Why I love Soldering!

Soldering is a process that got me so excited the first time I was shown how to do it - I immediately saw a world of new design ideas open up to me!

Like many people, my jewellery making journey started with beading and wire wrapping.  Then 5 years ago I decided to take a silver jewellery class as I felt I had reached the stage where I needed to learn a new skill to keep developing my designs.  

My first soldering project was a soldered silver ring, which is probably most people’s first soldering project.  I still wear and love the ring that I made that day.  Some 5 years later it still gives me a bit of a thrill when the solder flows! 

 
    My very first soldered silver ring!

    My very first soldered silver ring!

 

So what is it that I love about soldering? 

Soldering is the process in which two or more pieces off metal are joined together by melting and putting a filler metal (solder) into the joint.  Solder has a lower melting point than the adjoining metal which enables you to join the two without melting the main metals.  The process of soldering causes the molecules of the silver and solder to marry creating a nice and strong bond - pretty cool isn't it?  

Until the day I learned how to solder, I was limited in terms of how I could join metals and materials and relied on wire wrapping and other cold connections.  This meant having to adapt my designs to tally with my skillset.  Learning how to solder enabled me to realise my designs exactly the way I had envisaged them and move from largely flat jewellery to 3D jewellery incorporating gemstone settings.  I still use cold connections where appropriate, but these days I primarily solder components together to create my designs.  Even being able to solder my jump rings shut makes my jewellery more secure and durable which is important to me when making keepsake jewellery that is precious to the recipient.  

Learning to solder did take me a bit of time and practice to really learn how to consistently solder, and I am sure that I have made every beginners mistake in the book (not enough heat, poor joins, not heating the piece evenly etc).  But, with a bit of time, effort and practice I can now solder with confidence and have created my own brooch fittings from scratch, created hinged lockets and my own gemstone settings.  That is the beauty of a skill like soldering - it is easy to learn how to do it well as it is all science!

That’s not to say I don't have the odd bad soldering day - I think it happens to us all occasionally - but it is usually because I am tired and am trying to do too much.  When it happens I make myself take a break and go back to it later - that normally sorts everything out and the solder starts flowing again and I don't melt anything!

And soldering Sterling Silver or the likes of copper are by far the hardest - soldering gold (or even argentium) is far easier as you only need to heat the area being joined as opposed to Sterling Silver where you need to bring the entire piece to the same temperature at the same time.   So if you can solder Sterling Silver you can solder anything!

I tend to use hard solder wherever possible as it is the best colour match to Sterling Silver -  so that means I need to be careful when doing multiple joins (I use thermogel or if pushed rouge powder to stop out joins to stop the original solder remelting). You do get a little bit of protection using just hard solder as the original solder once it has flowed needs to reach a slightly higher melting point each time it flows again.  This means the new solder should flow first, but I don't tend to rely on that principle for tricky soldering jobs.  

I also love the flexibility that soldering offers.  There are times where I use the minimum amount of solder possible (chain making, soldering jump rings) etc, and other times where I want to use excess solder to allow me to flood the join i.e. soldering a bezel to a ring shank.  I have complete control 

I don't tend to use solder paste a huge amount.  I only really use it for chains and jump rings as it can be a little bit unpredictable in terms of how it flows.  I tend to roll down regular solder in the rolling mill, and cut tiny pallions when I need them which means I have minimal waste.   Lots of people love using borax as flux but I must admit a preference for Auflux.  As I tend to work in gold and argentium silver, this means I only need to have one type of flux to hand although there are times when I miss the stickiness of borax which can come in handy.  

I like to clean my solder using a brillo pad before I cut it so that the solder is nice and clean and will flow more easily.  

So for those of you who are struggling to master solder I would say give it time, and practice lots.  As I said before soldering is science and is something you can learn to do well.  You will make mistakes and you will melt some stuff -that is all part of the learning process!  And there are lots of tips and techniques that will help you become more consistent with your soldering and create some amazing designs that you had never thought would be possible!

