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New jewellery classes and revamped favourites

As you may have noticed, our tutors have been working on some exciting new additions to the courses we offer at LJS for both beginners and more advanced practitioners and we’d love to invite you to book a place!

These new classes include:

Silver jewellery

Silver stacked bangles

Make your own silver findings

Granulation and fusing

Channel setting in silver

Collet setting in silver

Grain setting in silver

Silver clay jewellery

Make a metal clay charm bracelet

Evening and taster classes

For those of you that are working in London during the day, check out our new evening and taster classes:

Stacked silver rings taster (1 evening)

Stone setting 10 week evening class (10 weeks)

Soldering and stone setting in silver (5 weeks)

Perspex jewellery taster (1 evening)

Mixed media jewellery (5 weeks)

Guided workshops

Based on feedback from you, we also now have silver and metal clay guided workshops. These are designed for those with some experience who would like to work on their own projects using our facilities with an expert tutor on hand to answer any questions.

Silver guided workshop

Metal clay guided workshop

Phew! Lots of exciting new courses to tempt you with! But we haven’t forgotten some of our old favourite classes. Tutor Helen Walls has designed all new projects for our beading classes.

Beginners beading

Designed for complete beginners or those who would like to practice and develop their skills.

Earring project


In this project you will learn how to

  • Make your own bespoke earring wires
  • Use bead caps
  • Make neat and even loops in wire
  • Open and close jump rings

Stacking bangles


In this project you will learn how to

  • Make your own bangles from wire
  • Create your own finish on the bangles including a hammered texture
  • Add charms and beads to your bangle

Necklace with decorative components


You will learn how to

  • Add beads and charms using wire and jump rings
  • Add chain

Double-row necklace


You will learn how to

  • Use stringing materials e.g. tiger tail
  • Effectively design your piece so it hangs well
  • Use crimps
  • Professionally finish your pieces

Intermediate beading

Designed for those that have attended beginners beading or those with some beading experience, you will learn a wide variety of more advanced skills on this one day class

Cluster cocktail ring and single stone cocktail ring


You will learn how to

  • Make and size your own ring with wire
  • Wire wrap beads to decorate your ring
  • Make a wire ring with a focal bead

Tassel earrings


You will learn how to

  • Make your own bespoke earring wires
  • Create a rosary link
  • Add chain to make a tassel



You will learn how to

  • Design your own bracelet with multiple components
  • Create a rosary link chain of beads
  • Link elements with wire and jump rings

T bar and toggle clasp


You will learn how to

  • Make your own bespoke findings to match your jewellery designs
  • Make an effective toggle clasp out of wire

Lariat necklace


You will learn how to

  • Make a lariat clasp in your choice of shape
  • Make a cluster bead pendant
  • Attach chain

Advanced beading

Designed for those that are ready to take their skills to the next level, some more advanced and complex skills and the opportunity to work on your own mixed media project with tutor support


You will learn how to

  • Weave beads and chain to make a cuff
  • Design your own mixed media variation including cord, buttons etc
  • The same techniques can be used to make other types of jewellery including earrings

Structured earrings


You will learn how to

  • Make your own wire frames
  • Add beaded elements
  • Use these design to make a pendant, necklace, lariat etc

Freestyle project


You will learn how to

  • Use the techniques you have learnt to design a statement piece with tutor support
  • Experiment with mixed media including wire, beads, chain, buttons, cord, fringing, ribbon etc

Hopefully we have something new to tempt you to come and visit us in our new studio at Hatton Garden! If you have any ideas for courses you would like to see please do let us know. We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

Free Jewellery Tutorial: Make a Beaded French Knit Necklace with Anna Campbell

Here at the London Jewellery School, all of our tutors are highly trained in a wide number of jewellery making techniques.  And they all love sharing their knowledge, skills and passion with the next generation of jewellery makers and artists.  Tutor, Anna Campbell, has created a short video tutorial on how to make a beaded french knit necklace using a French Knit Dollie.  Anna usually recommends the Clover Wonder Knitter as it has a wider hole in the centre which is great for larger beads.


