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Job opportunity – Tutor in Gemology

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We are recruiting for our talented tutor team!

Background

We have a popular evening taster class Introduction to Gemstones and we would like to add a more advanced one day class in Gemology to our course offering. In this role you will write and deliver a one day course that covers the topic that is informative, interactive and interesting for our jewellery making students. You will also write course notes that will be sent out to our students prior to attending the course.

Person specification

You will have

  • A demonstrable expertise in gemology
  • An ability to pass on your knowledge and enthusiasm of the subject to our students
  • Teaching/training experience preferred but not required

Hours

The number of classes that you teach will be agreed with and scheduled by our general manager. We run classes seven days a week so occasional work at weekends will be required.

One day classes run from 10 until 5pm with an hour lunch break. You are required to arrive by 9.30am to set up your classroom and to pack up at the end of the course.

Evening taster classes run from 6.30-9pm. You are required to arrive by 6pm to set up your classroom and to pack up at the end of the course.

 

Questions? Email us on info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk or give us a call during office hours on 0203 176 0546

Ready to apply? Please send your CV and covering email about why you think you are suitable for the job to info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Grow your jewellery business in 2018 – FREE ONLINE MASTERCLASS

The new year is a brilliant time to look forward to your plans for the year/s ahead and the direction you want to take your jewellery making and… well, your life in general.

If you run or are planning to start a jewellery business there are many things you can do to push yourself forward this year and ensure you reach your goals. Do you want to increase your sales, build more followers on social media, launch that new website work on your pricing, develop a new product range or re-brand your business? Whatever your goals, we want to help you get there.

Our award-winning founder and jewellery business mentor, Jessica Rose is hosting a series of FREE online masterclasses this January on how to ‘Grow your Jewellery Business’. Everyone is welcome and of course LJS students are extra welcome as supporting you to achieve success in your ventures is top on our priority list.

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“ I would love to visit every LJS student who wants to run a jewellery business and give them personal mentoring! However, it’s just not possible with over 15,000 students so an online session that everyone can attend is the perfect solution’ Jessica Rose

The session will last around an hour  and is suitable for beginners as well as experienced business owners and Jessica will take you through:

  • 3 things you can do today to grow your jewellery business this year
  • An 8-step roadmap that will guide you on exactly how to grow any jewellery business
  • – The key reasons jewellery businesses fail and how to avoid them in your business
  • – Plus a free downloadable worksheet and checklist for growth to work alongside Jessica in the session

Jess has run 5 different jewellery businesses over the past 10 years and has won 6 business awards for the growth and success of some of those businesses. As well as making plenty of mistakes (which she will tell you about herself!) so there is a wealth of knowledge to learn from, not to mention her wonderful team of tutors and experts who also offer business support through our classes and online programmes.

There are only two live sessions left, with limited spaces and they end next week, so do get in quick if you would like to join. Pick your date and click on the link below to sign up:

 

Monday 15th January 11am (GMT)- Sign-up – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/growyourjewellerybusiness3

Thursday 18th January 8pm (GMT)- Sign-up – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/growyourjewellerybusiness4

 

Of course, this is not only a great opportunity to learn about building an amazing jewellery business but is also a great chance to network with other jewellers (we usually have lots of them in each session) and you can ask Jess any questions about your business in the Q&A section at the end of the live Masterclass.

We will also be sharing a very special offer for the upcoming online Jewellery Business Bootcamp course which you can find more details about here: https://learn.jewelleryschoolonline.com/p/the-jewellery-business-bootcamp-2018

 

We look forward to seeing you there

Until next time,
Happy Making x

 

 

 

Online Charity Raffle

Fancy giving to a good cause with a chance to win fabulous Jewellery making prizes? Well yes, obviously, me too.
Here at the Jewellery School we are running an exciting online raffle from now until Sunday 22nd October 2017, for just a pound a ticket to raise money for the victims of Grenfell Tower fire.

