Category Archives: Jewellery making

NEW 3 day Beginners Silver Jewellery journey at the London Jewellery School

Have you been wanting to try your hand at making silver jewellery for a while? Or have you given it a try and want to know what to move onto next?

We have responded to feedback from students that were looking for a course in between our beginners silver and our more advanced silver courses. So now we have two!

Introducing new classes – Beginners Silver Jewellery II and Beginners Silver Jewellery III

AND we have a special offer price for those who’d like to take all 3 beginners silver jewellery courses! Read on to find out more.

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Beginners Silver Jewellery I, 10-5pm (one day), £149

This course, taken by hundreds of students over the years, remains the same. On BSJ1 you will learn to make lovely silver jewellery using traditional techniques a great beginners class and an excellent introduction to making silver jewellery. Covering techniques like sawing, soldering, annealing, polishing and finishing you will make a soldered silver ring and a pierced silver pendant. This is a great course to start with to see if you will enjoy working with silver.

Find out more >

If you have already taken this course we recommend you move onto Beginners Silver Jewellery II or Beginners Silver Jewellery III. You can choose to do one or both. They are a great introduction to our more advanced silver jewellery courses.

 

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*NEW* Beginners Silver Jewellery II, 10-5pm (one day), £149

You will take your skills up a level, practice soldering multiple pieces and work with the doming technique. You will make a double domed ring and a pair of domed earrings or a pendant.  This will give you lots more scope in your jewellery making skills so it is a great follow on from BSJ1

Find out more >

 

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*NEW* Beginners Silver Jewellery III, 10-5pm (one day), £149

Let’s add some beautiful gemstones to your work! In this day course, you will be guided by a tutor to make a silver bangle and set a simple cabochon stone using a pre-made bezel cup – the perfect introduction to stone setting.  If there is time, you will also make a pair of gemstone earrings.

Find out more >

 

And we have a special offer for you …

If you would like to take all 3 of these courses then choose the beginners silver jewellery bundle >

Buying the bundle saves you £68 (based on the cost if you purchase each course individually).

 

But I’ve already taken Beginners Silver Jewellery I …

If you have already taken Beginners Silver Jewellery I and are interested in making those gorgeous pieces taught in II and III then do contact us in the office. If you buy the two-course bundle (Beginners Silver 2 and 3) you’ll get them both for £250. That’s a saving of £48. (Regular price is £298). This offer price is valid until 28th February 2019 so get in touch now!

Call us on 0203 176 0546 or email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

Note: we will continue to add dates through the year so don’t worry if you can’t make the dates we have at the moment. We are working with our tutors to schedule more asap!

 

Free online Gemstone and Wire intro mini-course for you this christmas 🎁

free-gemstone-wire-course-jewellers-academyHere is an early Christmas present 🎁 from our sister company Jewellers Academy.

Intro to Gemstone and Wire FREE mini-course >

Join Jessica Rose in this fun and relaxed online mini-course covering three projects to learn to make:

– Simple and beautiful gemstone earrings
– Stacking gemstone bracelets
– Wire wrapped gemstone hoops

This is a great mindful activity to help focus your thoughts on the present, overcome overwhelm and learn a fun new skill while you are at it.
Join the course >

See below for some of the pieces you can learn to make with the mini-course…

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And if you enjoy that course check out the latest full Gemstone and Wire Jewellery course from Jewellers Academy. Launching tomorrow (18/12/18) it is currently available for a pre-sale price of £12.50, that’s 50% off!

What do you get?

  • 7 professionally filmed videos that you can watch any time you like as many times as you want!
  • Downloadable notes
  • A full list of tools and materials (and a bonus link to Kernowcraft to buy it all if you want!)

What will I learn?

  • Briolette wrapping
  • Creating wire loops
  • Creating shapes in wire to wrap your gemstones in
  • Working with cast components
  • incorporating chain into your designs
  • Using mini-mandrels, pliers and beading tools
  • And much more

Take a look at some of the gorgeous samples from the course below:

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Tempted? Take advantage of the special pre-sale price now > 50% off

50% off online metal clay class with Jewellers Academy

We’re excited to share that our sister company Jewellers Academy has launched the pre-sale of a brand new online metal clay course 🎉

And right now, you can get 50% off in the pre-sale! 🤗
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Fancy Bezels, Prongs and Bails in Metal Clay is taught by world-renowned metal clay artist Julia Rai and is designed for those with some experience of working with metal clay. On the course you will learn:

Two interesting stone setting techniques:

  • A fancy bezel (to set natural stones that have to be set after firing)
  • A prong setting (to set fire-in place stones) creating each prong out of metal clay by hand

Plus ways to embellish your work with:

  • Small components to add detail
  • Different bail types to add interest

You will also learn:

  • How to use jewellers investment to make a mould of your stone to create the correct size of bezel
  • Design ideas on how to create interesting layered designs
  • Plus lots of tips and tricks that Julia shares along the way

(Note: this is an advanced online course and it is recommended that the pieces are kiln-fired).

