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stone setting - jewellery making - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

I spent today finishing some stone set projects that have sat on my work desk for too long. I’m sure I’m  not the only one who has unfinished projects waiting patiently for their time in the sun to come back round again, but I expect that I have more than my far share as I keep leaving things halfdone for teaching examples. The pendants here were both examples for the stone-set pendant workshop earlier this year.

Stone-set pendants - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

I managed to get the pendants finished just in time for lunch! The gorgeous aqua blue chalcedony teardrop simply glows in the light, and I decorated it with silver discs cut from scrap silver. The washed denim blue quartz square has lots of ‘bubbles’ of silver, melted from scrap silver – that one took a lot of soldering but was fun to make! In case you haven’t guessed, both pendants were examples of how you can use scrap silver to decorate around the stone. The quartz is fragments bound in copper mixed with resin – not the usual type of stone that I buy but I just loved the contrast in colours.

cleaning the patina off sterling silver chains - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

I used a new tip I picked up from Jessica Monaghan’s instagram feed to clean up the chains for the pendants – her username is @silent.g.designs, and her jewellery is beautiful! She used a scrubbing pad wrapped around her bench peg to remove some of the dark patina from the outside of her chains, followed by a polishing cloth. I didn’t have a scrubbing pad handy so I taped a fine sanding pad in place instead – and it works brilliantly!

Stone-set earrings - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

The pendants were joined by three lovely pairs of earrings by the time I had to leave to pick my boys up from school. If you’re quick you can head over to my Facebook page and see if there are any of today’s newly-finished pieces left with 10% off – once I’ve edited the photos and put them on my website they’ll be up to full price!

 

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I’m teaching on of my favourite techniques in just over a week – Keum Boo!

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Just in case you have missed all the blog posts, newsletters, facebook posts etc etc that I’ve written on the subject before, Keum Boo is an ancient Korean technique, and the name literally translates as “attached gold”. Sheets of 24k gold foil, thick enough to be cut with scissors craft punches or torn, are applied to fine silver. No solder is involved – when the two precious metals reach the correct temperature and you burnish them they bond together at the molecular level – and it is MAGICAL! I love using this technique in my work and love teaching it as everyone comes up with different ideas, different designs to make, and the look on each person’s face as the gold bonds to the silver for the first time is fantastic. Don’t just take my word for it though – have a look at the lovely reviews past students have left on the website (scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on ‘reviews’)

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There are still a few places left on the workshop, so if you’d like to join us the full details including how to enrol can be found here!

P.S. The top photo is of my work, but the other two are examples of students’ work from previous workshops.

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add a 'contact' button to your Instagram profile - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

I hope you’re well on this lovely sunny October Monday – the sun is shining through the studio window this afternoon! I wanted to share with you an Instagram trick that I found out about last week, and from looking at the profiles of most of the people and galleries that I follow on Instagram it’s not a trick that’s been well publicised. Sit down with a coffee (or a big piece of chocolate cake if it’s been that kind of day!) and follow the step-by-step photos to link to your business Facebook page and add a ‘contact’ button to your Instagram profile…..

add a 'contact' button to your Instagram profile - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

Make sure that you have the latest version of Instagram and go to your profile. Click on the three dots at the top of the screen. You’ll then be taken to the screen to make changes to your profile. Scroll down and click on ‘switch to business profile’ and then on the blue ‘continue’ button on the next screen.

add a 'contact' button to your Instagram profile - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

The next screen doublechecks that you are who you think you are, and then you can choose your business Facebook page. I’m an admin for our studio’s FB page as well so I had to choose the right one! Check that your details are correct (you can edit them if you need to) and then click on the tick.

add a 'contact' button to your Instagram profile - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

And that’s it – you’re done! The last picture above shows my profile on a friend’s iPad so that I could show you my profile as someone else sees it – when someone clicks on the ‘contact’ button they can choose to call you, email or get directions to your gallery, depending on the information you’ve put on your FB page. Just as importantly, you can now post your Instagram picture onto your business FB page rather than your personal one if you wish to.

add a 'contact' button to your Instagram profile - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

As FB now own Instagram they’re trying to get us to advertise on there as well, and switching to a business profile allows you to do that if you wish. I haven’t ruled out doing that for a short-term special offer once in a blue moon, but I’d rather keep concentrating on uploading ‘behind the scenes’ photos as I do at the moment. For me, it’s the contact button that’s useful, and I’ve already had clicks through on my website and a couple of calls because of it.

