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.

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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 .

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!

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..

Most expensive gemstone jadeite
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Jadeite shares top spot as one of most expensive gemstones

But for me none of these gems has the allure of Alexandrite, a spectacular stone that has the ability to change colour depending on lighting conditions. Blue-green in natural daylight, this remarkable gem turns pink-purple in incandescent light. It’s a magical night and day stone, truly a gem for the romantic heart.

So if you are looking for a gift that speaks romance and adventure, look for Alexandrite, choice of the tzars!

Nick really pushed the techniques to produce all these rings!

Testimonials – And here’s what they said about the Flux experience

We are of course always pleased to have feedback to help us improve on the services we provide here. I’m pleased to say that people like what we do, and we had so many good comments that I have felt a need to share them! “Lovely place.. great lunch”

“I have enjoyed learning several new metalwork techniques that have given me lots of ideas for future projects – many thanks!”

I have learned various techniques, all of which were new to me”

“I learned lots of techniques.. this has whetted my apetite”

“Very informative… for a beginner I learned a lot!”

Flux Open Studios at Vanguard Court, winter 2011
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Flux Studios Winter Sale at Vanguard Court

Must be time for Vanguard Court Winter Open Studios! Jewellery / Ceramics / Wood / Painting / Textiles / Furniture /Silver / Jewellery

(Did I mention Jewellery? Only the best in town)

Join us for mulled wine and seasonal cheer 🙂 🙂 🙂

Private View: Thu 1 Dec 6 – 8.30pm
Friday 2 – Sunday 4 December 2011

Rings carved from wax and cast in silver
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Jewellery Courses at Flux – wax carving for casting

Here’s a beautiful piece by Nic Webb, who quickly grasped the parameters of the material in hand to produce this highly original ring.

In response to popular demand we decided to run a similar course for intermediate jewellery students this term; there are still 1 or 2 places left so if you fancy joining get signed up here

This 12 week course starts 22 September. All other courses at Flux start 13/14 September. Check the prospectus for full details.

Quicktime vr tour of the exhibition
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Did you miss us? Take a tour now!

Artists on show include: Stanza, Sara Mark, Caroline Cary, Nic Webb, Kim Thornton, Annie Turner, Giuseppina Esposito, Victoria Ahrens, Judi Stark, Tatiana Orloff, Grant Aston, Merete Ramussen, Carina Ciscato, Chris Keenan