Take a look at the trailer:

 

 

And best of all, you can get 50% off in the pre-sale! The cost of the course will be £79 but with discount code BAILS at checkout, you can purchase it for £39.50 (Pre-sale discount ends on 12th November 2018).

This is an online course which launches on 13th November so there’s not long to wait! On that date, you will get access to all 11 professionally filmed videos as well as downloadable notes. You get lifetime access to the course and can watch the videos as often as you want.

Click here to find out more and to purchase the course >

New – Wax Carved Jewellery certification course at the London Jewellery School

wax-carved-silver-pendants-london-jewellery-schoolWould you like to work towards a certification in wax carved jewellery?

We are excited to announce our newest certification course – Certificate in Wax Carved Jewellery level 1, accredited by the London Jewellery School.

This course is suitable for beginners or those that have some wax carving experience, either experimenting at home or in a class.

Taught over 5 consecutive Wednesdays (10-5pm) you will go from beginners level (a great refresher for those who have tried it before) you will then move on to intermediate techniques, stone setting and finally work on your own project with support from a tutor.

Take a look at what you’ll learn:

Week 1 – Beginners Wax Carving 
– Basic designing for wax carving
– Qualities and properties of different forms of wax
– Using wax carving tools to achieve your designs
– Making finished wax carved masters ready to cast
– Full information on how and where to get your wax pieces cast locally and affordably and much more…
Week 2 – Intermediate Wax Carving 
– More complex pieces including pendants and earrings
– Designing and making a collection
– Working with symmetry and being able to make symmetrical pieces
– Developing ideas and creating pieces with multiple layers and much more…
Week 3 – Stone Setting in Wax 
– Qualities and properties of different forms of wax
– Rub over settings including setting cabochon and faceted stones
– Using wax carving tools to achieve your designs
– How to carve recesses for different sizes and shapes of stone
– Making finished wax carved masters ready to cast
Week 4 – Stone Setting in Wax 
– Claw settings
– How to carve recesses for different sizes and shapes of stone
– Making finished wax carved masters ready to cast
Week 5 – Own project 
A self-led workbench day allowing you time and support to work on a projecto of your own design with the support of a tutor
The cost of the course includes 2 cast pieces which will be organised, paid for and collected for you by LJS 

The course will be taught on Wednesdays, 10-5pm starting on 7th November 2018

And if you enrol on this new course, scroll down to see the special bonuses you’ll get!

Be inspired! Take a look at some of the course samples

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Also, check out the work of jeweller and LJS tutor Sophie Arnott who regularly wax carves her collections.

What do you get?

  • 4 taught classes (24 hours teaching time) in a small group at our Hatton Garden studios
  • 6 hours of supervised practice to work on your own designs with tutor support and guidance
  • Two pieces cast organised and collected for you by LJS

Click here to find out more about the course and to book your place >

jewellers-academy-logoBonus offer from Jewellers Academy
For those students that join us on this course starting in November, we are adding an additional bonus courtesy of our sister company Jewellers Academy.
You will get lifetime access to the Jewellers Academy online wax carving classes.
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Stone setting in wax (note, this has been filmed but is not yet published. You will get access to the course as soon as it is published)

With the online courses, you can watch the video modules as many times as you like and it works as a perfect refresher for your training at the London Jewellery School.

What are you waiting for? Now’s the time to really get to grips with this fantastic technique. Click here to enrol >

Any questions? Get in touch! Give us a call on 0203 176 0546 or email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

Design jewellery inspired by architecture – a partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects

royal-institute-british-architectsYou’re invited to a unique jewellery workshop inspired by Art-deco surroundings.

We’re very excited to announce that we are partnering with the Royal Institute of British Architects and will be running a beginners wax carved ring workshop in the gorgeous art-deco RIBA building.

What: Wax carved ring inspired by architecture

Where: RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London

When: 3rd November 2018, 11-4pm

Tickets: Click here for more information and to book tickets >

Suitable for complete beginners

 

This taster workshop will be run by an LJS tutor at RIBA’s iconic art-deco building where the incredibly intricate interiors can be used to inspire your ring designs. We just love all the gorgeous details of this fascinating building. Take a look at some of the carving that you’ll get to see

riba-carvingUsing photos and sketches from your tour, you’ll then develop two unique designs that you’ll bring to life in blue jeweller’s wax, pre-cut into ring blanks.

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With our expert guidance, you’ll then use hand tools to carve and shape your designs throughout the rest of the day. We’ll take you through the process of sizing, shaping, applying heat and how to add intricate detail and texture to your carvings.

