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Wax carved jewellery inspiration

We are LOVING wax carved jewellery at the moment but what can you make when you’ve mastered the technique? Here is some inspiration from our talented tutors and students to get you thinking.

(And here is a blog post from our own Lil Adams on what wax carving is and how casting works in case you’re not sure)

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Rough ruby silver ring by Sophie Arnott

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Gold pearl ring by Rebecca Steiner

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Silver pendant by Sophie Arnott

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Gold rings by Rebecca Steiner

 

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Knuckle duster ring by Natasha Lisa

 

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Rose gold ring by Jayne Murphy

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Silver cufflinks by Natasha Lisa

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Silver ring by Sophie Arnott

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Silver ring by Jayne Murphy

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George the lion ring in progress! By Lil Adams

Note: for inspiration only. The jewellery designs shown here are copyrighted by the designers


Fancy giving wax carving a try? We have some classes at the London Jewellery School and online at Jewellery School Online. We also have a kit of tools available to make it easy to get started.

In London

We have lots of wax carving classes at the London Jewellery School for beginners and advanced learners including an evening taster classa five-week evening class and day classes so do check out our courses and available dates on our website.

Online courses

We have a FREE wax carved ring making online course with tutor Sophie Arnott. You will learn to apply your designs to your wax piece, remove excess wax and create a full 3D design of your choosing. Following that, Sophie will show you how to file your wax piece into shape, remove any file marks and sand and refine the piece ready for casting. You will also learn how to create a ring to size and some recommendations on casters to use.

beginners-wax-carving-rebecca-steiner-jewellery-school-onlineIf you enjoy that course then consider our more comprehensive beginners wax carving online course which covers ring making, pendant making. The course launches on 26th March 2018 and is currently available at a pre-sale price of 50% off. CLICK HERE FOR 50% OFF – VALID UNTIL 26TH MARCH 2018 ONLY. THAT’S TOMORROW!

 

 

 

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At the London Jewellery School we are also selling wax carving toolkits which have everything you need to get started! The cost is £100 and includes UK postage (for postage outside the UK please email us at info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk for a postage quote)

Click here to see what you get in the kit and to purchase

We also have a set of three wax ring blanks for sale for £12.99 plus postage, perfect if you want to get started with rings straight away!

 

All prices are correct at time of blog publication but please note that they are subject to change

Not Just Castings – how lost wax casting works and more

At the beginning of 2016 I undertook a placement with Just Castings in Hatton Garden. This was part of the two week intensive Advanced Diploma in Creative Jewellery Making (see previous blog entry about how great this was) which I had completed the previous summer.

Their premises have since moved to a spangly new home next door at 19 Cross Street, where their knowledgeable and patient team can answer all of your silly questions (as they still answer mine on a regular basis) about their services. These services go far beyond just casting to CAD design, 3D printing, plating and finishing. However, the moulding and casting process will remain forever the most fascinating to me.

I was privileged to spend two days learning the mould making and casting processes. I gained an overview of the CAD, 3D printing, finishing and plating, which can be done there behind the scenes, whilst two of my own wax pieces took their own journey into silver and brass.

I returned for two afternoons of finishing these pieces. This involved de-sprueing – the sprue is the entry point for the metal into the piece (before my placement I called this a spout) and polishing a silver ring, also finishing and rose-gold plating a brick bead for a necklace with Chris and Adrian at the studios just down the street. There was a  professional setter working away in the same studio, so I got to take a peek at this fiddly precise work too.

My illustration of the casting process, complete with spelling mistake and bunnies which were cast from pasta shapes.

I took a lovely little refresher tour with Theo recently, for a helpful reminder of the time I spent learning the ways of JC.  The process used is called lost wax casting. Lost wax casting is an ancient technique, but this centrifugal, mechanical process is the most accurate way of achieving intricate results. This modern way of casting has its roots in dentistry. To my delight I discovered gold tooth caps on the casting trees whilst on my placement – it’s nice when traditions are upheld. Items can be brought in three different ways to be transformed into a range of metals, but at some stage they need to be a wax. You could bring in a hand-carved wax piece, a model or master to have a mould made to then make waxes or a 3D design, which can be printed or milled from sheet wax.

