Category Archives: Competitions and Giveaways

Why you should enter jewellery competitions

There are many competitions and challenges out there that you can get involved in whether you are a beginner jewellery maker or advanced but are they a good idea? LJS tutor Anna Campbell argues why you should give them a try

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To work to a theme

Competitions often have a theme or some restrictions, for example in the materials you can use. This can be beneficial because this helps you focus on your current skills or stretches you to consider new techniques or designs.

 

To challenge yourself

Jewellery competitions are a chance to challenge yourself and work on something you perhaps would not have attempted otherwise.

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Seachange ring by Sally Costen for F Hinds

To get exposure

When you enter competitions the entries are usually shown on a website or facebook page (sometimes even on TV) allowing you to get exposure to what is often a large group of people. You also often get encouraging feedback and comments. If you work alone at home you may not usually get this amount of scrutiny and feedback for your work and this opportunity can be a good thing. You may also receive sales enquiries through these channels.

In 2015 one of our diploma students, Sally Costen, won the High Street by Design competition run by jewellers F Hinds. Sally’s designs were manufactured and sold by the jeweller and this helped to launch her business Clerkenwell Jewellery.

 

To work to a deadline

Competitions have a deadline. If you work from home you may find it difficult to self-impose deadlines so this can be a great ideas! You can’t work on it indefinitely – at some point you have to say it’s done and enter it!

 

For the prizes!

Often these competitions have some great prizes! You’ve got to be in it to win it!

 

How do I find competitions?

So, I have you convinced but how do you find these competitions? Here are a few places to have a look.

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Facebook

Jewellery making themed facebook groups and pages often have competitions for example Metal Clay Europe currently have a challenge called ‘movement and mechanical’ with the first prize being 300g of Art Clay Silver 950.

To find a relevant facebook group login to fb and type the type of jewellery making you’re interested in the search box (or just type ‘jewellery making’)

Click on ‘group’ at the top of the screen and have a look at the names of the groups available. If you are interested you can click join to join the group and see whether there are any competitions currently running.

 

Magazines and online resources

Magazines like Making Jewellery often have competitions or ask readers to send in images of their work and choose work to feature. Being able to say ‘as seen in… ‘ is great for your publicity as an artist.

Benchpeg have a competitions section which is worth checking periodically for updates.

 

Jewellery suppliers

Jewellery suppliers e.g. Cooksons and Metal Clay often also have competitions and excellent prizes so keep an eye on their websites and social media pages.

There are also TV craft channels e.g. Create and Craft that run competitions giving you great TV exposure.

 

Collaboration projects

There are a few collaboration projects where one jeweller starts a piece and then passes it to another to work on etc for example LJS tutor Penny Akester is currently running the Pass it Along Project.

 

Are there any competitions that are currently running you can recommend to us? Let us know in the comments below

Spotlight on Kim Styles Jewellery!

In August we ran our 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year competition and were overwhelmed by the outstanding entries!  And so many of you have been wanting to know more about our winners and what inspired their winning pieces!  So today we are talking to Kim Styles of Kim Styles Jewellery about her Morganite and Sapphire Cluster Ring that won second place in our competition!

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Congratulations Kim!  Your Morganite and Sapphire Cluster Ring is simply gorgeous.  Can you tell us a bit more about the piece and the inspiration behind it? 

Thank you LJS!   I have been making some very pretty rings for clients and I thought it was about time I had one of my own as a show piece so potential commission  clients can see at first hand exactly what I do.

 

How and when did your jewellery making journey start? 

I started my jewellery making journey way back , my 3D foundation course tutor suggested jewellery might be a good direction for me as I loved making small highly detailed things.  I signed up for a four year degree course at Sir John Cass in London,  ‘Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Crafts’ and from the very first day I knew it was what I wanted to do.

 

Have you had any formal training?  If so where did you train? 

I trained at Sir John Cass in London.  I graduated in 1987 with an honours degree and after that I worked for various well known jewellers in and around London for a few years.

 

Where do you typically find inspiration for what to make next? 

I find inspiration all around me, my best pieces come from the most unexpected sources, like a piece of twig with large pods on it that I found at the edge of a road, or a neighbours flamboyant Passion Flower growing over the fence.  Once something sparks my imagination I have to make it!

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Floral Cluster Ring by Kim Styles Jewellery

 

What are your favourite techniques or medium? 

My favourite medium is precious metal, silver is lovely to work with but my absolute favourite is yellow 18ct gold, so rich and easy to work with.  My favourite techniques are piercing, forming and shaping metal and soldering.  I also love engraving all the very fine details on the leaves and flowers I make.

 

What are your favourite tools? 