We hope you enjoy making this project!  Have a go and let us know how you get on by sharing pictures on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

If you want to learn more jewellery making techniques you can find our face to face classes here, online courses here and a selection of other videos on our YouTube channel.


Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

50% off online learning for LJS students

online jewellery classes

Have you taken any of the following courses with London Jewellery School?

If so we have a very special offer for you. Until 29 February 2016, you can have 50% off the cost of the sister course at Jewellery School Online, our online learning site.

That means if you have taken one of the courses listed above you are eligible for the discount on the corresponding online courses which can be a great way of reinvigorating your learning if you are feeling rusty and need a reminder.


Why buy an online course?

These courses are a great way to continue your learning at home

  • You can pause, rewind and reply demos as many times as you like to perfect your technique
  • Each course comes with lifetime access and downloadable course notes to support your learning
  • Not everyone can remember everything covered in the course by the time they get round to making at home. Online courses are the perfect solution to refresh your memory and ensure you get great value for money when learning.


Which online courses are available to you?

LJS Course                                                                                                               Online cource with 50% off

Beginner’s Metal Clay or Silver Metal Clay Taster                                           Make Silver Metal Clay Charms with Julia Rai

Fashion Jewellery or Intermediate Beading                                                      Introduction to Fashion Jewellery with Hayley Kruger

Beginners Wire Wrapping or Linda Jones Wire Class                                    Introduction to Wire Jewellery with Linda Jones

Make a Silver Ring Taster Class or Beginners Silver Jewellery                     Make a Silver Ring with Rosie Sanders


How to claim your discount…

Email: contact@jewelleryschoolonline.com with your name, the course you have taken at LJS and the online course you would like to take and we will send you your 50% unique coupon code. You can then sign up to the course for half the price and access it from now onwards.

We look forward to seeing you on a course soon.

Inspirations: Feathers and plumage in jewellery

There has been a lot coverage of the V&A’s Alexander McQueen exhibition which opened this week and one topic that has come up quite a bit is McQueen’s fascination with birds and his use of plumage in his designs.

The bird fascination has been carried through in Sean Leane’s jewellery collection to accompany the V&A show which you can see here and it set the LJS team off on a look at how else plumage has influenced jewellery makers.

feather jewellery

These striking earrings show that grouped feathers can work as jewellery as well as separated dangling ones. This image was found in an article on men’s earrings on best-jewelry.org


feather jewellery

Not all feather jewellery features real feathers such as this ring by Maria Nilsdotter


feather fewellery

Feathers can be leather such as this one by LoveAtFirstBlush

feather jewellery

… or Perspex, Tatty Devine style

If you are now feeling inspired check out this feather necklace from LJS founder Jessica Rose’s book Bead and Wire Fashion Jewellery or take a Fashion Jewellery class to find out more about working with feathers.

1 FINISHED Feather Necklae Final on White copy


Inspirations: Autumn winter jewellery trends

So what jewellery trends might be influencing your making this autumn and winter? The London Jewellery School team take a look at the catwalks to pick out a few themes that might inspire your jewellery making (but please remember the difference between taking inspiration and copying).

Silver rings with coloured stones from the Proenza Schouler

Think big, fashion and the catwalks are all about statement pieces. This means less of a focus on expensive metals and precious stones. Instead size and colour means the use of semiprecious stones, and materials such as Perpsex, resin, leather and feathers – fur has even been incorporated into fashion pieces.

Leather and fur cuff from Fendi

Jewellery makers might want to put their own spin on chokers and cuffs – beading and wire work with crystals and glass beads or semi precious stones will work well here, as will soutache.

Crystal choker by Balenciaga

Giant crystal flowers make a statement at Chanel

Large feature beads are perfect for these statement pieces but seed beads will also be popular for more ethnic inspired chokers.

Crystal collar by Givenchy

If you want large coloured cabochon-type elements, think about creating your own in resin.

Cuffs in Perpsex or leather will definitely make a statement and you can also think about combining leather with chains to create fun fashion pieces that will catch the eye.