It’s a positive to negative to positive process. The mould making stage is to create waxes from existing objects or multiples from the same original wax and allows for more types of items to be cast. These moulds are custom made to the size of the piece from a latex mixture.

Bespoke cold moulds setting in their frames

Once these are set and the piece from within is expertly cut out by hand, the moulds are ready to make waxes using the vacuum wax injector. The hot wax cools into shape in the rubber mould and the wax is removed and another can then be made in the same way shortly after.

Wax made using a cold mould

These waxes are then skillfully arranged on specific trees in accordance to their requirements, which metal, how delicate the piece is etc. Cast in place pieces (a technique where stones can be cast within a wax piece) go separately, as they need to be in a different oven set to a different temperature. The trees go into flasks, the holes of the metal flasks are taped up and the investment (a type of plaster, made up in the vacuum mixing machine) is mixed and poured into the canisters with the wax trees inside, then left to set. The next step is for the canisters to go into the de-waxing chamber for the majority of the wax to be steamed away. This leaves just a film of wax on the impression that will eventually be filled with metal, before going into the oven overnight to melt away the remaining wax and strengthen the investment plaster. There are three ovens running on 24 hour cycles, to allow for processes like casting in place and also so that all of the casting eggs are not in one hot basket.

Vasco creating wax trees

Once out of the oven, the canister full of negative impressions left by the wax goes into one of three casting machines. The largest being the vacuum centrifugal machine. This will spin the canister while a crucible will dispense the required molten metal into the voids to reach the hollows of the end of each branch of the tree.

 


Centrifugal casting machine

Back in the day I am told this was done by sling shot, so a traditional caster would be super strong from swinging their castings around their head, pretty cool stuff!

These are then cleaned with a high-pressure washer (this part reminds me of the opening credits of The Simpsons when Homer is at work) to clean off the investment plaster.

The metal tree, free from its canister and most of the plaster then goes into acid to get cleaner and get rid of any oxidisation.

Metal tree fresh from the canister

Pieces are then cut down from the trees and prepared for collection.

Wax giraffe and metal giraffe made from a pasta piece using a cold mould and lost wax casting process

This is where the process usually stops on the casting side of Just Castings, but as you will recall, they don’t do just casting! For me I take whatever silly thing I have decided to turn into metal this time and pop off to try and make it wearable (sometimes returning to get something plated), but there is still a whole separate underground grotto of finishing down the street. If decide you would like your pieces finishing, polishing, plating or stones setting these guys have got you covered there too.

Adrian finishing a ring in the workshop

So give casting a try, it’s magical, but don’t take it lightly that even if your brother ain’t that heavy you may want an estimate before you get him cast in platinum. For a really enlightening look at their processes, Just Casting have this lovely video ,and there is a handy FAQ’s section on the website too. But if in doubt just ask, they are a delight, see:

Lil Adams is the London Jewellery School Sundays Studio Manager. Lil studied Fine Art in Leeds and lived in Melbourne before travelling about and settling in London. She now works at the British Architectural Library and enjoys making jewellery with found and natural objects and is shamelessly addicted to casting (as you can see!)


Fancy giving wax carving a try? We have some classes at the London Jewellery School and online at Jewellery School Online as well as a starter kit available.

In London

We have lots of wax carving classes at the London Jewellery School for beginners and advanced learners including an evening taster class, a five-week evening class and day classes so do check out our courses and available dates on our website.