My most treasured tool is my grandfathers Archimedes Drill, but my piercing saw and my torch are the ones I use constantly every day.

 

Do you offer workshops or classes? 

I do occasionally offer one to one classes upon request.

 

What is the favourite thing(s) that you have made to date?

My Spring Necklace, the first life size floral necklace I made.  My Peridot Garden Ring which was a commission and my Morganite and Sapphire Cluster ring.

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Spring Necklace by Kim Styles Jewellery

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Peridot Garden Ring by Kim Styles Jewellery

 

What is next for Kim Styles Jewellery and what do you hope to achieve in the next 18-24 months?

I have a packed itinerary of craft fairs for the next few months, including ‘Handmade at Kew’ and ‘Desire Winchester’ among others, interspersed with a few commissions and probably some new rather quirky designs.  Over the next 18-24 months I hope to widen my client base,  see my work in more galleries and continue to build on the success of the last couple of years.

 

Do you have a website?  How can we see more of your work?

I do have a website: www.kim-styles-jewellery.co.uk  and post examples of my work on my Facebook Page and Twitter.     I also sell my jewellery on Etsy in my Etsy Shop.

Examples of my work is also on display and can be seen in the following locations:

Rostra Gallery, Bath.

The Spring Center, Havant.

The George, Fordingbridge.

 

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Kim.  Your work is just stunning and we are so thrilled you shared it with us.  All of us here at LJS wish you the very best of success!

Thank you LJS, it’s been a pleasure talking to you and I am so thrilled to achieve 2nd place in Jeweller of the Year!

 

 

Winners of our 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year Competition!

Just in case you missed our recent Facebook Post, the winners of the 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year Competition have been announced!

Huge congratulations to our winner, Vlad Zoldak! Vlad is officially the London Jeweller School Jewellery Maker of the Year 2016 for the stunning ‘Interstellar Ring’!!!  Our judging panel were utterly amazed by Vlad’s beautiful and unique design, fine craftsmanship and presentation!

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Interstellar Ring by Vlad Zoldak – 1st Place

And let’s not forget our amazing runners up! In second place is Kim Styles Jewellery for her gorgeous Morganite and Sapphire Cluster Ring, and in third place is Robyn Golding for the beautifully innovative ‘Green Fingers Ring’! 

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Morganite and Sapphire Cluster Ring by Kim Styles – 2nd Place

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Green Fingers Ring by Robyn Golding – 3rd Place


Congratulations to you all! Your prizes will be winding their way to you soon.  And we will be interviewing each of our winners to find out more about them, their jewellery making journey and what inspires their work, so stay tuned for those posts!

And a massive thank you to all who entered the competition and shared your beautiful work with us!   If you haven’t seen it yet do have a look at all of our amazing shortlisted candidates and their entries on our previous Blog.

Our shortlist for the Jewellery Maker of the Year 2016!

Wow, we have been overwhelmed by all of the beautiful entries submitted to our 2016 Maker of the Year Competition!  You are all a talented bunch!  Thank you to everyone who entered and shared their beautiful work with us!

It was so hard choosing our short-list of candidates!   We absolutely love each and every one of these designs for their exquisite craftsmanship, design and presentation.  Choosing a winner is going to be tough!

Have a peruse at our amazing shortlist who are presented in no particular order!

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Mihaela Coman – A Cup of Tea

Mihaela had the Katherine Mansfield short story in her mind when she made this ring. The delicate ring has 6 silver little pieces soldered together to create the tea cup and the citrine is cleverly set in the tea cup.

 

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Vlad Zoldak – Interstellar Ring

The ring was inspired by Vlad’s fascination with space and its elements, primarily an element that gives live to everything living even in the most hostile places; water. It is made of sterling silver and 20ct terminated Aquamarine. The entire ring is handmade and soldered together.

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Suzanne Ross – Lapis Maki-e Pendant

The inspiration for this piece came from the colour of the lapis lazuli itself. The colour reminded Suzanne of a peaceful ocean sailing with clear blue skies. Suzanne chose labradorite beads as they change colour with movement like the sea. The gold painting on the lapis is done in the traditional Japanese gold decorating technique called “maki-e” where urushi ( a tree sap) is painted on and gold powder is sprinkled onto the wet ground. When it has set, the gold is sealed with urushi and then sanded with charcoal and polished.

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Robyn Golding – Green Fingers Ring

This piece is called Green Fingers and is a double ring connected with three short chains. The piece is inspired by gardening but also from the materials used within this piece, It is made from 100% recycled silver and reclaimed plastics, the green hand is also flocked to give it its green colour. The hand is also removable and is a lid of a small container to reveal a real plant inside.