Gucci bonbon bracelets


Jessica Rose takes us behind the scenes of her first jewellery making book

London Jewellery School founder Jessica Rose‘s first jewellery making book, Bead and Wire Fashion Jewelry , is about to hit the shops, so we decided to ask her about how it came about and what it is like to produce a book.


beads wire fashion jewelry

Tell us a little about the book and where the idea came from

Absolutely. The book is called Bead and Wire Fashion Jewelry and is all about making big, bold and beautiful statement pieces of jewellery using a range of techniques and easy to source materials that you can easily do from home.

The idea came to me when I was learning to make my own bead and wire based jewellery. I loved going on to Amazon and finding books to teach me techniques for using wire, pliers, beads and mixed materials. I stated to apply those techniques to making my own style of statement fashion jewellery – pieces that combined different materials like fabrics, buttons, charms, etc, with traditional beads and wire wrapping.

When I was teaching classes at London Jewellery School, students often asked for a book that taught my style of jewellery making and designing in. I would usually give them a list of bead, wire, fashion jewellery and mixed media books along with suggested magazines to look at. This made me think that it would be great to have one book that combined all of these with guidance on the design process too. The seed was sown and I added “write a fashion jewellery making book” to my bucket list.


Bead and Wire Fashion Jewellery

Jessica’s book is full of stunning statement pieces and plenty of advice on creating your own variations and designs

Why did you decide to do it?

It is something that I have wanted to do for a while, I think there is something very special about being able to hold a book that you have written in your hand.

I also knew the process would force me to take some time out from behind the desk and spreadsheets running LJS and give me time to get making and be creative again – I loved designing all the pieces.

Mostly I decided to do it as I could see a clear need and gap in the market for this kind of book. It is the book I would have loved to have brought when I started making jewellery and with all the 1000s of students we have coming to LJS each year, I wanted to be able to offer something that I thought would help them on their jewellery making journey.


bead wire fashion jewelry

All the projects have detailed step by step instructions with beautiful clear pictures


Was writing the book what you expected – how long did it take you to come up with the ideas?

The process was a little different to what I had expected, but then again, having never written a book before I didn’t really know what to expect.

Once all the contracts were signed there were quite tight timescales that publishers needed me to work to. They have lots to think about in terms of layout, imagery and promoting it once the writing is finished so you have a close working relationship with them over when and how it all needs to be provided.

Coming up with ideas was the really fun part. I already had quite a clear picture in my mind of what I wanted for the book. I think is really important to get your concept clear in your mind from the offset so that the projects have a common theme and there is continuity. I choose to do chapters covering; rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

When I was designing the main questions I would ask myself are; is it a statement piece? Do the colours look gorgeous together? And, most importantly, would I love to wear it? If the answer was yes to all three I knew I was on the right track.


The book features a range of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings such as this clever three stone wire wrapped piece


What is involved in writing/publishing a book – what surprised you about the process?

Firstly I wrote a proposal for the book idea and submitted it to the publishers. I didn’t hear back for a few months so assumed that they weren’t interested or that it wasn’t the right time. I realised later that it can take months (and even years) for a proposal to be looked at, considered and researched at the publishers end. I heard back nearly a year later and they provisionally wanted me to write the book. Yippee!

After getting over my excitement I wrote a few sample projects for them to see before they offered me a contract to write the full book.

After contracts were signed, which I carefully read and made sure I was happy with upfront, I met with some of the publishing team and agreed the initial structure, chapters and timescale for when they needed all the content.

The writing process took around eight months and we liaised backwards and forwards from time to time on projects, text and images for the book. On the whole I got on with it and just started making the pieces, taking the pictures and working my through the book.

It got a little more stressful toward the end of the process as I am awful at sticking to deadlines, and in book publishing it is crucial that you do fit in with the timings because a whole team of people work on getting the book layouts done and ready once all of your content is in. With a little help from the LJS team and the team at the Guild of Master Craftsmen we got it all done and dusted and that was that.

It was a lot of work but a relatively simple and straightforward process. Like most things it is just about getting on and doing it.


bead wire jewelry fashion

For each project Jessica shares her design process through a mood board

What would you advise other people to think about if they were thinking of publishing a book or a collection of projects?

