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.
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….
Jewellery class – Focus on improving your soldering skills, while developing your own jewellery project(s). Book now.
Soldering Skills – Weekly group tutorials and demonstrations examining the nitty gritty of soldering, from basic to complex procedures over 10 weeks. Personal Project – continue to develop your own jewellery projects with as much assistance as you need from your tutor.
This second major exhibition of members’ work will also display archived Women Artists’ Diaries lent by The Women’s Art Library collection at Goldsmiths University of London, includes the 1999 edition featuring SLWA member Jackie Brown.
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!
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’
We also discussed how the delft casting process lends itself well to multiple layers of objects being used to create more intriguing stories for your jewellery.
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 ….
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!
“Vicky Forrester has succeeded in producing a book that is both technically rich and warmly accessible” says Melanie Pike..” if your introduction to jewellery has been of a mostly practical nature then Elemental Jewellery will be an invaluable companion in supporting the development of your own unique creative voice”
***** 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……
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..
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!
We are excited to announce that Vicky Forrester and Barbara Yarde have been invited to travel to Kolkata to deliver these 2 specialist workshops in jewellery techniques.
Speciality courses in Keum Boo and in Etching, devised and presented by Flux Studios in conjunction with 212˚
Elemental Jewellery – Here’s a sneak peek from the foreword of my book ‘Elemental Jewellery’, showing how I take inspiration from the elements.
In describing my own process of designing I hope that others can find parallels that help to engage with their own creative practice in new ways….
Abundant lady – Tree of life – Fish and Heart – Paisley yellow and blue – Lady with a think bubble – Peacock – Pirate queen – Lunch – or an angry lady? – EarthFireWaterAir dancing goddess – Eye – Pear – Spare ribs
Or make your own interpretations from these fabulous results from our last (free) two day casting course here at Flux
Reclaiming the power of the Snake Goddess, the Medusa collection combines leather and sterling silver into alluring coils that reflect the movement of the snake. Sharp points, hooks, rattling bone-like beads all combine to create edgy, powerful and seductive jewellery that can be worn in numerous ways on the body. These snaking coils can be twisted and manipulated to create unlimited sculptural and wearable forms that wrap around the hand, arm, neck, waist…all waiting to play with you.
– 12 week jewellery courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
Subjects include:- hollow forming / folding techniques / simple stone setting / casting / textures on metal
– Open workshop days for advanced students
– Great value weekend courses for local residents
– FREE 2 day workshops for locals with kids at school
– FREE family workshops for locals