I asked London Jewellery School tutor and soldering pro, Hayley Kruger, to put together a FREE troubleshooting guide for soldering.  So if you would like a handy cheatsheet that you can print off and keep to hand to help you sort out your soldering issues click here now.  

And if you want a bit more help with mastering your soldering then do check out the new online Soldering Masterclass course by London Jewellery School online which is currently being offered at the earlybird price of £49.  For more details check out the course outline here

 

 

Creating your own safety pickle solution at home

When getting started with silversmithing and making your silver jewellery from home you will need something called ‘pickle’ which is a mild acid solution (don't worry - it is VERY mild) that will clean up your piece after you have heated or soldered it.

 
 

You can create your own pickle at home using safety pickle granules, or you can even create a pickle solution using store cupboard ingredients! 

1. Creating Safety Pickle

To make your own simple solution using safety pick granules, follow these instructions…

You will need:

  • A jam-jar or heat resistant glass container (you could also use a designated slow cooker pot if you will be doing lots of pickling).
  • Safety pickle granules
  • Hot but not boiling water (so probably a kettle)
  • Plastic or brass tweezers

Directions: 

1.      Add a small spoonful of safety pickle granules into your clean jam jar. Use either a wooden or plastic spoon (not a metal one – steel reacts with the acid in the pickle).

2.      Add a small amount of cold water followed by boiling water so that overall you have hot but not boiling water in your jar.

3.      Mix the solution with your plastic spoon or tweezers until it has dissolved.

 

And that’s it – you can now pickle your piece.

When finished, simply let the solution cool down completely and then put the lid on and you can use the solution at a later date by warming up the solution. 

The solution will work for as long as it stays hot so this is only a temporary solution.  If you have lots of soldering to do you will need to keep the solution warm.  You might want to invest in a small slow cooker or you can create a marie bain on your hob.  To create a Marie Bain simply put a small amount of water in a saucepan (approximately 3-4 cms) and heat the water so that it is warm but not boiling.  Place your jam jar containing your pickle solution into the warm water and let the solution come up to temperature.  Keep an eye on the hob to make sure the water doesn't get too hot!

2. Creating DIY Pickle

And if you don't have any safety pickle to hand, you can create a pickle solution using ingredients from your store cupboard that is ecologically friendly.  

You will need:

  • A cup of white vinegar
  • A tablespoon of table salt
  • A teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide (optional)
  • A glass of ceramic container (a jam jar works well).  Do not use any metal container as the solution will damage it!
  • Plastic or brass tweezers.

Similar to the Safety Pickle, one of the key components that really makes the DIY pickle work is heat.  You can either place your mixture into a Marie Bain as described above, or use a crockpot.  Put your pieces in the DIY mixture for up to 10 minutes and the firescale should fall off! 

This is a great trick to use when you are not in your normal workshop or are just getting started! 

Couple of safety tips about pickle:

Ideally you don’t want to get the pickle on your hands and clothes but don’t be afraid of it, it is a mild solution, just be sure to wash your hands or any area of your skin if you do get it on you at all. Avoid contact with eyes.

Always read the label on your safety pickle and follow instructions for mixing amounts.

Happy Making!

www.jewelleryschoolonline.com

5 ways...To get to know your customer!

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Knowing what makes your customer tick is without a doubt one of the hardest (but the most critical) aspects of creating a successful business.

Intimately knowing your customer can positively impact every aspect of your business from where you sell your products, to the designs and materials you use, your product descriptions, and even your marketing pitches and copy.  If you know what makes she (or he!) tick you can tap into their hopes and dreams to make what you have to sell irresistible to them.  But, getting to know your customer does take time and effort and will be a continual process. 

So where to start!??

1. Ask your existing customers!

A great source of information is your existing customer base (even if that is just friends and family who have bought from you or asked you to make something from them).   Take any opportunity you can to understand why they bought from you;  how they found you; which pieces and price points they like best and why; how your Jewellery makes them feel and even where else they shop so you can build up a good picture of who they are and what motivates them. 

