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Behind the scenes at Create and Craft TV

Metal clay tutor Anna Campbell made her live TV debut for the London Jewellery School on Create and Craft TV last week. She gives us a behind the scenes look at what goes into making the show



Earlier this year our founder and director Jessica Rose appeared for the first time on the shopping channel Create and Craft TV, showing a metal clay starter kit in action. It was very popular and Jess and the Create and Craft team decided to bring more London Jewellery School products and online courses to the channel. It was decided to continue the focus on metal clay. In January this year I had filmed the ‘torch fired stone setting in silver clay’ for Jewellery School Online so a stone setting kit was put together, along with the online course, to sell on the shows. Jess asked me if I would like to do the live TV demos and, of course, I said yes!



Screen tests and samples

There’s a lot of work that goes into preparing to go on live TV. Firstly, I needed to travel up to Peterborough, where Create and Craft film their shows, to do a screen test. This was a fifteen minute demo of what I can do to check that I would be OK on camera. There’s a whole list of things you can and can’t say, can’t wear (some patterns etc can look funny on camera!) and there was even a helpful video to watch of dos and don’ts!

I had my screen test with presenter Martyn Parker who had just been on air so must have been ready for a break! To be honest, in my view it didn’t go that well! My metal clay wasn’t behaving but I was able to keep talking and was passed to go on live TV! It was a great learning experience and made me really think very carefully about getting everything ready for the real thing.

I needed to have lots of samples of finished pieces that could be made with both the beginners kits and the stone setting kit to show. This really helps people get inspiration about the finished products that can be made with the tools and the online classes. I also needed some ‘here’s one I made earlier’ pieces so there was no waiting around on the show. Luckily, Jess had the finished samples that she had used previously for the beginners kits so I could focus on the stones. I went to LJS to pick up some samples from the stone setting silver clay class and put them on chains and cords. I also made some more pieces myself to take for display and to show as work in progress.


On the day

My shows were at 4pm and 7pm on 7th October. I was glad that they were later in the day as I could travel up from home and back in a day.

When I arrived I went into the green room to get ready. I got changed and did my makeup and hair (sadly there are no make up artists to do that for you!). Then I was able to go into the studio to set up the display of jewellery and the demonstration area. You have to be quiet in there as the live show is filming in the same studio so I tried not to drop anything!

The staff in the studio were so helpful, helping me set up the jewellery, unravelling chains and generally remembering the stuff that I might have forgotten! There was a bit of concern about the torch firing demonstration. It is something we do safely every day in our own studios at LJS but I understand that they don’t regularly use butane torches and so were a bit wary!



First live show

I was so lucky to have Natasha McCarty to work with as my first presenter on live TV. She had previously done a show with Jess and was excited about the silver clay. She really helped keep me at my ease and I so appreciated that as I was nervous. I did find that the time flew by and I quickly just got on with talking about the clay and doing the demonstration and forgot the five cameras that were pointing at me!



Feedback and making new samples

After the first show I went back to the green room for tea and custard creams! The producer came down to talk to me and asked if we could change the second show slightly to get to the polishing of a piece earlier. I could understand why, it’s important for people who hadn’t seen it before to be able to see how the clay turns into silver and the firing and polishing is the magical part.

This did mean, however, that I had to quickly made some new samples for the later show. I did this and dried them on the top of the kettle!



Final show

My final show of the day was with Andy Love. He had been on air during the previous hour so I didn’t get much time to talk to him before the show started but he was also great to work with. I did two torch firing demonstrations in this hour (I’m sure they loved that!), one demonstrating the basic kit and one showing the glass setting.

Then it was time to pack everything back up to get the train home.

It was a long, tiring day but I really enjoyed the experience and hopefully I will get a chance to do it again!

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

Goldie bronze tutorial – Bronze tassel necklace



Tutor Anna Campbell has been testing out and reviewing products for Metal Clay Ltd including Goldie Bronze one of the Goldie clays that is now available through Metal Clay in the UK. Anna wrote this free beginners tutorial to help get you started.


In this project you will learn how to roll your clay to an even consistency, how to use a stencil to cut out your design and how to add embellishments after firing. It’s the perfect first project for a beader who wants to try out bronze clay.

Please note, Goldie Bronze needs to be kiln fired. If you don’t have a kiln you can follow these same steps to make a pendant in Art Clay silver clay and torch fire your piece instead.

Also, ensure you clean your tools thoroughly when making pieces with different types of metal clay to avoid cross contamination.