 

 

 

Online courses

We have a FREE wax carved ring making online course with tutor Sophie Arnott. You will learn to apply your designs to your wax piece, remove excess wax and create a full 3D design of your choosing. Following that, Sophie will show you how to file your wax piece into shape, remove any file marks and sand and refine the piece ready for casting. You will also learn how to create a ring to size and some recommendations on casters to use.

beginners-wax-carving-rebecca-steiner-jewellery-school-onlineIf you enjoy that course then consider our more comprehensive beginners wax carving online course which covers ring making, pendant making. The course launches on 26th March 2018 and is currently available at a pre-sale price of 50% off. CLICK HERE FOR 50% OFF – VALID UNTIL 26TH MARCH 2018 ONLY

 

 

 

Kits

At the London Jewellery School we are also selling wax carving toolkits which have everything you need to get started! The cost is £100 and includes UK postage (for postage outside the UK please email us at info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk for a postage quote)

Click here to see what you get in the kit and to purchase

We also have a set of three wax ring blanks for sale for £12.99 plus postage, perfect if you want to get started with rings straight away!

 

All prices are correct at time of blog publication but please note that they are subject to change

 

 

 

 

Learn wax carving for free

Join Jewellery School Online in the brand new, FREE online ‘wax carved ring’ class and learn how to use jeweller’s wax to make a unique ring, how to get it cast in the metal of your choice and much more.

This video course gives you step by step instructions and helpful hints to get to grips with this versatile medium, which is perfect for anyone making jewellery for fun or as part of a jewellery business. The course is all online so you can access it anytime and comes with a complete set of downloadable notes to support your learning.

If you are anything like us and love making jewellery, this is a great way to learn a new technique from the comfort of your own home.

So come join in the fun, enrol now and get started making your wax pieces in no time!

P.S. We also provide full info on what basic tools and materials you will need and how to get set up making at home.

Click here to join the class for free

 

beginners-wax-carving-rebecca-steiner-jewellery-school-onlineIf you enjoy that class or have already tried wax carving before why not pre-enrol on our online beginners wax carving course. This goes into depth about carving designs including pendants, sizing, filing and finishing your cast pieces and much more.

The course will be released on 26th March 2018 and will cost £79 but if you enrol now you can get the pre-sale price of £39.50, that’s 50% off!

Click here to find out more and to access the 50% off discount

 

At the London Jewellery School we are also selling wax carving toolkits which have everything you need to get started! The cost is £82.55 and includes UK postage (for postage outside the UK please email us at info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk for a postage quote)

Click here to see what you get in the kit and to purchase

We also have a set of three wax ring blanks for sale for £12.99 plus postage, perfect if you want to get started with rings straight away!

 

Prefer coming to London for a class? We have lots of wax carving classes at the London Jewellery School for beginners and advanced learners including an evening taster class, a five-week evening class and day classes so do check out our courses and available dates on our website.

Valentine’s Day-Jewelling couple Lisa Walker and Karl Fritsch

Valentine’s Day may be about the love an individual has for another person, but here at London Jewellery School we are all about the love of making jewellery. So on this lovey-dovey day I would like to shine a spotlight on one of my favourite jewellers, Lisa Walker, who happens to be married to another very interesting jeweller, Karl Fritsch.

There are few couples I would look to and feel real jealousy about the dynamic of their relationship (maybe Grayson and Philippa Perry) but these two metalsmiths are something special to aspire to.

Karl Fritsch’s work is normally hard as nails, see above, so we can forgive a bit of soppiness for his wife, especially when he simply carves her name into the face of a signet ring. All of his work has a pretty rugged aesthetic with little romantic kitsch-ery. My general feelings about Valentine’s Day are illustrated in ring form by this little guy by Fritsch, in silver set with Sapphires below.

But, if you have more of a softer side, you may appreciate this endearing self-hugging neckpiece by Lisa Walker.

Another necklace by Walker, ‘Karl’s off-cuts’, recognises their connection in life and jewellery.

A slight topical diversion on this day to celebrate these two jewellers with entirely different styles both working in a very unique and fun way. If you still need a hit of love, check out these hearty offerings from Gregory Larin and David Bielander.

Gregory Larin ‘hearts’ ring

David Bielander ‘Cardboard Heart Bracelet’

 

Would you and your partner like to join us for an evening with a professional jeweller and make rings for each other? Why not join us this Valentine’s day for a great alternative to the boring meal and go away with your own unique creations. For more information click here. 