A good way to do this is to follow up with them post-sale and check on how they are getting on with their new Jewellery.  Use the opportunity to enquire about how they found you (if appropriate), and if there was anything you could improve on in terms of the end-to-end transaction.  It is a great way to open up the communication channels - your customers will feel valued and listened to and you can get some great Intel about your brand, your products and your customer service.

2. Use the power of technology!

There is a wealth of freely available information if you know where to look! Here are just a few ways you can do some stealth customer research!

a. Keyword research

Spending time using Google Adwords (and even Google Image Search) is a great way to understand what search terms your customers are using to shop.  You will want to spend a bit of time doing this as the outcome of our research can really lift your product titles and descriptions.  The service is free so do get in there and see what the top search terms are.  You will probably want to focus on the slightly smaller search terms as the big brands will have the top ones sewn up, but even if 5000 people are searching for a keyword per month that is a large volume of potential customers for a small business to tap into.  If you sell on Etsy, try promoting listings even for a week as you get data on what search terms your customers are using to find you on Etsy which will help you refine your tags, titles and product descriptions.

b. The Power of Facebook

It is absolutely scary how much data you can get about your customers on Facebook.  If you have a business Facebook page with more than 100 likes you get access to a fantastic suite of tools and audience insights.  From your basic page insights you will see a lot of information about the demographics of your fan base including age, sex, location, language which can help you narrow down your target market.  

And finally, when you are feeling brave enough venture into Facebook Ads Manager.  There is a section called audience insights and really can help you build a picture of your target audience and what blogs they read, films they watch, where they shop, their demographics and even what devices they use online to help you build a picture of how technology savvy they are! Have a play and see what you can find out!  

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c. Social Media

It is also worth looking at people who follow you on Facebook and check out their profile to see what other brands and pages they like and follow as this can helps build a picture of who they are.  It also gives you a list of brands to target in Facebook ads later on down the line.

You can also use your Facebook page or other social media platforms which as Instagram to share new products and ask for feedback, ask for feedback on what stones and materials they want you to use and what they want to see more or less of.  It is a nice way to improve your organic reach and engage your customers!

d. Surveys and Reviews

Consider building a post-sales survey into your sales process and look at customer reviews to see what your customers thought of the end to end process.  You can get valuable insight as to what is important to your customers.

Also make use of your email list (if you have one) and do surveys to them with special discount codes or rewards for taking part.  If you ask the right questions you will get some fantastic insight into your customers. Survey monkey is a great a free tool to use for creating and sending out surveys to customers online through your email list.

3. Get into their head

Once you have some insight into your target market, through social media, customer research and speaking to previous clients, it is time to dig deeper.  Building a customer persona is a great way to really get into the head of your customers and understand what makes them tick.  A great way to do this is to build a (private!) Pinterest board where you can build a visual picture of your target customer. What age is she (or he?), is she married, with or without children, what does she wear, what does she read and watch on TV, where does she shop?  Then it’s time to really dig deep - you want to get to know her as intimately as you know your best friend.  What are her biggest hopes, dreams and fears? I like to give my personas a name and her husband and children names and ages.  And I even flesh out a daily routine for her so I know what she does day to day.  Then I use this insight to feed into everything from my designs to my marketing messages.  I talk directly to her.  That’s not to say someone who is not my target customer won’t ever buy from me, but I am focusing all my efforts on speaking directly to my ideal customer who loves what I do and make, each and every time I engage with them. 

4. Look at who is already operating in your target market

I recommend spending some time researching the market you operate (or hope to operate in).  This isn't so that you can copy them - if fact I would never recommend copying another designer!  Finding your own unique selling point is how you differentiate yourself, even if your product line and target market might be similar.

Use Google Search and Image search to identify who are your competitors and doppelgängers.  How do they reach and engage with their customers?  What do you think they are doing really well (or not so well)?  Seeing what others are doing can really help you pinpoint how you want to operate and help you identify areas where you can set yourself apart from the competition.