Prizes include:

  • Any 1 Day Class at London Jewellery School (worth up to £140)
  • Any 3 Taster Classes of your choice (not including the wax carving taster or valentines class)
  • A Soldering Kit
  • A Metal Clay Starter Kit
  • £50 Gift Voucher which can be redeemed against any day or evening class

50% of monies we raise will go to the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster. Tickets will be randomly selected on Monday 23rd October and winners will be notified by email.

You enter by paying through paypal, go to this link https://www.paypal.me/ljsraffle2017/1
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Raffle terms and conditions

You can enter as many times as you like – £1 = 1 entry

Your choice of course is dependent on our timetable and available spaces at the time of booking

Cost of travel to LJS is not included in the prize

If a class has to be cancelled you will be notified and will be able to transfer your booking to another date

If you win the 3 taster classes of your choice you can choose any taster classes except the wax carving taster class or valentines class http://www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk/taster-classes/

Your class must be taken by October 2018

There is no monetary equivalent for the prizes

Free postage for the soldering kit and metal clay kit in the UK only. Overseas winners will need to pay additionally for postage

The £50 gift voucher prize can be redeemed against any day or evening class only

 

Diploma Exhibition Invitation – 29th September 2017

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You are cordially invited to the Diploma in Creative Jewellery Exhibition, but no need to RSVP, just come along for free! It’s a great opportunity to visit the school if you are thinking of taking a class with the added incentive of checking out what our most recent students have been making. Drinks and nibbles will also be in attendance. We will look forward to seeing you!

When: Friday 29th September 2017, 6.30-8pm

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

You’re invited to the free Hatton Garden Festival this weekend!

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As you may know, our teaching studios are based in the heart of Hatton Garden which is an area famous for being London’s jewellery quarter and the home of the UK’s diamond market. We are excited to be a part of the Hatton Garden Festival this weekend, Friday 21st July and Saturday 22nd July 2017.

We will have a stall in the street on Saturday 22nd July with some demonstrations as well as jewellery making kits and class samples available to buy so please pop over and see us!

Here’s what else is going on!

Friday July 21st
12:00 – 13:00
Festival launches
Live DJ

13:00 – 13:20
Opening performance from opera singer Deborah Holmes

13:20 – 14:00
Married in Hatton Garden performance
Catch the bouquet competition with prizes

14:00 – 17:30
Live DJ

17:30 – 18:00
Modern Day Classics – Tanya Seifert

Saturday July 22nd
12:00 – 13:00
Live DJ

13:00 – 13:20
Acoustic Country Music – Belle & The Busker

13:20 – 14:00
Married in Hatton Garden performance
Catch the bouquet competition with prizes

14:00 – 17:30
Live DJ

16:00
Diamond Hunt and Raffle prize winners announced

17:30 – 18:00
Motown & Soul Classics – Abigail Scott

On top of all of the amazing live entertainment you will get the opportunity to experience talks about jewellery trends, design and jewellery making workshops, free engravings, prosecco receptions, an on-street croquet pitch and garden party and much more…

Location: Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY. The nearest tube stations are Farringdon and Chancery Lane. We’ll see you there!

Summer sale – 25% off day and evening classes!

The weather may be changeable but our hot hot hot summer sale is here! Get 25% off day and evening classes!

You can book any available class in 2017 and can book on as many eligible classes as you want! But hurry, places go quickly so make sure you book early to get the class and date you want.

Day classes

You can choose from any of these day classes with available places

Beading and wire

Glass and enamel

Metal clay

Silver jewellery

Resin and perspex

Fashion and design

Wax carving

Polymer clay

Jewellery business

 

Evening classes

Or any of these evening classes!

 

How to book

You can book online or over the phone (0203 176 0546) with discount code 04061701

 

Which class have you had your eye on? Now’s the perfect time to book your place!

 

The pesky terms and conditions

25% discount is available on day classes and evening classes

Discount available on eligible classes while places are available or until 30th June 2017

Discount can be used as many times as you like!

Discount cannot be used on taster classes, certification classes, diploma courses, products from our shop, online or distance courses

Please check class dates carefully before booking as we regret we cannot give refunds or transfers

 

Smog Diamonds – World Environment Day 5th June

How jewellery will save the planet!