By the way, don’t get to engrossed in the ‘insights’ that will now show you how many people see and interact with your Instagram posts unless you’ve got a lot more time to spend on it – concentrate on posting beautiful photos as that’s what everyone wants to see!

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10th birthday day 7
Joanne Tinley Jewellery will be 10 years old
TOMORROW,
and I’d love you to help me celebrate!

One more day to go! So that means (as I clearly got over-excited and started the celebrations a day early) that there are two more Birthday presents left – and today’s is a third new Skillshare jewellery making video class.

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As with the first two classes there are 50 free places up for grabs. This is the second class in a series on making earrings, and each design will teach you a new technique or how to get better use from a piece of equipment – and each design is made from scrap left over from other projects!

To enrol for free click here. Remember though that if you’re a premium Skillshare member then you can already enrol for no extra cost, and you can get 3 months premium membership for $0.99. I learnt all the video recording and editing skills that I’ve needed to create my Skillshare classes on through other Skillshare videos, and I’m having great fun improving my Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator skills through the video classes too.

I hope that you enjoy the class – and I’d love to see what you make, just add a photo to the project page!

Look out for the last present tomorrow!

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10th birthday day 6

Joanne Tinley Jewellery will be 10 years old
on Thursday 1st September,
and I’d love you to help me celebrate!

Thank you so much for the response to yesterday’s request for beta-testers for my new texture sheets! The team is now full, and emails are on their way!

Today’s birthday present is 30% off my ebooks, including my new “Beautiful Chains, Step-by-Step” which has just been listed in my Etsy store this morning!
Beautiful Chains, Step-by-Step - HOw to make hammered chains from silver wire Joanne Tinley Jewellery

My other two jewellery making ebooks teach you how to make Spinner Rings and also how to combine Macramé with art beads and wirework, and each book takes you step-by-step through all the techniques you need to create beautiful jewellery, explains the equipment and materials needed and includes hints and tips to help you improve your confidence in how you work.

To get 30% off the ebooks use the code
10THBIRTHDAY
at checkout in my Joanne Tinley Etsy store!

Look out for your next present tomorrow!

P.S. 1st September is this Thursday, not Wednesday! Ooops! Well, that just means one extra present….

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10th birthday day 5
Joanne Tinley Jewellery will be 10 years old
on Wednesday 1st September,
and I’d love you to help me celebrate!

Morning! I’m rather excited about today’s present as it also means that I can tell you some of the exciting project that I’ve been working on this summer. Actually, today is half-present and half-request for some beta-testers.

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A fabulous new piece of equipment arrived in my studio, something that I’ve wanted to work with for a long time  – a laser cutter and engraver! I’ve had such fun learning how to use Photoshop and Illustrator to modify my sketches and designs to produce files that the laser cutter can read, and even more fun using the laser cutter itself!

A laser cutter may not be able to touch silver, but if you’ve used a rolling mill before then you’ll know about the beautiful textures you can create in silver sheet by rolling it through the mill with something else textured – a feather, a length of lace, a skeleton leaf – or even paper.

I’ve been developing my own range of texture sheets, with patterns and designs laser-engraved into thin card. Each design has started out as a sketch, and so each design is unique to me. They can be pressed into silver clay to create a texture as well as working beautifully with silver sheet – and now I need some beta-testers!

Email me on admin@joannetinleyjewellery.com to join the Beta-Testers Team!
There’s room for 20 and it’s first come, first served!

You can be anywhere in the world to join the team, all I ask is that you complete and send back the short feedback questionnaire I’ll send out after you’ve had a chance to play.

By the way, students on the Making the Most of Your Rolling Mill workshop at the end of September will receive their own pack of texture sheets to play with, as will my evening class students.

I hope that you have a lovely day – it’s a family BBQ day for us today!

Look out for your next present tomorrow!

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10th birthday day 4

Joanne Tinley Jewellery will be 10 years old
on Wednesday 1st September,
and I’d love you to help me celebrate!

Wow! Those free copies of my “Beautiful Chains, Step-by-Step” went quickly – they were downloaded within five minutes of the blog post going live! Sorry if you missed out, but another day, another present….

As I said in my post on Thursday, I’ve been busy filming three new Skillshare jewellery making video classes, and here is the second of them.