5. Get in front of your customers

You may have decided that selling online is the way you want to primarily sell to your customers and that markets aren't for you.  But, getting in front of your customers is a great way to really get to know your customers and what they want from you and your brand.  I would recommend doing at least a few targeted face-to-face selling events each year as it is a great way to watch and observe your customers behaviour at your stand.  Which pieces are they immediately drawn to and which ones do they buy?  What price points sell the best?  Which pieces to they want to pick up and touch?  You can use the opportunity to chat to and engage your customers and ask them about what they like, don’t like and find out more about them but chatting face to face.  Listen to what language they use to describe your work - this can be hugely valuable as you can replicate that language in your product titles and descriptions. 

For more help and support in starting and growing your dream Jewellery brand I hope you will join me for a FREE 3 part video series where I help you define and shape the Jewellery business of your dreams so you are set up for success! 

To join my FREE video series go to

http://learn.jewelleryschoolonline.com/courses/starting-a-jewellery-business to enrol!

I just can’t wait to help you on your Jewellery business journey! 

Until next time!

Jessica xx

As Seen on TV: How to Make Silver Metal Clay Charms with Jessica Rose

Hello Jewellers! Did you catch us on TV last week? We made our TV debut with the school Director Jessica Rose demonstrating how to make beautiful solid silver metal clay charms live on National TV. It was so much fun. Don't worry if you missed it this time round because we have it on video for you to watch below: 

The show marks the start of a relationship between the London Jewellery School and the Create and Craft TV channel where we aim to bring amazing kits tools and learning materials to aspiring jewellers so that you have everything you need to make beautiful and professional jewellery from home. 

Kits are still available to purchase from Create and Craft here > and each kit comes with the professional online course in how to Make Silver Metal Clay Charms by expert Jeweller Julia Rai > 

And if you have already mastered the basics of metal clay, why not take it up a level with the intermediate 'Stone Setting in Metal Clay' online course with Anna Campbell which is now fully live and open for you to use. 

Have a brilliant and creative day and don't forget to like and share if you want to see more from Jewellery School Online 

Happy Making :-) x 

Learn to Set Stones in Art Clay and PMC: Online Jewellery Course Live Today

Great news! Today marks the launch of a brilliant new online jewellery making course, Stone Setting in Metal Clay using Torch Fired Techniques. 

In the course you can learn three stunning projects and tons of techniques: 

  • How to create a lovely flower-shaped solid silver metal clay pendant set with a diamond-shaped cubic zirconia stone. 
  • To use templates to carve out different shaped designs and work out your shrinkage to make a lovely dichroic glass pendant. 
  • And how to set a natural gemstone stone in a bezel setting using torch-fired techniques from home

On top of that, designer jewellery and expert tutor Anna Campbell will guid you through each process step-by-step with lots of hints and tips on making bails, working with the clay and torch firing with stones. 

Like all of our courses, this class is available at any time is set up so that you can make your pieces with ease from home and once enrolled you can access them 24/7 whenever suits you. 

Take a look a the trailer and sign up today to get making beautiful silver and gemstone jewellery from home > 

Happy Making 

Jewellery School Online :-) 

Learn How to Make Jewelry - Silver Stud Rose Earrings Tutorial

Hello jewellers! We have a great new project for you to try and this one is beautiful simple and fun to do at home. Follow the video below to make your own silver stud rose earrings and rings. 

Our school Founder and Director, Jessica Rose will guide you through each step to make these gorgeous pieces from scratch and all you need is some wire and pliers to get making. If you haven't already, be sure to sign up to Jessica's FREE online jewellery making class where you can learn to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets like the professionals. And to learn more wire jewellery techniques take the fun and intensive online course by Linda Jones - Introduction to Wire Wrapped Jewellery > 

We really hope you enjoy your making, should you have any questions for Jessica and the team, don't hesitate to get in touch at contact@jewelleryschoolonline.com

Check out all of the online jewellery courses available on the website > 

And be sure to join our exclusive facebook community group > 

Happy Making xx

Have a Go: Make These Quartz Crystal Necklaces

One of the latest jewellery trends are these fabulous Quartz Crystal Necklaces. They make beautiful additions to pretty much any outfit. Why not have a go at making your own...