By the end of the workshop you’ll have created two rings in wax, and have learned about the full process of wax carving and casting jewellery. The difficult part will be selecting your favoured design to be cast offsite. With a choice of silver, copper or bronze, your spectacular ring will be fully polished and finished for you or the intended recipient to wear. We’ll post your ring to you within 2 weeks of the workshop.

This event is for students and adults aged 18 and over. It is suitable for complete beginners and we have a maximum of 7 students per class allowing lots of one-on-one attention from our experienced tutor.

All materials will be provided. Online booking in advance is essential. Click here to find out more and to book a place >

Images are courtesy of RIBApix 

World Architecture Day-1st October

Here we look at the many ways that jewellery can be made architectural as a celebration of World Architecture Day. Architects love putting on different creative hats within the design world. The humble chair is often the focus of their attentions, but they are equally inclined (rather than reclined) to turn their hands to the decoration of necks, fingers and ears. Architectural jewellery is a term, it seems, used for what modern architectural forms can bring to design, rather than the incorporating of the columns and domes of classical architecture into collections-which is frankly a shame.

However Vicki Amberly Smith doesn’t shy away from this creating recognisable mini-structures in meticulous detail. From Palladio to Lubetkin’s Penguin Pool in mini metal models, you can sport a whole building on your hand from her ring collection.

Starchitects who have dabbled in the jewellery world include Frank Gehry in collaboration with Tiffany & Co and the late, great Zaha Hadid with Georg Jensen.

As we know, the lure of jewellery making is strong and many a former architect has turned full-time jewellery maker, to the good fortune their customers and inspirational joy for us. Great jewellery is something you want to inhabit. It makes you feel good, just as a well-considered built environment should do. Jewellery should be as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional and improve the quality of your life (not a lot to ask. Is it?). It’s the kind of high-level design work that architects do for their clients, thinking about their needs, lifestyles and use of materials. I think we should feel privileged to be in the company of makers like the following converts Amanda Li Hope, Jeanne Marrell and Yeena Yoon.

Images: Juliet Sheath

 

These pieces by Jeanne Marrell highlight the precise and intricate use of materials in her work.

 

 

Reminiscent of an iconic building that may not have been built yet, Ute Decker makes pieces that are both sculptural and architectural in their flowing forms.

 

The bold, brights of Finest Imaginary are often directly inspired by architecture, making versions of houses that can travel with you – clearly better than just one home.

Usually it’s the buildings that an architect leaves behind that become their legacy. While jewellery can be a reminder of a loved one who has passed away. But in the case of Luis Barragan, artist Jill Magid ensured that the memory of the prominent Mexican architect was immortalised in a diamond ring. A 2 carat diamond ring was created from his ashes as an offering for his archive.

Of course, you may want to put your heart and soul into your jewellery making, but maybe not your mortal remains. So if you are feeling like you could be inspired by architecture, visit us at our new digs for the day at the RIBA. We will be partnering with the RIBA for a Wax Carving Class in magnificent Art Deco surroundings on Saturday 3rd November.

Showcasing jewellery designed and made by our Diploma students

We have had two Diploma groups studying for their Intensive Diplomas this summer and we are really proud to share just a sample of the work they have made below. Many of them had not made jewellery before and what they have achieved over the course of the Diploma is fantastic, congratulations to you all.

If seeing this gorgeous jewellery is tempting you to consider a Diploma course with us we have three to choose from starting in September. Our Diploma courses are taught on one day per week allowing you to fit in studying with your other commitments. We also have flexible payment plans available and a maximum number of 7 per group ensuring you have individual support from our expert tutors. The focus of your courses is to help you develop your making skills.

If you’d like to try a variety of jewellery making techniques including silver, beading, metal clay, perspex, wax carving, resin and more then take a look at our Diploma in Creative Jewellery. We have Sunday and Wednesday options available starting this September.

If you would like to focus on silversmithing then our Diploma in Silver Jewellery is for you, run on a Saturday.

The above Diploma courses are both suitable for beginners or those with a little jewellery making experience.

If you are already advanced then our intensive Advanced Diploma in Creative Jewellery could be for you.

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Copyright of the jewellery designs above is held by each individual designer.

Switch to a career you love. Train as a professional jeweller with three Jewellery Diplomas to choose from at the London Jewellery School 💍

Are you itching for a change in career? Or would you like a side hustle – a creative business you can work on part-time at your own pace? Why not consider studying jewellery making in more depth with one of our Diploma courses.

The cost of a degree nowadays, coupled with the amount of time you need to devote to it, means that people are looking for alternative, more flexible options to fit in with their day to day life and work. Many of our Diploma students have successfully completed the course while working or raising a family. With only one day of study per week for a year AND weekend day options there is bound to be a solution for you.