Lil Adams is the London Jewellery School Sundays Studio Manager. Lil studied Fine Art in Leeds and lived in Melbourne before travelling about and settling in London. She now works at the British Architectural Library and enjoys making jewellery with found and natural objects and is shamelessly addicted to casting.

Join us for a FREE online course – start your jewellery business

Are you planning to start a jewellery business?

Or perhaps you already have one and would like a boost?

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We’d love you to join us for a FREE three-week online course to help you work through what you need to do to get started. Join Jessica Rose, our founding Director and award-winning jewellery entrepreneur, for our online course starting this week and get access to 3 video interactive lessons, downloadable notes PLUS we’ll be providing support and answering your questions in our facebook group with weekly facebook live sessions.

This is a great opportunity to gain tons of free support for your jewellery business, connect with other jewellers, gain inspiration for your next year in business and grow.

To get started with the course visit: https://learn.jewelleryschoolonline.com/p/starting-a-jewellery-business

Jessica will be going live on our facebook group page each week on Wednesday at 12 noon GMT to answer your questions and give more insight into the week’s lesson. To take part sign up to the community facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/jewelleryschoolonline/ and meet the 1,000+ other budding jewellers in our community.

 

What is covered in the course?

This online course is scheduled for three weeks. Each week has video content to get you thinking about different aspects of starting a jewellery business

 

Week 1 – Start A Jewellery Business Top Tips (week commencing Mon 4th December 2017)

Jess’ top tips for starting a jewellery business. These tips help guide you to start preparing and thinking about your business and any areas you may need to work on or schedule to complete for your business.

 

Week 2 – My Jewellery Business Plan Model (week commencing Mon 11th December 2017)

Jess will guide you through an amazing business planning tool ‘My Jewellery Business Model’. Looking at your vision, customers, pricing, collections, suppliers and much more from a strategy viewpoint (sounds very formal but is super fun!).  You can download your handy ‘Business Start-up Guide’ and work alongside to create a model for your dream handmade jewellery business.

 

Week 3 – Building a Brand for Your Jewellery Business (week commencing Mon 18th December 2017)

Now, more than ever, it is important to stand out as a recognisable jewellery brand. Jess covers the 5 key elements of your brand, how to create or develop them in your business with tasks and actionable steps to refine your core values and the visual elements of your brand. With the aim that the people who want to buy from you, are not only aware of your brand, but they covet and desire what you have to offer! Sounds great!

 

We will be working through the course with you over the coming weeks, sign up on the link below (click enrol now) to get started. You can watch the videos whenever is convenient for you and as many times as you like!

https://learn.jewelleryschoolonline.com/p/starting-a-jewellery-business

 

And for any instagram lovers out there, we will also be providing daily inspirations and support through the jewellery school online instagram page at @JewellerySchoolOnline https://www.instagram.com/jewelleryschoolonline/

 

We look forward to working with you on your jewellery business over the coming three weeks!

Free online course – make a stone set ring

Did you know that as well as our classes in London we also have online courses you can enrol on? Jewellery School Online is perfect for those who can’t get to our courses in London or those who want a refresher of techniques that they can learn from home. Our online courses feature videos you can watch as many times as you’d like as well as notes you can download and use alongside your practice. Check out all the online courses we have available.

Tutor Sophie Arnott has just filmed a new course – making a stone set ring and it is available for FREE!

Perfect for beginners and those new to stone setting – you will be guided through how to prepare a ring blank and pre-made bezel cup setting, solder them together and set a stone of your choice. All of this can be done with a few tools and materials from your kitchen table 🙂

If you are new to stone setting this is a great project which is quick, simple and extremely rewarding. You will make some beautiful finished pieces whilst learning the basics of stone setting. If you would like to learn more advanced techniques such as how to create your own settings from scratch sign up for our course ‘Stone Setting in Silver‘ or to learn to make your own silver rings and pendants see The Silver Jewellery Workshop

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What techniques are covered?