Tools and materials

Goldie bronze mid (Approximately 10g, mixed and ready to use. See the video tutorial for instructions)

Playing cards

Clay roller


Deep texture

Olive oil or badger balm

Quik art stylus or needle tool

Quik art clay saving stencil 55180

Sanding pad

Cocktail stick

2 x flat pliers e.g. snipe nosed and flat nosed


Aluminium firing pan

Coconut carbon

Heat proof gloves

Barrel polisher or brass brush and 3M polishing papers

2 x black aluminium jump rings, 0.81mm (or other jump rings)

1 x black tassel (mine came from a strand of gemstones I had already purchased. You can also buy tassels at upholsterers or haberdashers)

Rubber necklace or chain




Goldie Bronze comes in powder form, you just need to add water. Mix up your clay as per the instructions, see the video for extra guidance



Choose a deep texture as these work best with bronze clay. Lightly oil your texture (with olive oil or badger balm) to ensure the clay doesn’t stick.

With metal clay we use playing cards or spacer slats to roll out our clay to an even thickness. Put eight playing cards each side of the texture, ensuring they overlap the texture. Put the clay in the middle and roll it out, ensuring the roller is touching the playing cards on both sides



Take the clay off the texture and put it on a mat, lay your stencil on top, press it down firmly to ensure it doesn’t slip around. Cut the shapes out with your stylus. Ensure your stylus needle is vertical and touching the sides of the stencil. Do this slowly and regularly remove your stylus and clean it of any residue clay

Note – I used the smallest stencil shape to complete this piece




Leave the clay aside on a flat surface to dry completely



File the edges with a sanding pad to neaten them



It can be difficult to get the sanding pad into the small holes so use a cocktail stick. You can also wrap a small piece of sandpaper around your cocktail stick if you need additional friction to file inside any holes



Pour 1cm of coconut carbon into your stainless steel pan. Place your piece/s on top of the carbon. If you have made more than one piece make sure you leave at least 1cm gap in between each piece

Fire in your kiln on a full ramp up to 350 degrees centigrade for 30 minutes



Safely remove the stainless steel pan from the kiln – either use heat proof gloves or wait for the kiln to cool completely. Leave the pieces in the pan (they are fragile at this stage as the binder in the clay has burned away). Cover the pieces over with at least 1cm of coconut carbon and fire on a full ramp To 820 degree centigrade for 40 minutes. Wait until the kiln is cool before removing the pieces



I used a barrel polisher to polish the bronze. You can also polish by hand using a brass brush and soapy water to start with then use the 3M polishing papers to rub the piece.

Use your pliers to open a jump ring and add the tassel to the piece, closing the jump ring. Also add the rubber necklace with a jump ring


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.


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

FREE Jewellery Making Workshop on 23rd & 24th July @Southbank Centre from 12-4pm!

FREE Jewellery Workshop - Fashion Uncovered 23rd & 24th July (2)


Fancy doing a spot of making this weekend?  We would love to you join our founder, Jessica Rose, for a FREE jewellery making workshop as part of Fashion Undressed Festival at the Southbank Centre on 23rd and 24th July from 12-4pm!

london jewellery school-free jewellery workshop - perspex bracelet 2

You will learn how to make a funky perspex charm bracelet which is yours to keep and there will be loads of other workshops celebrating style and creativity – from the street to the catwalk, along with art, culture and performance.  It is sure to be a great day out!

For more information about the event  click here!

We hope to see you there!

Make sparkling Valentine’s earrings

London Jewellery School tutor Gail Florio provides a step by step guide to making these diamond shaped Swarovski earrings with blood red heart in simple bead and wire weave -perfect for a Valentine’s Day date. And it’s just one of many free jewellery making projects you can find on our website.

Gail is a beader and milliner, specialising mainly in bridal accessories. Living in London with her husband, young daughter and 2 cats, she teaches at LJS and also runs her own bridal business, Florio Designs.

Finished piece 1

Materials Used

  • 0.3mm Silver Plated Copper Wire
  • Clear AB & Siam 4mm Swarovski Crystals
  • Siam 8mm Swarovski Crystals
  • Silver plated Fish-hook Earring Findings

Step 1

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Step 1 – It’s important that you layout your design on a bead mat first so that you can see if it actually works before you start. It will also help you see which crystals are next. These earrings consist of 81 4mm crystals and one 8mm crystal. The earring on the left is the weaved version and on the right, the crystals waiting to be weaved.

