we had used hard solder to solder the seam of the collet I used easy solder to solder the ring shank and head together.

5. Burring the seat

Once our rings were soldered and pickled I spent quite a bit of time sanding and polishing the rings ready for setting the stones.   We were shown 2 techniques for setting the stones

– the first where the stone sits inside the collet and you thin the collet wall from the outside (creating a facet round the edge), and

  • The first involves the stone sitting in side your collet with the girdle of the stone sitting just below the top of the collet.  We were shown how to thin the collet wall on the outside (creating a facet round the edge
  • The second was for the collet to be slightly larger than that stone and using a round ball burr or setting burr to burr a seat for the stone.

I opted for burring a seat using an 8mm setting burr so that my collet was 0.5mm larger than my stone (although I could have stretched it further in the collet block to do setting option 1 but I was too impatient!).

We did this by hand using the burr in a pin vice and as we were setting large stones, by the time I got to my second one my  poor thumb had a blister by the end but thankfully I managed to finish burring the seat before my fingers got too sore!

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Burring the seat for my stones.

6. Setting the stone

Then came the exciting part!  Setting the stones!  I had chosen two lovely synthetic stones (ruby and spinel) from Wards Gemstones for the class (stones are provided as part of the class but I decided to bring some stones I had at home with me).  By this point actually setting the stone was very straightforwards and the same technique as setting a round cabochon or tube set faceted stone (north, south, east and west).

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The all-important stone setting tools along with a plain round collet, and an adapted collet into a rex claw shape.

A final sand, burnish and polish and they were all finished:-)

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My finished rings – aren’t they lovely and elegant!

 

I really enjoyed my day learning this new skill, and I do feel that it has pushed my stone setting to the next level as I can now create settings for any sized stone and not just standard size round faceted or calibrated stones.

I love going back to the classroom as it always leaves me filled with inspiration and clears my head and lets me do something just for me.  I can definitely see myself using this type of setting in my designs too!  I was so thrilled with the two rings I made and have worn them lots already (one of the joys of making jewellery)!

I would say that the collet setting course is most definitely an intermediate/ advanced level course, so I would make sure that you have a good grounding in silver jewellery, soldering and basic stone setting techniques before doing this course.  As I was comfortable with the stone setting technique itself as it is the same as tube setting I was able to really focus on understanding and learning the technique for marking out and making the collets. We were also shown how to adapt the collet to create rex-style claw settings which i will most definitely try out at some point but in the end i decided to focus on bezel set collet settings as these fit better with my designs.

I am most definitely going to try grain setting next, and am going to start begging for a channel setting class as would love to learn how to do that technique!

What stone setting techniques are you desperate to try?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

Author: Karen Young

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Tool Time – Barrel Polishers

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For the next post in our series about great workshop tools to add to your collection we are going to be talking about Barrel Polishers (also called Tumblers)!

When you first start to make silver Jewellery you will probably polish by hand using sand paper of varying grits to get a nice smooth finish on your piece, and a liquid metal polish such as Glanol which comes as part of our fab new polishing and finishing kit.  This process can take quite a while to do by hand, and we have no doubt that soon you will be looking for a tool to speed up your polishing and finishing time.

There are a few options in terms of polishing machines you will want to consider such as a pendant motor, micromotor or even a bench polisher, but one of the most common polishing tools that are purchased first for a new workshop is the Barrel Polisher (also known as a Tumble Polisher).  So what does it do?

A barrel polisher allows you to quickly and economically polish small quantities of Jewellery and Jewellery findings and components at the same time.  You place your Jewellery in the vaned container or ‘barrel’.  And depending on the finish you want you either add steel shot and a teaspoon of polishing compound such as BarrelBrite and just enough water to cover everything and have approximately 1cm of water above the steel shot; or cutting powder, ceramic cones and water for a matt finish.

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Shot and Barrelbrite in the barrel.

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Jewellery ready for polishing, plus enough water to cover the shot added.

You seal up the barrel so it is watertight as per the manufacturer’s instructions and place onto the rotating motor.  Typically the motor just plugs in at the wall and starts as soon as you turn on the switch at the socket.

Make sure that your barrel is not wet at all or it might not turn properly and don’t touch your barrel with wet hands when it is on.

Ideally tumble your pieces for as long as possible – I always aim to tumble my pieces for at least four hours but I often check them every hour to see how they are looking.  Please note it is best to open and drain your tumbler over a large plastic bowl or container so that you don’t lose all your shot and have to spend ages picking it up.

I normally tend to tumble either smaller pieces or larger pieces together as mixing them can cause damage to the smaller pieces.

Pros:

The biggest benefit of barrel polishing your pieces is that you can polish multiple pieces at once – you can have your work polishing in the background whilst you do other things so it is a real time saver!

One of the key benefits of tumbling your Jewellery and findings is that the steel shot gently work hardens the outer layer your pieces which is essential for things like ear pins and ear wires.  I normally still gently hammer or twist my findings in addition to tumbling so that I am 100% sure they are hard and robust but the tumbler hardens them a little too and makes them lovely and shiny.

Cons:

It is important that you bear in mind that for very smooth surfaces the little pins in the steel shot mix can occasionally leave little dents in your pieces.  For this reason you may prefer to remove the pins from the shot if you are polishing pieces with no texture, or chose another means of polishing your piece.

For intricate pieces you might find that the pins don’t quite get into all the nooks and crannies so you may need to either finish your pieces by hand, or look at investing in a pendant or micro motor.

If you intend to use different compounds to enable to you finish your pieces to a matt or polished finish I recommend having different barrels for different compounds so that you don’t get any contamination.  I have two barrels – one for getting a matt finish and one for getting a polished finish.

Barrel polishing won’t unfortunately remove any scratches so you still need to spend the time removing scratches beforehand using your files and your emery papers.

I wouldn’t recommend tumbling pieces with stones set or beads already set as there is a risk that the steel could crack the stones.

Finally please use stainless steel shot!  It is a bit more expensive to buy (do shop around) but it more rust resistant and so will save you money in the longer term!

Which one to buy?

There are a number of tumblers on the market that vary quite substantially in price.  The best piece of advice I can give you is to buy the best tool you can afford at the time.

I initially bought the Metal Barreling Starter Kit With 3lb Machine from Cookson Gold with the plastic barrel and lid.  However I found it was prone to leaking and you do have to heat the lid with warm water before use otherwise it was impossible to get the lid on without cracking it.  You can get replacement barrels, lids and belts for this machine.

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Metal Barreling Starter Kit With 3lb Machine from Cookson Gold

After about a year I upgraded my tumbler to one of the rubber ones.  I upgraded to the Cookson Gold Gold Pro one and I love it!   It comes in 2lb or 3lb sizes and you can buy the tumbler on its own or as part of a starter kit.  I have since purchased a second barrel to use with cutting powder and ceramic cones so that it is more versatile.  It is a great option for a good workhorse at a reasonable price.  FYI – I don’t tend to keep my shot and water in the rubber barrel – I transfer it between uses into a large jam jar.

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Gold Pro Barrel Polisher by Cookson Gold

If you will be using your tumbler round the clock however, you may want to consider one of the semi-professional machines from Evans or Lortone or a Rotabarrel for the serious workshop!

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Author: Karen Young

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