What a relief. I was wondering who would do it. (All my hopes were on Leonardo Di Caprio)

Although jewellery is often inspired by the natural world there is often little opportunity to give back to mother earth. Last year Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde invented a way of creating jewellery whilst cleansing the skies. His towers in Beijing were designed to scoop up polluted air, filter out the filth and release it back into the city up to 75% cleaner. The carbon from the smog is then transformed by pressure into diamonds in under half an hour.

Roosegaarde doesn’t like waste, so fingers crossed for our portable diamond producing face masks to pound the London pavements in style, as I am fairly sure there might be some spare smog round these parts.

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Ideas for saving the world with jewellery are always welcome. Or, for now, save your pocket in our Summer Sale with 25% off evening and day courses using code 04061701 when booking online or over the phone (0203 176 0546).

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.

 

 

You Can Make It metal clay residential conference

2017 brings us the first You Can Make It metal clay residential conference! LJS tutor Anna Campbell is among the expert teachers travelling from all over the world to teach. Here she gives you more information about the conference and how to book

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I’m really excited to be a part of the You Can Make It residential metal clay conference. If, like me, you have tried metal clay and love it, why not join us? You will learn so much from all the teachers and all your fellow metal clayers. People at all levels of experience with metal clay are welcome.

 

When? 24-26th March 2017

Where? Springfield Country Hotel Leisure Club and Spa, Grange Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5AL, England

 

What?

YCMI is a residential metal clay conference held in a spa hotel in Dorset. There is a selection of full day masterclasses, hands on sessions, demos and talks to choose from taking place over the weekend. There are so many techniques and projects you can learn over the course of the weekend – check out the website for all the information.

There is also the chance to get to know other metal clayers, take part in a charm swap (where you make a number of metal clay charms and swap with others to build up your own unique bracelet) and the ‘Your favourite make’ competition, visit the Make it Market and more.

The event is sponsored and subsidised to make it as affordable as possible. Check out the YCMI website for all the details and to book your place. You need to choose your masterclass and hands on sessions at the time of booking so don’t wait – you don’t want your favourite class to be fully booked before you get on! You can check class availability here.

 

Worldwide expert tutors

Tutors are travelling from all over the UK and the world and they include Wanaree Tanner, Anna Mazon, Joy Funnell, Tracey Spurgin, Julia Rai, Carol Douglas, Anna Campbell, Grainne Reynolds, Leigh Armstrong, Petra Cameron, Kim Paige, Shayna Bowles and a Japanese guest artist from Aida (manufacturers of Art Clay) tbc.

 

Check out the YCMI website for all the details and to book your place. I hope to see you there!

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

Slight amendment! 20 Free Listings on Folksy!

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Huge apologies – there was a typo in the code for 20 free listings on Folksy we gave you yesterday!  Please use the code LSJ20 to sign up!  Here is the link to sign up – https://folksy.com/landing/sell-handmade-jewellery-online!

Apologies again and good luck with your new Folksy shops!

Happy Making! x

Previewing Art Clay 950

A couple of weeks ago LJS received a parcel from Metal Clay Ltd with a preview packet of the not yet available to buy Art Clay 950. Metal clay tutor Anna Campbell was very excited to have a go with it!

 

Art Clay 950 is a new formula of clay that is also being called sterling silver clay. I have written more here about what Art Clay 950 is in a previous blog post so do have a look back at this before reading the results of my testing.

With the preview packet we received I wanted to test out the following features of the clay and compare them to original Art Clay

  • Strength – both in the dry form and once fired
  • Ability to carve the clay in the dry form stage
  • Shrinkage (particularly important for rings)
  • Setting a fireable stone
  • Enamelling

I was able to make three projects with the clay:

 

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Ring shank with holes

I wouldn’t even try this in original Art Clay! I wanted to test the shrinkage and strength when I hammer it around once fired. It was 5 cards thick before firing.