I think the main question to ask yourself before starting any book or project is; who are your target readers? Who are you putting it together for and do they want to make what you are offering? These are effectively your customers (or readers) and every book needs an audience.

I spotted a gap in the market for a fashion-focused bead and wire book because this type of book hasn’t been done before and I saw a demand at the London Jewellery School from students (and myself), who would like a book like this.

If you are considering writing a jewellery making or craft-based book (which is a great thing to do), then you need to consider what you can offer and what will be different about your book compared to all the rest on the market. Are there enough people who would be interested in buying it and how will you reach them? The publishers will do a lot of the promotion work, however, they will only take on a book as a project if they believe they will sell enough copies.

Also think about the amount of time you need to commit. It can take up to two years to produce a book from idea to bookshelf and for about six to nine months of that time you may need to work on it nearly full-time. It is a big commitment, so make sure you can accommodate it before agreeing terms with publishers.

Other than that the main focus is on coming up with lovely, unique projects that can inspire budding jewellers or crafters. If you can put something together that can help others to learn, be creative and start or develop a rewarding hobby or career then I think that’s a great thing to be able to do. I know that was my focus when putting the pages of the book together and I hope it can do just that.

bead wire fashion jewellery

The book offers advice on choosing colours and adapting projects to fit your style

If you would like a copy, the book is out in early September 2014 and available to pre-order from Amazon now here.

Jessica would be very happy to sign any copies and would love to know what you think of it and see pictures of your versions of the projects inside – feel free to get in touch anytime at Jessica@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk


Trendwatch: When one bracelet is not enough

bracelts summer 2014

Less is definitely not more this summer, as this image from FabFashionFix.com shows, multiple bracelets is the way to go

A big trend this summer is for layered bracelets – that is wearing several bracelets on the same arm at once.

Which for those of us with an extensive bracelet habit is excellent news. Time to show several off at once.

And the really good news is that they don’t have to match. You can mix styles and materials to create your individual look. So that could be friendship bracelets (or some revived Shambala pieces) combined with silver bangles or a piece of vintage bling, mixing a Perspex cuff with simple beaded stretchies or adding in leather and recycled fabric numbers alongside a charm bracelet. The choice is endless.


summer 2014 bracelets

Combine different bracelet styles and materials (glitterinc.com)

First stop is obviously your jewellery box. It is time to take out all your bracelets and play. Try different combinations with your summer wardrobe. Be brave and experiment with items you wouldn’t normally together. And while you are having fun put aside any bracelets you don’t wear any more so their components can be recycled into some new jewellery.

But you don’t have to stop at existing jewellery. At London Jewellery School, we’ve of course been thinking about different bracelets we could make, so here are a few ideas to get you started.


make friendship bracelets

A set of friendship bracelets featuring different beads are a great way to start your layered look – you can find our free tutorial on this blog.


make beaded bracelets

A multi-stranded stretch beaded bracelet can be adapted to any colour combination and adds volume to your layering – for another summer trend go for wooden or animal print beads and replace the ribbon with a leather cord. You can find a tutorial for this bracelet here.


make beaded bracelets

Memory wire bracelets are a great way to add several “layers” in one go. You can find out more about making these and other beaded bracelets on the Beginners Beading course or in Jewelry Making for Absolute Beginners on our Jewelry From Home website.


leather cuffs

Studded leather cuffs make excellent layering components and can be very eye-catching


recyled fabric bracelet

Add colour to your bracelet collection with recycled fabric – bright cottons work well with velvet ribbons or fraying strips of denim


Spring 2014 jewellery trends you can make yourself

The beginning of Spring is almost upon us and to cheer us up after all the rain it is time to look some of the jewellery and trends we expect to see as the skies clear.

And as well as the promise of better weather, there is plenty of good news about spring jewellery. Plenty of the key looks can be made at your kitchen table or home work bench.

Firstly colour. Pantone has revealed its colour of 2014 – Radiant Orchid – a purple so close to the London Jewellery School branding that we’re sure to bang on trend all year. It is also a colour that will go well with the pastel shades that will appear as the weather warms and the jewel bright highlights predicted in the fashion pages.

pantone radiant orchid

Pantone’s choice of colour of the year is proving popular at London Jewellery School

And unlike tangerine and the other strong citrus colours of the past couple of years, it is easy to find stones and beads in mid-purple or toning colours.