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I can't decide wether my favourite is the clear or the blue - the great thing about making your own is that you don't have to choose, you can have both :-) If you would like to have a go at making them, pop over to the youtube channel to see our latest tutorial taking you through the process, step by step...

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Don't forget to share your makes with us on social media and let us know what you would like to learn next.

Until next time,

Happy Making :-)

Trend Watch: How To Use Ripple Beads

Have you heard about Ripple Beads yet? they are a fab new trend for jewelry making - take a little look...

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As the name suggests they are all rippely! Meaning you can use them in sightly different ways to regular round beads. If you would like to learn to make bracelets in the image above, then try out our new tutorial over on the youtube channel...

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So give them a try and let us know how you get on. As always we would love to see what you make so either email them into us or share your makes with us on Social Media

Until next time

Happy Making :-)

DIY Jewelry: How to Wrap A Briolette

Briolettes are fabulous beads... How to Wrap a Briolette

They are...

1. Usually faceted (meaning they have lots of angles in them which make them sparkle)

2. Top drilled (meaning the whole is at the top of the bead instead of in the middle)

3. They are usually teardrop shaped (meaning they look lovely in jewellery and particularly for earrings)

4. Gorgeous :-) 

It's an essential skill, to know how to wrap them so that you can include them in your makes.

Which is why we have a great new video for you, by tutor and founder of the London Jewellery School Jessica Rose:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyK4FUmWioQ

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Have a go and let us know how you get on

You can share your makes with us on our facebook twitter  or Instagram

Happy Making :-) 

Xx

Our Favorite - Tutorials

There are always so many beautiful jewelry tutorials online, we have a hard time here at Jewelry From Home choosing a favorite or picking which one to start first! Here are some that are currently on our make list.

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This statement necklace from I Spy DIY - is the perfect pick-me-up for grey days.

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These faux agate rings from Fall For DIY are stunning, they would make a perfect gift for someone (or yourself!)

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We love these bright jewel bracelets from Lotts and Lots - the best bit is they use up old and broken jewelry - recycling doesn't have to be dull!

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Pearls are big news right now. We think these pearl earrings from Thanks, I Made It are just fab.

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Want summer to last forever? This beautiful coin necklace from Swellmayde will give you a dose of Californian sunshine whatever time of year.

What's on your make list at the moment - share with us on Twitter or Facebook? Want to learn how to make your own  jewelry then take a look at all our amazing classes.

Jewelry Making Tips from around the Web

If you follow Jewelry From Home on Twitter you might have noticed that we love to share our snippets of jewelry making wisdom we find around the web (alongside lots of other good stuff). For today's post we thought we'd round up some of our favorite jewelry making tips and techniques with you today. Jewelry_From_Home_Tips

Get lint stuck in your metal clay? This tutorial from will show you how to remove.

If you buy your supplies online but get stuck for official names, this chain name guide from Design Thrift will help you.

We love this tutorial from Beading Gem for making your own toggle clasps - perfect if you can't make it to the shops.

This tutorial for making cage beads makes the technique look so much less complicated than we thought.

Want to know the best cord for your beads, then take a look at this really comprehensive beading cord guide.

Depending on where you are in the world wire size can go by different measurements, wherever you are use this handy wire chart to keep your wire projects on the right track.

Image - Jo Crawford via Lotts and Lots 

Etsy Favorites : October

One of our favorite things to do at Jewelry From Home is grab ourselves a hot chocolate and spend some quality time looking through the glorious pages of Etsy. For this month favorites we've gone on a seasonal kick with gorgeous oranges, golds and a few pumpkins thrown in for good measure.

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These leaf head-pins are just waiting to be worked into a statement earring or necklace.

