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You’re invited! Free demonstrations and exclusive discount at our open evening

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You are invited! We’d love you to join us for our FREE open evening on Tuesday 30th October, 6.30-8.30pm in our Hatton Garden studios.

Enjoy a drink, some jewellery chat, meet our Founder Jessica Rose and our new manager Mirielle and learn techniques while watching our expert jewellery making demonstrations. Jeweller Michelle Leaver will be demonstrating enamelling and Amy Keeper will be demonstrating silversmithing techniques.

If you are interested in finding out more about our courses including our Jewellery Diplomas it’s a great opportunity to come and visit, see the studios and ask questions.

AND we are offering an exclusive discount on day and evening courses booked in person that evening. Take 20% off! We’ve announced that prices will rise on some of our courses in January so now’s a great time to book for 2018 and 2019 with discount.

No need to RSVP, just join us on the night!

Address: London Jewellery School. New House, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8JY

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

Raindrop jewellery

The weather has well and truly turned. Looking out the jewellery school windows we can see the “Gherkin” and other London landmarks wreathed in grey cloud instead of sparkling in the late burst of sunshine. And we wouldn’t dare nip to the shop without a brolly.

But even if it is grey and damp outside, there is still inspiration to be found as the collection of raindrop jewellery  below proves. Silver and crystal drops maybe the first thoughts you have about raindrop jewellery but here are some other approaches using shape, different materials or colours.

silver jewellery making

This silver and topaz raindrop by Rachel Gallery makes a wet day brighter.

 

rain drop jewellery

This ebony, opal and silver pendant by Silverstone Dimensions was inspired by rain running down a window.

 

rain drop jewellery

Raindrops don’t need to be grey as shown by Christine Darren’s Druzy Raindrop Earrings featuring coppertone druzy stones 18k gold plated chain

 

rain jewellery

Rain can be fun and quirky too as in this pendant by Riverwalk Designs. Think about creating your own weather scene in resin.

 

rainbow jewellery making

We couldn’t talk about the rain with out having a rainbow. So to cheer you up is a cuff by LJS team favourite Elizabeth Raine. Why not think about all the ways you could create your own rainbow – enamel, beads, Perspex and resin come to mind

Jewellery techniques – enamelling

If you enjoy metal working, either silver smithing or metal clay, have you considered extending your skills with enamelling? It’s a lovely way of adding long lasting colour to your jewellery.

What is enamelling?

Enamel is glass fused by heat to a metal surface. Enamel is crushed to a powder and then applied to a metal surface using one of many techniques including dry sifting or wet laying. The work is heated in a kiln to about 850 degrees centigrade when the enamel melts and fuses to the metal. This usually only takes one or two minutes but often several firings will be needed to complete a piece.

 

enamel jewellery classes

Enamel on silver clay by L0ndon Jewellery School  tutor Anna Campbell (copyright 2014)

Would you like to try enamelling?

We have a beginners enamelling course where you will learn

  • how to prepare metal for enamelling
  • many different techniques for enamelling including sifting and wet packing
  • how to enamel on copper and silver

 If you are interested in learning more about enamelling do have a look at the work of the Guild of Enamellers, a UK based group whose aims are

 To encourage and promote the craft of enamelling and the work of members

  • To seek to exert a progressive influence on standards of workmanship and design in enamelling
  • To foster good public relations and develop links with other crafts

 What does the Guild do?

The guild organise activities, workshops, competitions, exhibitions etc so do regularly check their website – www.guildofenamellers.org and like their facebook page to stay up to date.

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Would you like to be inspired by some of the work created by members of the Guild? They currently have an exhibition entitled ‘Jewels from the Fire’ on show at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby. The exhibition runs from 3rd October until 16th November 2014 (gallery is closed on Mondays) so please do go along and see the beautiful work if you are in the area.

 How can I join?

For more information about how to join the guild please click here