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

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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!

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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!

Inspirations: Colour and geometric shapes

We were looking at pictures from various fashion catwalks recently and noticed a trend among the big fashion houses for bright, colourful geometric jewellery in less expensive materials like Perspex and wood. So here are a few ideas to inspire you in that direction.

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Wood and plastic geometric bracelet from Marni

 

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Geometric statement necklace from Lola and Grace

 

Not only is Michael Milloy a tutor at London Jewellery School, he also has designed some of our favorite geometric jewellery

 

 

 

leather geometric jewellery

You can create colourful geometric shapes in a range of materials such as in these leather rings by Boo and Boo Factory on Etsy

 

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Or even with plastic straws as in this tutorial from Creme de la Craft

 

Mixed media and polymer clay – new classes coming your way

From Missoni to Marni, fashion houses have been featuring more affordable materials in their jewellery ranges such as wood and Perspex, which makes it the perfect time to launch some new classes to help you achieve striking effects in materials that won’t break the bank.

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Wood, Perspex and metal can be combined to create fashionable statement pieces

Two options for a new Mixed Media Jewellery class are already available for booking. In either a two-day workshop or a five-week evening class, you will learn techniques to combine Perspex, wood and metals to create striking geometric pieces and dramatic statement jewellery.

The techniques in the class include:

  • Transferring designs
  • Sawing wood and Perspex
  • Piercing base metal
  • Filing, sanding and polishing
  • Drilling
  • Cold Connections and gluing
  • Heat forming Perspex
  • Polishing and preservative treatments for wood

We’ll also be adding a taster class for Perspex techniques and an evening class featuring intermediate polymer techniques.

These will be added to the website in the next few days but to wet your appetite we have a few images to share.

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Father’s day jewellery ideas

Yes, men can be recipients of jewellery too!

With father’s day on the way we thought we’d share a few ideas for more masculine jewellery.

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Leather friendship bracelet with steel nuts by Sticks and Stones; Handstamped superhero tag by Rose Creek Cottage; Wood, resin and bronze cufflinks by the Woodjock; Metal Clay print key chain from London Jewellery School; and Acrylic cufflinks from Grunwald

 

The pieces above might give you some ideas. Leather in friendship bracelets, braids and studded cuffs might suit some tastes, while others may be more attracted by cufflinks. But remember cufflinks don’t need to be gold or silver – above we have wood and acrylic, but you could think about glass, Perspex or polymer clay for example.

And think about other accessories such as key chains where a handstamped silver tag or a metal clay print would work well.

And there is still time to make something for June 21st. If you do why not share a picture on our Facebook page.

Jewellery favourites: a cuff obsession

Everyone has a favourite style or type of jewellery – perhaps an item they wouldn’t ever want to be without or something they are always drawn to in jewellery displays. So we decided to ask some of the London Jewellery School team about their jewellery favourites, must haves and obsessions, starting with marketing co-ordinator and tutor Bronagh Miskelly who is known for her love of a particular item.

Like most makers I’m a bit of a magpie and am easily distracted by something shiny, but if you really want to get my attention just show me a cuff (or perhaps a chunky bangle).

I’ve been trying to work out why I’m attracted to cuffs so much and put it down to three things:

  • A misspent youth watching a lot of sci-fi. Cuffs and bracelets are the ultimate space age accessory.
  • The fact that my sport is fencing. This has given me an interest in armour, archer’s bracers, etc – decorative arm items turn up quite a lot.
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  • But mainly I go for cuffs for practical reasons. I love dramatic, statement jewellery but a neck injury means I can’t wear heavy necklaces and big rings get in the way when I’m working in my favourite medium, yarn. So cuffs are my way of making a statement.

Plus you can have cuffs and big bracelets in such a variety of materials – metals, Perspex or resin, bead and wire constructions, leather and fur – which makes it fun to shop for and make them.

Here are a few of my favourite cuffs – some I own or have made and some are more aspirational or inspirational.

One of my favourite pieces of jewellery is a Ruby Kismet laser-etched Perspex cuff by Sarah Eyton. It is a beautiful piece and I bought it directly from Sarah at a show which means it has a story as well. I’ve had a go at making my own Perspex cuffs but this remains my favourite

 

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My other favourite cost a couple of dollars in a Thai market. It’s striking and individual.