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We couldn't resist these brass pumpkin charms - if you don't want go all out for Halloween then make these into a simple necklace, bracelet or earrings

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We love the color of this  knitted mesh - we'd make this into a beautiful beaded cuff with bronze and copper beads

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Even though gardens have stopped blooming for the year, you can still enjoy a spot of color with these pretty lamp work tulip beads.

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These alphabet beads will give your projects a really personal touch, whether you go for an individual letter or a whole word  - these are fab!

Want to learn how to make your own jewelry - take a look at our jewelry making courses.

DIY : Beaded Wire Cocktail Ring

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One of our most popular Jewelry From Home tutorials has been these colorful wire rings we made in the spring. After having a look back through our tutorials last week we decided that we needed a new ring for autumn. These bead and wire cocktail rings are just the ticket for a bit of autumn sparkle. They are the perfect project for using up odd beads and creating truly unique pieces of jewelry.  Jewelry_From_Home_Cocktail_Ring_Materials

Materials - 18 gauge wire, 28 gauge wire, ring mandrel, mix of beads from 1cm to 6mm

Jewelry_From_Home_Statement_Ring_stepsStep 1. Cut a length of 18 gauge wire approx. 30cm long. Taking the ring mandrel wrap the wire around three times. You want your ring size to be one size larger than your finished ring.

Step 2. Wrap the ends of the wire around the 'ring'. Do this three or four times with each end and then snip off any extra wires.

Step 3. Take a piece of 28 gauge wire approx. 70 - 80cm long, fix the wire to ring with a few wraps. Add a bead and then wrap the wire around the ring and bead a few times.

Step 4. Keep adding beads, wrapping and fixing as you go. Make sure you mix your bead sizes, shapes and colours to create a really interesting design. Each one will be different so enjoy the process. Once happy with the design wrap the wire the side of the ring a few times and snip off the excess wire.

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We had so much fun making these beautiful rings, we played with colored metals (copper, gold and silver) and then used all our favorite beads to add detail and interest. The best bit is these are really quick to make so would make perfect holiday gifts for friends and family.
If this has got you interested in wire jewelry, then make sure you check out our Introduction to Wire Jewelry with the fab Linda Jones.

Tea Break : Hot Chocolate

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We can't deny it any longer - autumn is with us at Jewelry From Home. After a few grumbles about the rain we decided to look on the bright side - rainy days mean warm cosy drinks and perhaps a slice of two of cake! Normally our tea breaks feature baked goods but today we're looking at a more portable treat Hot Chocolate -  especially handy when you're mid project but still need something sweet. Here are a few of our favorite hot chocolate recipes.

For a decadent traditional hot chocolate recipe we love this in depth recipe and  article from the Guardian

For a sweet tooth, try this cinnamon and marshmallow hot chocolate, from Taste of Home

Can't have dairy, then try this delicious almond milk and coconut hot chocolate from Milking Almonds

We love Nutella so can't wait to try this Nutella hot chocolate from Clara Persis

Want to be a bit naughty? Then give this boozy hot chocolate from Delicious Magazine a try.

If you're looking for an activity to fill your autumn days then make sure you take a look at all our jewelry making courses, there's something for everyone.

Jewelry From Home : DIY Round Up

We're busy behind the scenes here at Jewelry From Home - plotting and planning new projects for you all to enjoy. Before we get started we wanted look back at some of our favorite past projects of the last few months. If you've take our Jewelry Making for  Absolute Beginners class then all of these projects will be perfect for getting you started on jewelry making journey! JFH_Tutorial_Round_Up_October_2

Beaded cuff / Crystal Statement Necklace

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Woven bead bracelet / Simple Statement Earrings

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Trend Alert : Autumn Sun

Jewelry-Trends-Early-AutumnWe can't believe its October, which to us at Jewelry From Home means making the most of gorgeous golden days as the leaves change color and cosy nights in jewelry making. This month we’re inspired by these gorgeous green and brass shades – we love the mix of textures in this chunky necklace and the delicate details of this long necklace. These stacked bracelets look so gorgeous worn en masse - we can't wait to make something similar. What's your inspiration for the month?