So now we have some beads and colours in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the big trends that might inspire your making.

1. Say it with jewellery

Slogan jewellery is set to be a big hit this year and is one on the most versatile trends around.

tickette slogan jewellery

Word charm jewellery by Tickette

You could spell out your message with letter charms on a beaded necklace or bracelet; spell it out with a piece of wire or in Perspex; or write a longer message with a calligraphy pen and embed it in resin.

You just need to think what you want to say.

2. Make a statement with a pendant or brooch

When it comes to focal point jewellery, it is the season to go big, bold and bright. Perspex and glass are ideal materials here, but you could also think about using copper clay or creating something in silver through fold forming techniques.

And soutache offers the opportunity to create large but relatively lightweight colourful centrepieces.

3. Fringe it

Let it dangle. Create fringes using leather, fabric or cord to add volume and movement to necklace.

fringe necklace

Gypset Golden Leather Fringe and Chain Collar Necklace by Maslinda

You could also create tassles of chain or beads on tiger tail.

4. Skinny and stacking

wrap stacking bangles

These stacking bangles from Wrap combine seasonal trends by featuring words and messages

One bangle is not enough this year. Go with a dozen skinny ones instead – with beads or charms attached. These are great projects for the silver jewellers amongst you.

5. Get friendly

The cord or leather friendship bracelet is back and going upmarket with some catwalk examples featuring diamonds. Use silk or good quality leather cords with silver centre pieces, bejewelled charms or gemstone beads.

gemstone friendship bracelet

Layer up your friendship bracelets as Sarah Burnett Moore has here

Handily enough, there is a free tutorial for these bracelets on the blog.

6. Beads galore

As with bangles, more is definitely more this year when it comes to beaded necklaces. Expect to see people wearing more than one string of beads or pearls or multiple stranded necklaces of contrasting colours or bead styles.

Look out for a new distance learning course on bold beaded necklaces in the next few days.

beaded necklaces

Look out for a new beaded necklace distance learning pack coming very soon

And whatever style you go for this Spring, enjoy your making.


Channel your inspirations and ideas – mood boards and Pinterest

Where do you find inspirations from? Do you have a fashion magazine that is a must flick through?

And how do you organise your ideas and inspirations so that they result in new jewellery designs?

For example, Bronagh, our press and membership co-ordinator, is interested in textiles as well as jewellery and often finds inspirations and style ideas from Harpers Bazaar. In the past this meant she had lots of torn sheets from magazines but these days she is more likely to photograph pages with her phone and attach them to an evernote.com file or use Pinterest to collect images from the internet.

IMG_2018 Images cut out of magazine are a great way to create a mood board – a collection of images that show IMG_2020the design direction and help collect your ideas in one place to focus on design, colours and style.

The mood boards here are by students on our one-day fashion jewellery course which involves making a mood board before designing and creating jewellery based on the ideas behind the board.

But you can now avoid the scissors and glue stage if you want.

The internet makes creating mood boards easier and harder at the same time. It is very easy to find images that attract or inspire you – a Google search or browsing on Flickr, as well as fashion magazine sites, will give you a vast quantity to chose from.

But there is so much to look at that you could go off in a lot of disparate directions so it is important to use a blog (see Some Beautiful Place for an example), online notebook (like evernote.com)  or Pinterest.com to bring the images together (virtual mood board) so you can keep track of whether the things you like work together.


Pinterest can be a useful way to do this because it is designed to create “boards” where you collect the images under themes or headings.

It’s a free site and you have the extra advantage of being able to look at other people’s boards and even “pin” items from their collections to your own to help build up you ideas.

If you haven’t come across Pinterest before why not make a start by looking at the LJS boards and exploring from there – but be warned like searching for pictures on Flickr or Google you could find more to fascinate you than you ever expected.

So do remember that you are looking for ideas to inspire your jewellery making – so leave yourself time to actually create as well.