  • How to prepare your ring blank for soldering
  • Soldering a sterling silver bezel cup to a ring
  • Pickle and polishing
  • Stone setting techniques for cabochon stones
  • Finishing your ring

& much more

Enrol now for free and start learning today!

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For those that are itching to learn more, we also have a pre-sale offer of 50% off our next online course that will be released on 2nd December 2017 – stone setting in silver. Here tutor Rebecca Steiner takes you through the three stone setting techniques that we cover in our 2-day class at the London Jewellery School – tube setting, cabochon and flush or gypsy setting.stone-setting-online-course-jewellery-school-online

What will you get with this course?

  • Lifetime access to 6 comprehensive video lessons, guiding you through all the techniques, tips and tricks to perfecting your stone setting
  • Downloadable course notes to work alongside the videos
  • Access to our supportive community of jewellers and tutors to help you at every stage of the process
  • Access to the videos 24/7 – you can stop, pause, rewind and replay as much as you like
  • Excellent close-up shots to see what is happening in each step so you don’t miss a thing

The course will be £99 when it is released but sign up before 2nd December 2017 and you can take advantage of the pre-sale price of 50% off – just £49.50!

Click on this link for more information and to pay the reduced price

 

Want to become a jeweller but can’t face the cost of a 3 year degree? Consider this option

It’s hard to believe now but when I went to university there was no such thing as tuition fees. I *whispers it* actually got a full grant! A grant, for those who are too young to have heard of the concept, was an annual payment from the government to attend university. It wasn’t enough to live on but it was a start!

The world of education has unfortunately changed since then and there are more things to consider than when I went to university. If you’ve just got your A-level results, have had a break before thinking about university or are looking to a second or third career you might be trying to decide whether university study will be worth it. Perhaps you still want to learn more but can’t quite face three years of full-time study. Or maybe you would love to take three years out but life is getting in the way, not to mention worries over the debt that you would finish with.

Well, we have another option for you. Our Diploma in Creative Jewellery.

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Some of the things you’ll learn to make on the Diploma in Creative Jewellery

What is the Diploma in Creative Jewellery?

A one year course you attend at our central London studios one day per week (10-5pm). On this very practical course you will learn lots of different types of jewellery making techniques and we take you through from beginner to advanced level. The skills you’ll learn include silversmithing, beading, perspex, silver clay, enamelling, polymer clay, wax carving, wire work, resin and more. And don’t worry if you don’t know what all of these are; you will! 

Our current and previous Diploma students tend to be working or looking after family alongside taking the course, putting less of a strain on their lives and finances. 

 

Do I need jewellery making experience?

No! All the jewellery techniques are taught from beginners level. If you do have some experience with any of the techniques then that’s good because you will get to practice. If not it doesn’t matter, you will be taken through everything step by step by our expert tutors.

 

How am I assessed?

Your work is marked once a term. You are provided with all the criteria for marking on the first day of the course so you will know what you need to do to get a distinction.

Along with your marked coursework you are also assessed on a jewellery collection you create for a final exhibition. This is an opportunity for you to invite friends and family to see what you have achieved, as well as being the day you are awarded your diploma certificate!

 

How am I supported?

We want to ensure that all students get individual attention and feedback to learn effectively so there are no more than seven students on the course.

As well as your expert tutors, you will also be assigned a mentor (if you join our September Sunday group I’ll be your mentor!). Your mentor is one of our experienced tutors who also runs their own jewellery business. You will be able to email her anytime you have a question and you will also meet with her once a term for marking and discussion about your progress on the course.

On the day you are at the studios the studio manager will also be able to help with queries you have.

 

Is it just women that take the course?
No! Many students are but we had one diploma group where the men outnumbered the women!

 

Am I too old to take the course?
No! Students at the London Jewellery School must be sixteen or over but there’s no upper limit! This course attracts a diverse group of people including school leavers, people on a gap year, people wishing to retrain for a second or third career, people taking the course purely for their own development and interest, retired people and more! All you need is a desire to create, learn and practice.