Makers Gallery : September

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Its that time when we get to put the kettle on at Jewelry From Home and enjoy your jewelry creations. This month we've had a great mix of ideas from these really fun animal and musical Pandora style charm bracelets from Michelle - they have really put a smile on our face to this crystal necklace from another Michelle! We love the subtle colors of this necklace the crystals mixed with grey is one of our favorite combinations and looks so elegant. This spirograph (remember them?) necklace from Jeanne is just amazing, we love how well it balances the delicate and strong and is so intricate, you would never get bored of looking at it - beautiful!

Want to learn to make you're own jewelry? Then make sure you take a look at all our jewelry making classes.

News : Bead & Wire Fashion Jewelry Book

Jessica_Rose_Beading_BookIt's an exciting day here at Jewelry From Home, our founder Jessica Rose has only gone and written a jewelry making book!!! She has kindly let us share a few snippets and we think you'll agree it looks amazing.

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Jessica started making at her kitchen table and from there through a lot of hard work has set up a successful Jewelry school, online Jewelry classes and now a book, she's unstoppable! If you'd like to learn how to make jewelry from Jessica herself then make sure you take a look at our Jewelry Making for Absolute Beginners course, she takes you through all her tips for making beautiful pieces of Jewelry. The book is available to buy here .

DIY : Statement Chain Earrings

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Another fab statement tutorial fresh from the Jewelry From Home making table. After sharing our statement necklace tutorial a few weeks ago we decided use up some of the extra beads to make these gorgeous statement earrings. Using such bold means we needed less beads to make a really punchy piece of jewelry and the best bit is they are really quick to make.  Jewelry_From_Home_Statement_earrings_Materials

Materials - Chunky chain, 1.8cm oval faceted beads, crystal tear-drop beads, 8mm facted round beads, 4mm jump rings, head-pins, earring hook

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Step 1. Cut a piece of chain either 3 links or 1.5cm long. Thread a round bead onto a headpin, make a loop and fix to the base of the chain. Using the excess wire make another loop thread on the oval/statement bead and make another loop to fix. Fix the the chain to one end of the statement bead.
Step 2. Cut another piece of chain 9cm long. Add a round bead to one end and the tear drop bead to the other using a head pin, creating a loop.
Step 3. Measure 6 links or 4cm from the pink bead and fold the chain in half. Using a jumpring fix the statement bead to the chain.
Step 4. Add a earring hook to the same link you fixed the statement bead too, repeat to make a pair. Jewelry_From_Home_Statement_Earring_DIY
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There you have it, really simple earrings that make a statement. If you want something individual then try using vintage chain and beads for something really unique.
If you're looking to learn the techniques we've covered in this tutorial then make sure you check out our Jewelry Making for Absolute Beginners or Introduction to Fashion Jewelry courses for all the details.

Our Favourite : Etsy Supplies

A new series today from Jewelry From Home - we're rounding up and sharing some of our favorite Etsy supplies. Etsy can be such a wonderful source of interesting of materials but sometimes it can be a little over whelming so each month we're going to share what has caught our eye.

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We LOVE the beautiful green colour from these nile green bezel chrysoprase. They can be used in so many different projects, from bracelets to earrings, earrings to necklaces these can be removed from the chain and used everywhere!

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These pretty pieces of china are just waiting to be reworked into something beautiful. We like the idea of incorporating into wirework or giving them a quick file and adding a a loop to make into a beautiful statement necklace.

Jewelry_From_Home_September_Supplies  These multi colored glass beads are so happy! They could be made into simple bracelets or earring (see our Jewelry Making For Absolute Beginners for techniques) and be stunning without fancy techniques.

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These golden cascading orchids are stunning, simply add some earring hooks and you are done!

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These tassels remind us of holidays! Keep summer alive and incorporate these into necklaces, bracelets and earrings.