Step 2

make crystal earrings

Cut 1 metre of 0.3mm silver plated copper wire (You could also use beading thread and 2 beading needles). Slide your first clear 4mm crystal on to the centre of the wire and bring one side of the wire through the crystal to form a loop. The loop will form the bottom of the earring, usually this is pulled tight, but if you leave some space, you could then add dangles.

Step 3

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Split the wires in two and slide on 2 clear crystals to one wire, then take the other wire and go through both crystals from the other side. Pull both wires so that the 2 crystals sit nice and tight on your first crystal. The facets in the crystals mean that that they should fit closely together. Do be careful of overworking your wire too as it can break.

Step 4 

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Follow Step 3 with row of 3 crystals (1 clear, 1 red, 1 clear). Continue with the following pattern; Row 4 (1 clear, 2 red, 1 clear), Row 5 (1 clear, 3 red, 1 clear), Row 6 (1 clear, 4 red, 1 clear), Row 7 (1 clear, 5 red, 1 clear), Row 8 (1 clear, 6 red, 1 clear), Row 9 (1 clear, 3 red, 1 clear, 3 red, 1 clear).

Step 5 

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You’ll now start to see your pattern take shape. Once you have reached row 9, you will then start to decrease in crystals per row to form your diamond shape. Row 10 (1 clear, 2 red, 2 clear, 2 red, 1 clear), Row 11 (7 clear), Row 12 (6 clear), Row 13 (5 clear), Row 14 (4 clear), Row 15 (3 clear), Row 16 (2 clear), Row 17 (1 clear).

Step 6

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Add an 8mm red crystal to both wires to sit on top of the diamond (optional). Using your round nose pliers, form a loop around the bottom jaw and wrap the wires around tightly above the large crystal, trim off the excess wire and tuck the ends in with your chain nose pliers. Open the loop of an earring fish hook and slide on the diamond weave and close loop.

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The finished earrings

Designer Tips

  1. Don’t be tempted to unpick your rows if you make a mistake as you are likely to break the wire. Start again!
  2. Reverse the colours and have a clear heart in a red surround, or use Pink!
  3.  Use flush cutters rather than side cutters to trim off your excess wire, it will be neater.

Extra Projects

make cystal earrings

Extra Project 1: Diamonds are forever! Experiment with different patterns. For this pattern; Row 1 (1 clear), Row 2 (2 Clear), Row 3 (1 clear, 1 green, 1 clear), Row 4 (1 clear, 2 green, 1 clear), Row 5 (1 clear, 3 green, 1 clear). Start to decrease your rows. Row 6 (1 clear, 2 green, 1 clear), Row 7 (1 clear, 1 green, 1 clear), Row 8 (2 Clear), Row (1 clear).

make cyrstal earrings

Extra Project 2: Flower power! These earrings also consist of the 5 row formation. Row 1 (1 black diamond), Row 2 (2 Black diamond), Row 3 (3 black diamond), Row 4 (1 black diamond, 2 pink, 1 black diamond), Row 5 (1 black diamond, 3 pink, 1 black diamond). Decrease. Row 6 (1 black diamond, 2 pink, 1 black diamond), Row 7 (3 black diamond), Row 8 (2 Black diamond), Row (1 black diamond).

Make a beaded bracelet

Diploma in Creative Jewellery graduate Sarah Burnett-Moore shares her current passion for making semi-precious friendship bracelets in this step-by-step tutorial.

make a friendship bracelet

Use semi-precious gemstones for a glamorous bracellet

Materials: 1m of 1mm waxed cotton cord 1 silver bead with a 3mm hole Enough small semiprecious faceted rondelles to cover approximately 3cm 30cm tigertail 2 crimps Superglue Scissors Side cutters Crimping tool A piece of scrap wire Step 1

Make a beaded bracelet

Step 1

Cut two 30cm lengths of cord. Fold one in half and make an overhand knot 10cm from the mid point. Add a drop of superglue to the knot. Trim when dry. Repeat with the other length. You will now have two closed loops. Step 2

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Step 2

Fold the scrap wire in half. Use it to pull the two loops, mid point first, through the silver bead in opposite directions.  Pull all the way through so the knots sit next to the bead. Step 3

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Step 3

Cut a manageable length of tigertail, say 15 to 20cm.  Run one end through the crimp, around the mid point of one cord loop, and back through the crimp.  Close the crimp tightly against the loop. It is worth using a proper crimping tool as it is important to get a tight crimp.  Trim the short end of the tigertail to 4-5mm. Step 4