 

silver cuff

This silver feather cuff is by former Diploma in Creative Jewellery student Emma Piper. It is exactly what I like in bracelets – big, dramatic and intriguing. I love the embossed feather texture.

 

Of course, if I had unlimited funds I would love to own something like this Art Deco platinum emerald and diamond cuff bracelet (this one sold for $45,000). It definitely makes a statement and I love Art Deco style jewellery.

 

leather cuff

Leather cuffs offer an opportunity to create drama with colour, stitching, punching and studs and are lot more cost effective than antique diamonds and emeralds. They are also light wight and hardwearing so great day-to-day wear. This is the first one I ever made in an LJS leather class.

 

Beads and wire are another great way to create cuffs. I spend ages on Etsy looking at wide range including lovely items like this by Fanceethat as well as thinking about ones I can create for myself

What is your go to piece of jewellery? Tell us or link to your favourite cuff images by commenting below.

Spring jewellery trends

What will your jewellery look be this spring? Have you been looking to the catwalks for inspiration.

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At LJS we’ve been taking a look to see what’s leading the way.

It seems for this spring and summer the key words are bright, big and bold.

A browse through the magazine and fashion blogs brings up words like neon and mentions of yellow, nectarine, emerald green and poppy red. So think strong colours.

Perspex and resin pieces can really make a colour statement.

As can wire wrapped stones – which may also tie in with another trend for big crystals, colourful beads and cabochons. Also think about putting your centre pieces on leather or cord rather than chains to create a more tribal look.

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Leather and other hide such as snakeskin is another big catwalk trend – Gucci even combined snakeskin and fringing in a dramatic cuff – as well as tribal and animal prints.

Bold cuffs remain popular as do head pieces but it seems the spikier the better.

The great thing is that while the Paris catwalk seems a million miles from our everyday lives, many of these looks are achievable to make. All the jewellery shown in this post is from our classes.

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Plus here are a few suggestions of classes that might help you create that key look – wire and beading, Perspex, resin, wood, leather , polymer clayand fashion jewellery all offer ways to come up with your key spring statement look.

So come along and join us to create your on trend jewellery to look fabulous this spring.

Funky perspex and an exciting new class – August at London Jewellery School

Funky perspex and an exciting new class August at London Jewellery School

We have a winner

The first winner of our new monthly jewellery making competition was inspired by an LJS course to take her jewellery in an exciting new direction.
The vibrant Perspex necklace and bangle set (main picture) from Rachael Chapman stole the show in our first monthly jewellery making competition. The unusual design and great photography really made her entry stand out from the crowd.
Rachael, who sells her work under the name Make It Funky, says: “Earlier this year I took Michael Milloy’s Perspex course at LJS; such a fun day and it really changed my jewellery making style. The fantastic colours are an inspiration in themselves, they lead me to thoughts of retro sci -fi films like Barbarella. Currently I’m just selling at local markets but am in the process of opening an ASOS Marketplace boutique.”
You can find out more about Rachael at her blog Make It Funky  or you can follow her on twitter @ladymakeitfunky
There was a wide range of styles and techniques among July’s entries and the early August ones – thanks to everyone who entered and shared the fruits of their talent.. You can take a look at them on our Facebook and Pinterest pages, and if the images inspire you, don’t forget to see if we have a class to help.
Rachael’s prize is a voucher that will allow her to attend one of our one-day courses and we’ll be offering the same prize for August, so get those entries in now by emailing press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk. We are really looking forward to seeing your creative endeavours. Also keep an eye out for other exciting prizes in future months.

Diploma gold rush

The Diploma in Creative Jewellery is proving so popular that at the time of writing we only have one place left on the September intake.
But if you are still contemplating the plunge into a year of jewellery training, don’t despair there will be more places available in January.
The Diploma involves attending our studios in the heart of London’s jewellery quarter one day per week for three 10-week term and creating your own collection using a range of techniques and materials.
Take a look at some of the beautiful work of this summer’s graduates here.