 

What can I do at the end of the course?

Most of our students go on to start their own successful jewellery businesses (you do learn jewellery business and jewellery photography as part of the course). By the end of the course you will have a good idea of which type of jewellery making you like best and will be able to specialise.

We also run an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery and a Diploma in Silver Jewellery if you would like to study further. 

 

Is the course accredited?

The course is assessed internally and is not affiliated with external examining bodies. It is well regarded in the industry and forms a great kickstart to your career in the jewellery industry. We are happy to act as a reference for any relevant job applications.

 

When is the next intake for the course?
We start the course twice a year, with the next intake next month, in September.

There is still time to apply for our September Sunday group.

 

What does the cost of the course include?
The cost of the course includes your tuition, mentoring and the vast majority of materials.

 

Do I need to buy tools?
All the tools you need will be provided for you to use during your workshops. We recommend you wait until you start the course to get advice from tutors about the tools you might like to purchase to use at home.

 

Can I pay the course fee in installments?
Yes! We have a few different installment options which you can see on our website.

 

Where can I find out more about the Diploma course?

Have a look on our website for a detailed breakdown of the course content or give us a call if you have questions, 0203 176 0546. We’re open 7 days a week!

http://www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk/jewellery-diploma/diploma-in-creative-jewellery/

 

Can I visit the studios?
You are welcome to visit the studios to talk to the studios manager and see our facilities. It is worth calling in advance to let us know that you will be coming in. Our number is 0203 176 0546

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Diploma in Silver Jewellery graduate feature – Guida Cusso

 

This week on the blog we will be featuring some of the graduates of our Diploma in Silver Jewellery as we have a free exhibition of their work this Friday, 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm, at our London studios. You are invited to attend!

Today we feature jeweller Guida Cusso

guida-cusso-silver-ring-london-jewellery-school-diploma-in-silver-jewelleryWhere do you live? I have been living in London for the last 5 and a half years, but I am originally from Barcelona.

When did your interest in jewellery making start? It started when I was a child, I was making jewellery with plastic beads at an early age. I have always loved making things with my hands and I have tried all kind of crafts. When I turned 18 I went to uni to study Translation and Interpreting, but it was a very hard decision and my other option would have been artistic jewellery then.

Why did you decide to take the Silver Diploma? I had tried a few evening courses on silver jewellery and I loved them so much! I really wanted to take a step forward and the Silver Jewellery Diploma was my perfect match.

guida-cusso-silver-brooch-london-jewellery-school-diploma-in-silver-jewelleryWhat was your favourite class on the diploma and why? I enjoyed them all, but if I had to pick one, I would say wax carving. It is so rewarding and relaxing!

What are your goals for the future? I feel quite confident with my skills, but I would love to keep learning more techniques and to go deeper on what I have already learnt.

What is your favourite piece you ever made and why? From all the pieces I have made, my favourite one is a pair of drop earrings in the shape of a curved leaf with matt finish. While making them I realised how important it is to mirror symmetrical earrings. It was hard work but the result was a pair of very light and wearable earrings that match anything you wear.

guida-cusso-stone-set-pendant-london-jewellery-school-diploma-in-silver-jewelleryYou can follow Guida on instagram @guidiki

 

 

The Diploma in Silver Jewellery exhibition is this Friday, 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm

Where: London Jewellery School, Rear Ground Floor Studios, NEW HOUSE, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY

How to find us

No need to RSVP, just turn up!

images copyright Guida Cusso 2017

Diploma in Silver Jewellery graduate feature – Leonie Marks

This week on the blog we will be featuring some of the graduates of our Diploma in Silver Jewellery as we have a free exhibition of their work this Friday, 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm, at our London studios. You are invited to attend!

Today we feature jeweller Leonie Marks

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Where do you live? I live in Essex near the Blackwater Estuary

When did your interest in jewellery making start? I first became interested in making jewellery in 2010 when I thought how wonderful it would be to turn shells I had found in the Isles of Scilly and Essex into silver pendants.  I achieved this using metal clay and then started using sterling silver in sheet and wire form using basic soldering techniques to create different pieces.   