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Step 4

Feed on the rondelles covering the short end of the tigertail if at all possible.  If not, cut the tigertail as close to the crimp as you can. Step 5

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Step 5

Feed on the remaining rondelles, then a crimp. Pass the tigertail through the opposite cord loop, back through the crimp and a few beads. Pull the tigertail as close as possible and close the crimp.  Trim the free end of the tigertail as close as possible.  Again, if you can’t feed it back through the beads, trim it as close to the crimp as possible. Step 6

Make a beaded bracelet

Step 6

Cut the remaining cord into two 15cm lengths.  Pass the loose cord clockwise around the cotton loop four times.  Pass the far end back through the coil towards the rondelles, and pass the front end out through the coil in the opposite direction.  This is easiest to do if you keep the coils fairly small.  Centre the coil over the crimp and tighten neatly by pulling gently, then more firmly in opposite directions.   Add a drop of glue to the coil, and trim when dry.  Repeat over the other crimp.  Adjust the size by pulling the knots away from the bead. These bracelets look great layered – here I’ve used (top to bottom) dyed green jade, smoky quartz, pyrite and hessonite garnet.

gemstone friendship bracelet

Layer up your friendship bracelets

Getting the Gatsby look

Carey Mulligan sporting Tiffany jewels as Daisy in The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrman‘s film version of F Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby finally opens this week to flurry of fashion pieces on the flapper look. And here at LJS we’ve also fallen under the spell of some of the fabulous Tiffany jewellery worn by Carey Mulligan as Daisy.

The pieces designed by Tiffany & Co  in collaboration with Catherine Martin, the costume designer on the film are oppulent in the extreme and very beautiful but it is possible to get some 1920s style for less.

Glittery hair ornaments, bands and tiaras can be created with crystal beads and wire (such as on the left) but you might also think about investigating junk shops and charity shops for glittery pieces of diamante.

Broken necklaces and brooches can be recycled as new brooches or hair slides.

They can also be stitched as an embellishment on a 20s style dress, cloche hat or a long silk scarf to tie round head or wear as a sash.

Then there are beads.

The 1920s fashionista didn’t skimp on her beading like this lady wearing a long string of beads over a beaded bodice.

Long necklaces of pearls (real or fake), semi precious stones or glass beads – in singly or in multiple strands – are the classic look we all associate with the 20s and are straightforward beading project. We can expect to see lots this summer.

Make a woven cord and chain bracelet

IMG_0128bLooking for a new jewellery idea to try over the Easter break?

Or perhaps you need to amuse the kids.

The latest step-by step-project on our website might be just the ticket.

This cord and chain bracelet, from designer and LJS tutor Hayley Kruger, is a versatile project that can be worn by men and women depending on how you style it.

You can chose to add beads or charms or leave it plain, use chunkier chain, IMG_0122bweave ribbon rather than cord or weave the cord on both sides of the chain.

Why not choose jewel and neon colours for a Spring look or an oxidised black chain for a striking look.

Once you’ve mastered the technique of adding the cords, the only limit is your imagination.

And because the bracelets don’t require dangerous tools, they make a great IMG_0156bchoice for a family crafting session.

And don’t forget to check out all the other step-by-step projects on the website.

Happy jewellery making and happy Easter.

Make jewellery at the Big Bead Show


If you are planning to visit the jewellery maker’s delight, the Big Bead Show at Sandown Racecourse in Surrey on 6 April why not book in for a jewellery class with our very own Chu-Mei Ho.

Chu-Mei will be teaching two workshops – one each on fashion necklaces and chandelier earrings – and they are the perfect opportunity to take a break from your shopping to do something creative.

Classes are £14 each if booked in advance or £18 if you sign up at the show (assuming there are places left). You can find out more here.

And if you don’t know about the Big Bead Show – well, it’s the biggest all bead fair in the UK, with exhibitors stocking supplies for wirework, polymer clay, lampwork, silversmithing and beading. The organisers promise that  “you’ll never have seen so many beads in one place before!”.

Jewellery making project: textures for metal clay

Goldie Bronze Pendant and Earrings 1 rszIf you want to create truly unique metal clay or polymer clay jewellery, you’ll want to take a look at our latest step-by-step project on creating texture sheets.

The project, from LJS tutor Mary Ann Nelson, takes you through the process of working with UV light and photo polymer plates to turn black and white images into textures.

It then explains how to use that texture to create your own unique pieces.

The earring and pendant set shown here and in the project uses an abstract design but you can use the same technique with simple black and white drawings. You can learn more about this in our Prints and Drawings in Metal Clay class.