silver soldering jewellery courses in London
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Soldering tips for jewellers: the first step to soldering success is in understanding the principles

Soldering tips for jewellers: the first step to soldering success is in understanding the principles: Soldering skills will of course improve after long hot hours at the bench, but to really demystify the process you need to understand the science behind it so you can create a true recipe for success. Till you understand your result you’ve got to keep asking ‘Why does this happen?’

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.

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!

Nick really pushed the techniques to produce all these rings!
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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!”

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.