At the beginning of 2016 I undertook a placement with Just Castings in Hatton Garden. This was part of the two week intensive Advanced Diploma in Creative Jewellery Making (see previous blog entry about how great this was) which I had completed the previous summer. Their premises have since moved to a spangly new home next door at 19 […]
Our Silver Jewellery classes are hugely popular here at the School and more and more of you are learning how to craft your own silver jewellery during our 1-Day courses. But some of you have been asking for a longer course that will allow you to quickly develop professional silversmithing skills by coming regularly to us […]
For the next post in our series about great workshop tools to add to your collection we are going to be talking about Barrel Polishers (also called Tumblers)! When you first start to make silver Jewellery you will probably polish by hand using sand paper of varying grits to get a nice smooth finish on […]
With the approach of father’s day I have been looking at trends in men’s jewellery. In the first post I concentrated on the cufflinks, and in the second I covered bracelets, necklaces and tie pins. This post focusses on Men’s rings. Rings for men are getting more and more adventurous and so I have […]
Here at London Jewellery School HQ, we love nothing more than seeing our students flourish and grow on their Jewellery making journey. But time and time again you were telling us that although you love our courses, you don’t always have time to attend a class in person. Or that the dates and times of […]
Etching is a method for adding complex and detailed patterns to metal using acid and acid resitant materials to create markings in silver. It allows you to create interesting effects and can be seen under transparent enamels. Variations on the technique can be used to create different effects.
To celebrate St David’s Day with all our Welsh students and friends we are offering some inspiration with daffodil themed jewellery – especially so many of you enjoyed our look at tulip pieces the other week.
Tutor Anna Campbell has been looking at some more unusual stone setting for design inspiration I am pretty addicted to pinterest and love that we have so much access to inspiration as jewellers there. I have recently been drawn to unusual stone settings and I find it useful to consider how the jeweller has done […]
Our new class Water Casting in Silver made it’s debut recently and received some of the best feedback we’ve ever had. One of the students in the class, Annie Mason, shared some of her reaction to the class with us. There is something vary satisfying about working with molten silver. It reminded me of playing […]
At London Jewellery School we’ve been looking for more opportunities for our students to create mixed media jewellery which means we’ve been looking at wood jewellery quite a bit. So we thought we’d share a few ideas on how you might work in this beautiful natural material. The grain and colour of wood makes it […]
A number of students and would-be students have told us they are looking for a long course focusing only on silver – so we are very pleased to announce that London Jewellery School is launching a Diploma in Silver Jewellery. We already offer a wide range of one day workshops and week-long courses in silver […]
Metal clay artist and tutor Anna Campbell has a look at the finalists for the prestigious Saul Bell Award I look forward to the Saul Bell Design Award each year because of the beautiful designs and artistry of the shortlisted pieces. The award is split into six categories, with five finalists per category (seven finalists […]
The first annual London Craft Week runs from 6 to 10 May with chances to see skilled jewellers and other craftspeople show off their skills and wares at venues across the capital and even opportunities to try crafts for yourself. London Craft Week was founded by Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch-makers in continuous production, […]
Spring is finally here and the bright light flowing into our homes has set some of us to spring cleaning and a general clear out. However, if you have magpie tendencies like many of the London Jewellery School team, you may find it difficult to throw away broken jewellery or indeed anything pretty. So we’ve […]
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. We continue our series with […]
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, […]
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 […]
Hannah Colvin recently completed the Diploma in Creative Jewellery. Here she talks about how she went from complete beginner to a jewellery designer taking commissions in silver and gold in just one year. I have always loved and had a passion for jewellery and its design but I had never made anything before I started […]
If you were to create the sound track of the London Jewellery School studios, hammering would definitely feature. Hammers are an essential for silversmithing as well as being useful for other jewellery-making such as wire work. So here are a few that would be useful in any jewellery workshop.
The glimmers of Spring sunshine that are finally appearing have gladdened the hearts of the LJS team so much that we wanted to bring a little brightness into your lives as well. So we are offering 15% off all classes taking place between Wednesday 17 April and Sunday 5 May inclusive. There is a wide […]