casting techniques for jewellery, delft casting with precious metals
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Casting silver with stone and gem inclusions

When casting silver into a delft clay mould you have to be open to all manner of success; opening the mould is always a breath-holding moment!

There wasn’t much time for taking photos this week – but the Tuesday highlight goes to Lynn, who successfully cast a silver ring with a quartz inclusion

jewellery resources
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P is for… Precious! UK’s hallmark letter for 2014

The letter element that is included in our traditional UK hallmark tells you the year in which a piece of precious jewellery was made and submitted for assay. Each year this letter changes; we progress through the alphabet year on year (omitting the letter j) – with a change in font and/or the stamp shape at the end of the 23 year cycle. Thus 2014 is distinguishable from the hallmark of 1989 by the letter being in lower case as well as by the sharp modernity of the font.

Inspirational approaches to jewellery design at Flux Studios
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Jewellery Courses in London for 2014 – Perfect Gifts!

Learn how to design and make your own silver jewellery – let us show you how to set semi-precious stones….Make an elaborate sterling silver cocktail ring – explore ways to shape and form sheet metal, and extend your soldering skills….Develop more advanced approaches to casting techniques for jewellery – learn how to prototype using wax, use delft sand to create complex forms in silver and experiment with ways to include precious stones in your castings….

We offer a certificate of attendance for our jewellery courses at Flux
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How To Choose a Jewellery Course

If you are thinking of joining a jewellery design course or a jewellery making course , how do you find the right one for you?

As a learner you need to consider the steps that are right for you at this moment in time. Do you need qualifications to assist in getting your dream job? Do you need to hone specialist skills to help you move your ideas forward? Do you want time to explore your potential without the pressure of ‘judgement’? Are you considering a career change?
We believe that creative evolution is best served through play; through our teaching we encourage experimentation.
With problem solving also at the heart of our practice we encourage students to explore techniques and to push beyond the accepted rules of making. The process (the journey) shapes the outcome, and we revel in the originality of outcome for each of our students. Contrary to other teaching approaches, that which others might define as ‘FAILURE’ becomes a valuable opportunity for understanding material, process or approach. The greatest works often result from such deviations!

Kazoova
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Best things to do in London – Kazoova

Did you know that you can forage for fungi, and enjoy the feast of your labours, right here on your doorstep? Or that you can learn to fly fish in beautiful countryside, without leaving our city? Would you like to make your very own high heels, or would you rather play Zombies over the weekend? Have you ever tried etching?
With their accent on quirkiness and quality of experience, this community marketplace stands out as more than just a listings site. Here you are guaranteed to find the very best events, carefully hand selected by the discerning Kazoova team. Connecting audience with passionate activity organisers, Kazoova has created a shared space to the switched on London community .

Join us at Flux Studios for some wine and cheer, and beautiful sparkling jewellery to solve your christmas gift dilemmas!
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Sparkling Jewellery for Christmas – Flux Open Studios 2013

Beautiful jewellery to buy and commission, by London’s award-winning jewellers at Flux Studios.
Flux Studio membership – Professional studio membership for jewellers. ‘a uniquely vibrant and enriching centre for independent jewellers’

Google advert by LJS showing they have been stealing our reputation and our business
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London Jewellery School shows true colour with dirty tricks marketing strategies and dubious ethics

What purpose could it serve for the London Jewellery School to use the Flux Studios trading name as the introductory wording for their online advertising campaign? As Ms Jessica Rose has declined to comment further it is unclear to us why LJS should feel it necessary to implicate our trading name and our reputation in the advertising of their own business. Ms Rose has made no acknowledgement as to the intent or potential damage this campaign may have caused to Flux Studios. She has also declined to reveal the length of time for which this online campaign has been running. We wish to make clear that at Flux Studios our ethos and our activities are not linked in any way to the London Jewellery School. Flux Studios is a wholly independent jewellery studio and jewellery school with no connection to London Jewellery School whatsoever.

Jewellery by flux members Alex Yule, Beky Dockree, Yuki Sasakura Assiter
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Tutti Frutti – Rare Beauty

With it’s intoxicating Flower Market, Fabulous Gastronomic Pubs, Delicious Food Bars and Restaurants and Grooovy People Columbia Road is the best weekend destination this October!

And of course you’ll find us showing our beautiful jewels among the flowers at Numberninetyfour ….

new sinusoidal stake to add to our growing collection of mandrels, formers and stakes.
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Jewellery Links to recommended suppliers in the UK

Students at Flux frequently ask us about jewellery suppliers and services that we can recommend, so we’ve just added this great links page to our Flux website that let’s you in on all our favourite suppliers and service providers to the jewellery trade.

Imogen Belfield and Kyle Hopkins at Flux Studios
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2011 review – a year at Flux

There is much for me to be thankful for, everything to be pleased about…

And here, 3 years after its inception, is a shining example of Flux Studios at its best, achieving all its objectives:

Flux students are inspired to learn more and explore the possibilities of becoming professionals, and become members…

Graduates become members to develop collections and business skills to promote and sell their work….

Members are supported to explore their market through open studios and exhibitions…

Members are given opportunities to develop teaching skills…

Members are challenged to speak about their work through interactions with students…

Students are surrounded by a massive creative community…

Members support each other by sharing workshop skills, business skills and connections…

Members become successful and fly away to set up their own studio…

But always, I hope, they remain Fluxy at heart!

Flux Exhibitions
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Flux Studios Jewellery Exhibition- Summer 2013

***** Flux Summer Jewellery Exhibition – Vanguard Court Open Studios – 14/15/16 June – Save the Date *****

Friday 14 June – 6.00 – 9.00pm – Private View

Hello and welcome to the latest update on Flux Studios activities.

It’s our annual Summer Open Studio event next weekend, and we’d like to invite you our Private View.

Our exhibition coincides with Vanguard Court Open Studios Weekend as well as London Jewellery Week and Camberwell Arts Week this year and we have been inspired to invite you to see us at work! Watch demonstrations, discover how we conjour magical objects from metal. Ask us your burning questions and find out what inspires us……

innovative approaches to jewellery making at Flux Studios - using magnets to create beautiful wearables. Rare earth magnets, haematite, steel bar
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Instant attraction and magnetic charm at Flux!

Our theme for the term on Tuesdays is on the use of magnets for clasps in jewellery, and as it is our firm belief that play holds the key to true innovation, today we played like kiddies in a toyshop!
Drawing from the deep recesses half-remembered facts on the laws of magnetic attraction – along with some cautions for pacemakers and credit cards – students were sent on a hunt to find the most unusual magnetic objects..