Why did you decide to take the Silver Diploma? I set a little studio up in my garden and then taught myself to set stones (in a fashion) which led me on to taking the Silver Diploma course as I desperately needed expertise in learning stone setting amongst numerous other techniques covered in the diploma course.   

 

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What was your favourite class on the diploma and why? I loved the whole diploma course as it covered so many different techniques and mediums which I would not otherwise have explored.  I would still say the Stone Setting was my favourite class.

What are your goals for the future? My goals are to continue to perfect my silversmithing skills – in particular stone setting – doing more short courses at the London Jewellery School.  I have a small business selling at fairs and online which I am aiming to expand over the next 12 months.  Since doing the online business course at The London Jewellery School I am currently setting up a new website which should be up and running in the next month.

You can follow Leonie and her work on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/leoniemarksjewellery

and Instagram – https://instagram.comleoniemarksjewellery

 

leonie-marks-bangle-london-jewellery-school-diploma-in-silver-jewelleryThe Diploma in Silver Jewellery exhibition is this Friday, 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm

Where: London Jewellery School, Rear Ground Floor Studios, NEW HOUSE, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY How to find us

No need to RSVP, just turn up!

all images copyright Leonie Marks 2017

Diploma in Silver Jewellery graduate feature – Sandra McArdle

This week on the blog we will be featuring some of the graduates of our Diploma in Silver Jewellery as we have a free exhibition of their work this Friday, 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm, at our London studios. You are invited!

Today we feature jeweller Sandra McArdle

sandra-mcardle-london-jewellery-school-diploma-silver-jewelleryWhere do you live? I live in a village north of Newbury in Berkshire

When did your interest in jewellery making start? My interest in silver jewellery making started many years ago. I joined the local Woman’s Institute and did a taster course at the WI college. Around this time I was inspired by the poem “The Station” by Robert Hastings (worth a read if you are on a relentless career treadmill). It opened my eyes to the world around me and I started to see and really appreciate the beauty in nature, the shapes of leaves, the structure and delicacy of petals and the colours.

Why did you decide to take the Silver Diploma? I started to research silver jewellery making courses and dreamt about doing more of the thing I had come to love, working with silver. I kept coming back to the London Jewellery School and the varied structure of the course. I was delighted to achieve the Diploma in Silver Jewellery in 2016 and started Sandra McArdle Jewellery 

Now I love working with silver and semi-precious stones to create an object of beauty. I never cease to be amazed at the way silver changes and responds as it’s worked to create that final piece and to be part of that process is so rewarding.

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A commission – a pair of earrings with semi precious stone and 14ct gold granules.

What are your goals for the future? As I have developed my business I have had the privilege to meet some wonderful people, to talk to them about what it is they are looking for in a piece of jewellery or silverware. I love working with them to develop and design that special piece, and creating an item of jewellery, a gift or keepsake is something I am very proud of.

I am looking forward to developing my business as I move into a new studio and put in practice the things I learnt on the Jewellery School Online  Jewellery Business Bootcamp!

sandra-mcardle-london-jewellery-school-silver-diploma-cufflinksWhat are your favourite pieces you have made so far and why? My first commission – cufflinks for a saddle maker, replicating the saddle makers round knife used to fashion the saddles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sandra-mcardle-london-jewellery-school-silver-diploma-trinket-boxMy favourite commission – a trinket box (with mints!) inset mother of pearl and my signature granules on the polished lid. The box has textured sides and my decorative hallmark on the base.

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about Sandra’s work on her website http://www.sandramcardle.co.uk/ to get in touch with her email sandra@sandramcardle.co.uk

The Diploma in Silver Jewellery exhibition is this Friday, 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm

Where: London Jewellery School, Rear Ground Floor Studios, NEW HOUSE, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY

How to find us

No need to RSVP, just turn up!

images copyright Sandra McArdle 2017