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Valentine’s Day-Jewelling couple Lisa Walker and Karl Fritsch

Valentine’s Day may be about the love an individual has for another person, but here at London Jewellery School we are all about the love of making jewellery. So on this lovey-dovey day I would like to shine a spotlight on one of my favourite jewellers, Lisa Walker, who happens to be married to another very interesting jeweller, Karl Fritsch.

There are few couples I would look to and feel real jealousy about the dynamic of their relationship (maybe Grayson and Philippa Perry) but these two metalsmiths are something special to aspire to.

Karl Fritsch’s work is normally hard as nails, see above, so we can forgive a bit of soppiness for his wife, especially when he simply carves her name into the face of a signet ring. All of his work has a pretty rugged aesthetic with little romantic kitsch-ery. My general feelings about Valentine’s Day are illustrated in ring form by this little guy by Fritsch, in silver set with Sapphires below.

But, if you have more of a softer side, you may appreciate this endearing self-hugging neckpiece by Lisa Walker.

Another necklace by Walker, ‘Karl’s off-cuts’, recognises their connection in life and jewellery.

A slight topical diversion on this day to celebrate these two jewellers with entirely different styles both working in a very unique and fun way. If you still need a hit of love, check out these hearty offerings from Gregory Larin and David Bielander.

Gregory Larin ‘hearts’ ring

David Bielander ‘Cardboard Heart Bracelet’

 

Would you and your partner like to join us for an evening with a professional jeweller and make rings for each other? Why not join us this Valentine’s day for a great alternative to the boring meal and go away with your own unique creations. For more information click here. 

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.

Valentine’s jewellery making projects

At London Jewellery School we have a number of free Valentine’s themed jewellery projects, so to give you some inspiration we’ve collected them here.

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Wire wrapped heart. Add it to a beaded necklace, create a key chain or make two as earrings

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Bluebird and love letter necklace. This pretty necklace for a loved one is created in polymer clay.

 

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Swarovski Crystals are woven together to create these heart earrings. You could also create your own pattern.

 

You could also use the something heart shaped to create a metal clay charm mould as in these instructions – or use heart-shaped beads in a range of our beading projects, which you can browse here.

Make your own beaded heart earrings

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We’ve added another step-by-step jewellery making guide to our projects page.

These Swarovski Crystal earrings by Gail Florio are prefect for a Valentine’s night out and easy to make by following six simple steps.

Our collection of projects for you to make at home cover the wide range of techniques we teach at LJS – beading, polymer clay, silver metal clay, felt and wire wrapping are all there and more will go up each month. Have a look for great gift ideas or just for yourself.

Happy making.

 

Last chance to enter our valentine competition

Don’t forget that if you have been creating any love themed jewellery for Valentine’s Day we want to see your pieces.
If you have created a beautiful love themed piece why not share it by emailing a picture and some details to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk by midnight on 2 February.
We’ll post all the entries, along with any web or social media links you give us, on our Facebook page, and the winner will receive a voucher to attend a one-day LJS class.

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Make beautiful jewellery gifts with our free project tutorials

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If you are looking for new ideas to create beautiful jewellery gifts take a look at our projects page for a range of ideas with step-by-step instructions.

For example we’ve just added this lovely polymer clay Blue Bird necklace (above) by tutor Emma Ashworth.

Here the birds are delivering a Valentine message but it could equally be birthday wishes (choose a polymer clay motif in the colour of the person’s birthstone) or a Mother’s Day card.

If you are looking for Valentine’s ideas we also have instructions for a Rosy Red Bracelet and a Wire Wrapped Heart, and look out for another exciting project coming very soon.

And if you are inspired by this project why not come to one of our full day polymer clay workshops?

 

Competition – putting some love into your jewellery

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Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away and we suspect a few of you are making or planning some romantic jewellery.
So it seemed the perfect theme for our next jewellery making competition.
If you have created a beautiful love themed piece why not share it by emailing a picture and some details to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk by midnight on 2 February.
We’ll post all the entries, along with any web or social media links you give us, on our Facebook page, and the winner will receive a voucher to attend a one-day LJS class.
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