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Jewellery Making Tips and Techniques
(As recommended by our customers)
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- If your drill bit breaks in your piece of work while drilling, place your piece of work in a cup of safety pickle (ideally warm) and leave for a few hours or overnight until the drill bit has dissolved away. Tamara Gomez
- Colour code your beads. I used drawers and used stickers to represent the main colours of the beads. Time saver indeed! Emma Elizabeth Jewellery
- Don't throw away your mis-shaped wire components, they can be linked with others to make a charm bracelet, dangles on a necklace, or if there are two of the same - for earrings. Dani Ronke Adekunle
- Don't throw away buttons do as your grandmother did and have a button pot and look what you could make if you save up a few (CLICK to see picture) Sara Elvin
- Steal your boyfriend/girlfriend/flatmate's guitar plectrum. Wrap it in fine sandpaper and you have the perfect sanding tool to get in to those tricky spaces. Plus they come in various thicknesses and flexibility. Super Useful. Sarah Burns
- Don't despair if your syringe of easy solder has dried up! Remove it from the syringe, mix with a little cooking oil and place in a small container with an airtight lid. Apply to your item to be soldered with the tip of a cocktail stick when needed. Zoe Monk via email
- Instead of taking out the stones from those old, or now odd earrings and scrapping them, or that old charm into a pot - why not clean off the old link and add a small post to a charm? When you have saved a few (make sure they have been sterilised of course), make a nice big circle from 1.5mm flattened wire and drill holes around to fit the posts through and rivet them to it. Add a bail and hey presto, a unique pendant! (CLICK to see picture) Wallace Regelous