 

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Anca Druga – Starry, Starry Night

This design is inspired by “Starry Night over the Rhone” – Vincent Van Gogh. The pendant was hand painted and handcrafted using acrylic colors on polymer clay, fixed in a wire wrapped support to emphasize the texture and depth of the design.

 

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Claire Housden – Morphology #2 Necklace

This is a leather necklace which I designed in 3 colourways (black&black, black&white, and black&red). The inspiration for the morphology collection is vegetable tanned leather itself; and how it can be manipulated to hold a 3-D form. Claire has  developed a unique technique to texture and fold the leather, which she uses throughout this collection.

 

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Theodora Gould – Holy Island Bangle

The Holy Island Bangle is inspired by a small and magical island off the western shore of Lough Derg in Southern Ireland.  Theodora wanted to make something that had an ancient and celtic feel but also reflected the colours of the island. Made from sterling silver, the stones are 5mm cabochons; garnet to represent the rambling roses, sapphire for the water and the expanse of sky, peridot for the lush Irish grass, citrine for the yellow lichen which covers the tumbling ruins and dark and lavender amethyst for the wild flowers.

 

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Kim Styles – Morganite and Sapphire Cluster Ring

This morganite and sapphire cluster ring, with wild rose and hydrangea flowers in white and yellow gold. The morganite is set in rose gold to echo the beautiful pale pink of the stone. Kim wanted to make something really pretty that she could wear as an example of what she does. It is entirely handmade from 18ct gold sheet and wire.

 

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Nichola Foster – Wirework Lampwork Bead Pendant

Nichola is a lampwork artist and recently learnt how to wire weave which she finds really enjoyable and very addictive! Here is one of her lampwork glass beads which she has set and decorated with copper. The design emerged as she worked, and demonstrates her love of curves and scrolls.

 

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Scott Shead – The Kracken Ring

Sterling Silver ring with a large Pearl. The ring is designed to sit on one finger and have a tentacle curl around another finger.  Scott lives on a Scottish Island which inspires him and he handcraftedthe Kraken Octopus ring to be a statement piece. The ring is designed to be comfortable to wear and also to make a great addition to a steampunk or nautical style outfit.

To check out all of the competition entries – please have a look at the Facebook Competition Post!

Don’t forget!  The prize winners will be announced on 5th September!

Good luck to all of the Shortlisted Candidates!

Could you be our 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year?

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We are so excited about launching our competition to find the London Jewellery School Maker of the Year 2016!  Taking part is a great chance to promote your work, get exposure and, of course, bag some fab prizes.

The competition is open to everyone – you don’t need to have taken a Class with us – you just need to love making and creating beautiful jewellery, and we are accepting entries from jewellers in the UK and internationally!

The competition will be judged on:

Design – we are looking for innovative and original designs that are all your own!

Technique – we are looking for excellent application of one or more jewellery making techniques!

Presentation – great photos and presentation of your work is essential for selling and creating a great impression.

 

How it works:

One entry only please – multiple posts on the competition Facebook Post will be deleted and your entry may be disqualified! And no links to your shops please – this is a design competition!

Simply post between 1-3 pictures of your selected piece of jewellery that has been handmade by you along with a comment about what the inspiration for the piece was and the title of your piece on our Facebook Competition thread that you can find here.

Your piece can be any design and made up of any material, the only requirement is that it has been made by you.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 21st August 2016.

The top 5 entries will be announced on 31st August and added to our website and promoted as the finalists by LJS on our blog and social media channels.

The winner will be announced on Friday 5th September 2016.

This competition is in no way affiliated or endorsed by Facebook.

 

The Prizes:

1st – £250 Voucher for LJS (which can be used on any Classes (face to face or online) + a fab selection of Tools for your jewellery making Toolkit
2nd – £100 voucher and a selection of Tools for your Toolkit
3rd – A signed copy of Jessica Rose’s Bead & Wire Fashion Jewellery Book.

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The Judges:

The competition will be judged by a panel of LJS Tutors who are all professional and established jewellers.

If you have an queries or questions please contact us at karen@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk!

Good luck to all those who enter!

Be the latest LJS student to get their jewellery on the high street

Would like to have one of your designs sold on the high street to a wide audience

Each year high street jeweller F. Hinds runs a competition to find new jewellery designers to create pieces to be sold in F. Hinds stores and online.

This years competition is open to all with fourcategories: current designers, students plus jewellery lovers in two categories – up to eighteen years or over eighteen.

The four  winners will work with Hinds to develop their pieces for commercial sale (with potential for commission) and have their work showcased at IJL 2016.