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I made two pairs of earrings in the Petal Earrings class and at the end of the video showed one pair with a darker antiqued patina or surface treatment/colour. This effect is sometimes called ‘oxidised’ as it can mimic the colour that silver goes when it is tarnished or oxidised. I don’t use it on all of my jewellery designs but it can be a lovely way of highlighting a beautiful texture. I also like to use it sometimes on jewellery with lighter stones or beads, especially pink stones – I’m not a pink with bright polished silver type of girl!

This new class teaches you how to easily give your silver jewellery this effect quickly and easily and with the minimum of equipment. Just as with the Petal Earrings class I’m offering the first 50 places free – just click here to claim one – but of course if you would like unlimited access to the hundreds of classes on Skillshare, paying $0.99 for the first three months, then follow this link!

I hope that you have a lovely day – we had a great day in the sun at the Victorious Music Festival in Southsea yesterday, so it’s a much quieter lazy day today!

Look out for your next present tomorrow!

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10th birthday day 3

Joanne Tinley Jewellery will be 10 years old
on Wednesday 1st September,
and I’d love you to help me celebrate!

UPDATE! Wow! All 10 copies downloaded in under 5 minutes! Apologies to those of you who missed out but look out for tomorrow’s present!

Today’s present is 10 free copies of my new ebook – so new that I won’t be putting it on in my Etsy store for another couple of days! This is my third jewellery making ebook, and the topic this time is making beautiful chains. A chain was one of the first pieces of jewellery that I made after I learnt to solder, certainly the first piece of jewellery with multiple solder joins.

10th birthday chains ebook

I originally taught myself to solder because I was using a lot of closed jump rings in my bead and wire work and they were expensive – I thought making my own would work out much cheaper, but as I look around my workshop at all the tools and equipment that I now have I’m not sure that cheaper is the right word to use! It certainly did open up a new world for me though, as once I was confident with soldering jump rings closed it was a small step to making simple rings and bangles – and then I wanted to link those jump rings together…

The hints, tips and instructions in this ebook will take you from never having soldered before to a beautiful finished chain bracelet – or a necklace if you get carried away! In the main project I will show you how to make a chain bracelet with 1.2mm wire links, and how to change the  shape and texture of the links. Combining the shapes and textures can allow you to make every link different if you wish. I will also teach you how to make a matching clasp for your bracelet, before showing you how to make an alternative design and some ways of speeding up your soldering as you become more confident in your work, so even those already well practised at soldering and jewellery making will pick up some new tips! Beautiful Chain Step-by-Step has been tested by my students in my workshops. Each person always starts with the same basic materials but by the end of the workshops everyone has made a beautiful piece of jewellery unique to them!

The best thing is that you don’t need to go anywhere else to claim one of the free copies, you can download it by clicking on the link below!

 

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10th birthday day 2

Joanne Tinley Jewellery will be 10 years old
on Wednesday 1st September,
and I’d love you to help me celebrate!

I hope that you enjoyed the video class yesterday – and if you didn’t have a chance to claim your free enrollment then there are (at the time of typing!) 12 places left – simply click here!

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The Birthday present today is a free pair of sterling silver Leaf stud earrings with every order, jewellery or workshop place. These are my favourite stud earrings, I wear a pair with the daisy pattern (the middle pair in the photo above) almost every day, so I thought I’d share them with you! The present runs out at midnight on Wednesday 1st September, and there’s no minimum order value.

To claim your pair of earrings simply place an order at www.joannetinleyjewellery.com
and leave me a note at checkout telling me which pattern you’d like.

I hope that you have a lovely day – it looks as though it’s going to be another hot day here!

Look out for your next present tomorrow*!

*it’s another jewellery making one!

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10th birthday day 1

Joanne Tinley Jewellery will be 10 years old
on Wednesday 1st September,
and I’d love you to help me celebrate!

Thank you for the lovely ‘Happy Birthday’ emails I received yesterday – that was really kind! As promised, here is the first Birthday present. I’ve been busy filming three new Skillshare jewellery making video classes, and here is the first of them.
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I usually offer 25 free places on the classes, but this time there are 50 free places up for grabs. This is the first class in a series on making earrings, and each design will teach you a new technique or how to get better use from a piece of equipment – and each design is made from scrap left over from other projects! I love trying to use up as much as my scrap silver as possible!

To enrol for free click here. Remember though that if you’re a premium Skillshare member then you can already enrol for no extra cost, and you can get 3 months premium membership for $0.99.

I hope that you enjoy the class – and I’d love to see what you make, just add a photo to the project page!

Look out for your next present tomorrow!

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