Natural jewellery with a charity twist
Former LJS student Tulien Q Thurston has launched her own jewellery brand TQCreations featuring her Nature Collection of leather charm bracelets.
Tulien, who took the five day intensive Jewellery Business course last year, has decided that her business can also be used for good – $1 from every bracelet sold will be donated to poverty and famine reduction charities.
Using your creative skills to raise awareness or give back seems to be a theme this month. One of our competition entries was from Kate Wilson who makes jewellery using snare wire collected by the South Luangwa Conservation Society in Zambia, to help protect wildlife from being hurt or killed by poachers. $5.00 from the sale of Kate’s snare wire jewellery goes back into funding anti-snare patrols and she has raised $1500 so far through jewellery sales.

Are you following us?

Did you know that there are lots of ways to keep in touch with what we’re doing at LJS?
We’ve been embracing social media so there is a way for everyone to keep up-to-date with what we’re doing, the things that inspire us and jewellery industry opportunities.
As well as the newsletter and the blog you can find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and now we have joined Pinterest a site where you can share images on a virtual pin board. There you will find images from some of our classes as well as things that have caught one of the team’s eye such as Olympic inspired jewellery or fabulous leather bib necklaces.

Startes Wednesday 29th August
£210.00 (inc VAT)
Running over five weeks, this is a lovely evening beading class, suitable for absolute beginners, and anyone who would like to learn the techniques needed to make some beautiful beaded jewellery either for a fun hobby or for extra income.
You will learn all the basic techniques including: bead stringing, working with pliers, using silver wire to make your own findings and clasps.
New class: Metal clay locket
Monday 3rd September
£168 (inc VAT)

A chance to develop more metal clay techniques in this advanced intensive class to create a swing-open locket.
Our experienced tutor will guide you through the process including different techniques such as dry construction, adding decorations, creating the hinge and correcting mistakes. Experience in metal clay techniques recommended for this class.

Wire wrapping evening class

Starting Monday 10th September
£252 (inc VAT)

Learn the age old technique of wire wrapping, a great way of showing off shaped stones. No soldering or gluing is involved and you will learn to twist and interlock wire to create stunning statement pieces. Through this intensive five-week class you will learn how to use a range of different shaped wires to create settings for stones and beads and how to create structural pieces using wire.

If you have any news you would like us to put in our newsletters please do let us know by emailing us at press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

Funky orange style wins July competition

This vibrant Perspex necklace and bangle set from Rachael Chapman stole the show in our first monthly jewellery making competition. The unusual design and great photography really made her entry stand out from the crowd.

Rachael, who sells her work under the name Make It Funky, says: “Earlier this year I took Michael Milloy’s Perspex course at LJS; such a fun day and it really changed my jewellery making style. The fantastic colours are an inspiration in themselves, they lead me to thoughts of retro sci -fi films like Barbarella. Currently I’m just selling at local markets but am in the process of opening an ASOS Marketplace boutique.”

You can find out more about Rachael at her blog Make It Funky  or you can follow her on twitter @ladymakeitfunky

There was a wide range of styles and techniques among July’s entries – thanks to everyone who entered and shared the fruits of their talent.. You can take a look at them on our Facebook and Pinterest pages, and if the images inspire you, don’t forget to see if we have a class to help.

Rachael’s prize is a voucher that will allow her to attend one of our fun and professional one-day courses and we’ll be offering the same prize for August, so get those entries in now by emailing press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk. We are really looking forward to seeing your creative endeavours.

Perspex – Create pieces with serious WOW factor!

Just a look at the knockout pieces created in our Perspex course!

This versatile and  affordable material comes in endless colours, giving your creativity no bounds when making your individual statement pieces.

Our perspex course is taught by catwalk jewellery designer Michael Milloy who regularly integrates perspex into his high fashion designs. Let him inspire you and show you the incredible potential of working with perspex and the new, exciting asthetic you can bring to your work.

Perspex being quite an affordable material is fantastic for those looking to create from home on a modest budget. Included in the course is practical information on where to source all the tools and materials you need to get started at home.

Our next Perspex course is coming up very soon! Book now to avoid disappointment.