The 2015 student winner was London Jewellery School diploma graduate Sally Costen (another design she entered was highly commended) who the F.Hinds team praised for her professionalism as well as her top notch jewellery design skills.

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Sally’s winning Seachange ring

The 2016 competition

The full prize is:

  • 150 fully created pieces of each winning design produced by F.Hinds using a well known and respected manufacturer
  • F.Hinds will provide numbered, limited edition certificates for all pieces as well as attractive, presentation box for every piece
  • The winning items will be distributed for sale in all F.Hinds’ stores and photographed and sold online from September 2016
  • Winners will receive a guaranteed commission on sales after the first 150 have been sold (subject to production costs)
  • Winners will retain an option to design a complete collection to be sold exclusively by F.Hinds, with commission alongside the original piece, subject to suitability after further discussion
  • Winners will be showcased at International Jewellery London (IJL) 2016 free of charge

The judging panel will be made up of Andrew Hinds – Director and Gold Buyer; Sarah Jordan – Award Winning Jewellery Designer; Jewellery Manufacturer Bob Morrish – R. E.. Morrish; an IJL representative and a consumer representative

The deadlines for designs to be submitted is 31 March 2016 and you can find all the details on how to enter here, as well as tips on researching the types of jewellery to consider and the materials to use.

So go on, get designing, it is worth submitting a design – it may be your time to get noticed.

Win an online jewellery course

Following the launch of London Jewellery School Online, we’d like to hear your views on online learning to help us plan future courses and improvements to what we offer.

So we are hoping that you will spare us five minutes to complete a short survey. Two participants with win an LJS Online course of their choice. Click here to take part

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Win metal clay by sharing pictures of your work

The PMC Studio is offering the chance for three people to win metal clay goodies this summer.

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If you work in metal clay all you have to do is post a picture of your favourite piece you’ve made (or pieces there’s no limit) to the PMC Studio Facebook page by 15 September 2015. All entries are in with the chance of winning goodies bags of metal clay and tool worth £250, £150 or £75.

As we’ve said on this blog before, competitions are a great way of getting your work noticed and there is always the chance you’ll win.

For example, Diploma in Creative Jewellery graduate Sally Costen has just won the student designer category of the F.Hinds High Street by Design competition.

And the chance of a prize and having new people see your work is not the only benefits. Our marketing co-ordinator Bronagh Miskelly is also a knitting pattern writer and designer and is a finalist in a design competition for the second time this year (she won the first one). She says: “I find competitions give me an incentive to flesh out or finish ideas that have been floating around and make me assess what I’m doing in new ways. There is no harm in entering and seeing how other people react to your work.”

 

A chance to have your work on show at Treasure

I-beads is offering budding jewellery designers a chance to  have their work seen during London Jewellery Week through an exciting competition – Crystal Glam 2013 –  that LJS is delighted to be supporting.

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Designers are invited to create a glamorous piece of jewellery or fashion accessory made with products from the Swarovski Elements Fancy Stone assortment as well as Beadalon wire and I-Beads settings.

This is the fourth competition organised by I-Beads and the third year the finalists will have their designs displayed at Treasure during London Jewellery Week alongside some of Europe’s most talented designers.

The winning design will receive a fabulous hamper worth over €500 with crystals from the Swarovski Elements assortment, Beadalon and I-Beads products as well as a €100 gift voucher to spend on any of I-Beads’ websites.

For more details of our competition visit: http://www.i-beads.eu/crystal-glam-2013-jewellery-design-competition-n-2277.html

Competition: Show us your spring jewellery

8201705927_fd3526c255_mLast week we gave you a quick round-up of some of the major fashion trends in jewellery this spring as well as creating a Pinterest board featuring some pieces to inspire you. They include primary and neon colours like lemon and poppy red, big “gems”, dramatic statement pieces and tribal and animal print influences.8190657910_3d53a3c05f_m

Now we want to see your unique approaches to these trends – how are you interpreting the “spring looks”. Our themed jewellery making competitions seem the most popular so think spring.

And because thinking about trends is a useful thing for any of you selling or thinking of selling your jewellery, this time the prize is a copy of our Distance Learning Jewellery Business Course (normally £99 + P&P). This is a mine of useful information about all aspects of running your own business from pricing and budgeting to marketing and sales plus you will receive a £50 LJS gift voucher and a year’s membership of LJS.

How to enter:

Send a picture of your piece with a short explanation of how it fits the spring theme to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk by midnight on Sunday 31 March.

Also include details of any websites, blogs, Twitter or Facebook pages you use to promote or show off your jewellery.

We’ll put the pictures and your information up on our Facebook page as they come in – and then choose a winner after the closing date.