 

We have three Diploma courses for you to choose from, all starting in September this year.

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Diploma in Creative Jewellery

Taught 1 day per week – choose from Wednesday or Sunday

Not done much jewellery making before or want to try lots of methods of jewellery making? Then our Diploma in Creative Jewellery is for you. You can choose either the Wednesday or Sunday course days this September.

This comprehensive Diploma Course is fantastic, as it introduces you to a wide range of jewellery making techniques, both traditional and contemporary, and really helps you to find your jewellery making ‘voice’ and unique style.  The Course will take you from a beginner in jewellery making to a professional standard and focuses on combining a mixture of traditional jewellery skills such as silversmithing, stone setting, wax carving and enamel but is unique also in its focus on more contemporary methods and materials such as resin, perspex, metal clay and fashion jewellery. Although, the focus is on mastering the technical skills and techniques, over the course of the diploma you will also learn essential skills for starting and running your own jewellery brand including technical drawing, photographing your jewellery and a jewellery business day focusing on branding, USP and all the legalities of running your own business.

The Course runs over 3 terms of 12 weeks and Classes run 1 day per week with a maximum of 7 students per Class.  Each term, your work will be marked by an expert Tutor and constructive feedback will be given to ensure you are progressing and pushing yourself and your jewellery designs forwards.

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Diploma in Silver Jewellery

Taught one day per week on Saturdays

Want to focus on silversmithing? Then choose our Diploma in Silver Jewellery. Taught over two terms by our expert tutors who all have their own jewellery businesses. We have a course starting on Saturdays in September – perfect if you are busy during the week.

This course is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience of working with silver. You will be taken through the basics and then start to learn more advanced silversmithing techniques including soldering, stone setting, fold forming, wax carving and enamelling. You’ll have supervised practice time with an expert tutor and no more than 7 students in the group. Your work will be marked by an expert Tutor and you’ll be given support all the way through the course to learn, develop and find your own creative voice.

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Advanced Diploma in Creative Jewellery

Intensive

If you have completed one of our Diplomas or at an advanced level of study why not consider our Advanced Diploma in Creative Jewellery. This Intensive course taught over 2 and a half weeks starting on Monday 3rd September, with five taught days per week, is for you if you feel like you want to get to the next level with your jewellery work. Working in a small group with expert Tutors you will enjoy the benefits of intensive study. We will also support you in finding relevant work experience.

You can read Advanced Diploma graduate Lil Adam’s thoughts on the course here > Alumni from the course also includes Sally Costen who has since won a Silver Award in the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Awards 2018.

 

What if I’m not in London?

We have had Diploma students travel weekly from as far away as Dublin, Newcastle and Poole! The weekend classes are often a good choice if you are travelling from further afield as the travel costs are usually cheaper and the congestion charge is not in operation at weekends.

 

We understand that the Diploma courses are an investment both in time and money, so, we offer flexible payment plans to help you along the way.

We are proud of the fact that our Diploma Courses changes the lives of our students and opens them up to a world of techniques, friendships and experiences.

 

If you have any questions about any of our courses please do give us a call on 0203 176 0546. We are open during office hours 7 days a week. Alternatively, email us on info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you on one of our courses soon!

March Birthstone-Aquamarine-Sea life through blue tinted stones

The bluey-green Aquamarine gets its name from the Latin for ‘water of the sea’. Lucky March born children have this brittle, sensitive gem as their birthstone and personalities that reportedly range from friendly and boisterous to vibrant and colourful (like this beautiful stone). Its a gemstone symbolic of health and hope -so perfectly matched to springy feelings.

Aquamarine is part of the Beryl family which includes Emerald and gets its colour from its iron content, with the dark blue shade has always been the most desirable. So what would you do if these stones were given to you (apart from saying thank you kindly)? These jewellers are here to show you some wildly different ways of handling Aquamarine’s watery depths.

Massimo Izzo heads to the rock pool for an epic splash of decadence with this Aquamarine, Diamond, Yellow Gold ring, representing sea life-starfish, seahorse and shells.

Here Rosanne Pugliese heads to the other extreme with a lovely minimal setting, using a delicate Gold frame to clasp a sheet of Aquamarine in place.

Art Nouveau master Rene Lalique does delicacy and abundance in one piece with this dragonfly and grasshopper necklace.

On a smaller scale in this very wearable ring, set with Aquamarine, blue topaz and diamonds by Melanie Casey.

Finally Regine Schwarzer shows us how to pick a boldly-coloured stone (like the bottom of the ocean this Aquamarine potentially has its own thoughts and feelings it’s so deep) and make a piece all about beautiful shade and texture by avoiding traditional faceting.

 

Spring hasn’t totally sprung but it’s never too early to jump into one of our lovely classes.

 

 

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