 

Results

This shows why it is important to do a test of your kiln before you start firing a new clay. My ring shank broke very easily suggesting that my kiln is underfiring (is firing at a lower temperature than it says it is). It should have been strong enough to hammer around into a ring band.

When trying out a new clay for the first time I suggest you make one or two test strips of the clay that are 5 cards thick and about 6cm long. Fire them to the manufacturer’s guidelines and test them carefully when they come out of the kiln. Can you bend them without breaking? If they break it suggests that there may be a problem with your kiln firing and you might need to adjust your temperatures or length of firing. If that is the case I suggest contacted the clay manufacturer for advice.

 

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Ring

With the ring I wanted to test the shrinkage, ability to set a fireable stone and carving.

I made the ring and dried it. I made a paste with 950 and tap water and was easily able to stick the dried set stone to the dried ring. Carving was a dream! I really love that having tried to carve original Art Clay and found it was easy to break it!

 

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Finished stone set ring

Results

The piece fired well with very little warping. The stone did change colour but this does sometimes happen with cubic zirconia stones in the blue colours. I was advised to re-fire the piece in carbon as this sometimes changes the stone back to the original colour but did not in this case.

I am really pleased with this ring. I will be using this clay for all my rings in the future because it is so much stronger than the fine silver of the original Art Clay.

 

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Enamelled pendant

I used a Quick Art template and the Quick Art stylus from Metal Clay to make this pendant.

I rolled the stencilled section out at 3 cards thick. It was easy to cut out the stencil using the stylus which has a really fine tip. My previous needle tool made that quite difficult because the needle was thick so it was difficult to get a neat line.

I dried and filed the stencilled section. I then added it to a 2 card thick layer of wet clay. Once dried I cleaned the edges with baby wipes to ensure no join was visible.

 

Results

The piece had bowed slightly after firing, nothing that I was not expecting.

 

Enamelling

Original Art Clay is excellent for enamelling because it is fine silver and therefore does not require depletion guilding to counteract the effect of the copper. I was interested to see how different this would be to enamel.

I went about enamelling this piece in the same way as I would enamel fine silver (by this I mean I did no depletion guilding).

I cleaned the metal with pumice and dried it carefully. I used the wet packing technique to fill the cells that I had created with opaque enamels. I had already tested my chosen enamel colours on scrap silver to ensure the colours would work well.

I did two firings of the enamelling for about 1 minute 30 seconds each time. On the second firing I added more blue and red enamel as the cells didn’t look quite full.

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Coming out of the kiln the piece looked like this. There were some brown spots and some enamel on the silver (next to the top left blue cell)

I used a medium diagrit (a diamond impregnated mesh that is used like sandpaper to remove excess enamel from metal surfaces) and was easily able to clean the marks off the silver.  I then used a fine diagrit, wet and dry papers and 3M polishing papers to finish the piece.

I’m really pleased with the result. It was much better than I expected as I had expected to see more of an effect because I didn’t depletion guild.

 

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Finished Enamelled Pendant using Art Clay 950 by Anna Campbell

Conclusions

I am very impressed with this clay. I certainly plan to use it for my own pieces because of the strength, ability to hallmark as 925 sterling silver (which is popular with customers) and the price.

At LJS we have been discussing whether to create a class in Art Clay 950. I certainly think that an intermediate class would be popular and different from our current classes but the long kiln firing makes it difficult to fit this into our usual one day class format. We will certainly let you know if/when we launch an Art Clay 950 class and would love to hear from you about what you would like to learn to make with it. Please let us know in the comments below.

Art Clay 950 is available to buy now from Metal Clay Ltd and currently you also receive 10% extra free!

I’d like to thank Metal Clay for the opportunity to test out this clay before general release.

 

Come along for a demonstration

I will be demonstrating Art Clay 950 and showing all the samples of pieces I have made at the free Studio Warming at London Jewellery School in our new studios on 29th September 2016 from 6.30pm. There will also be demos of water casting and stacking rings.

RSVP by 20th September to info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

 

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

I’d love to see you there and chat to you about this new clay!

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs