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The Online Jewellery Making Summer School competition with Joanne Tinley Jewellery

It’s been lovely to see more projects being uploaded to my jewellery video classes since the launch of the Summer School competition! Remember that the person who uploads the most projects in my classes between Wednesday 26th July and Sunday 3rd September will win a £75 voucher to spend on texture sheets for the rolling mill and metal clay and jewellery tutorial ebooks in my Etsy Store.

I promised you a photo tutorial on how to upload your project to the classes. It really is easy to do – if you can post a photo to Facebook you can do this! Ready?

1. Below the video screen you will see four options for further information. The one you’re currently seeing is in blue. Click on ‘Your Project’ to see the class prject details. You can also download the equipment lists, tips sheets and templates in this section of the class.

How to upload a project to Skillshare - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

2. Scroll down and click on ‘create a project’.

How to upload a project to Skillshare - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

3. Start by choosing a photo for your title. 1920 by 1080 pixels works best, but as you’ll see in the next photo you can crop a larger photo.

How to upload a project to Skillshare - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

4. Moving the slider allows you to crop your image if you wish.

How to upload a project to Skillshare - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

5. Once you’re got your cover image sorted add a title and a description of your project. You don’t need to write much, but perhaps think about: what you like best about it? Was there a part you found a challenge? What new tips have you learnt? How did you adapt the design?

How to upload a project to Skillshare - Joanne Tinley Jewellery6. You can add in extra photos, hyperlinks to other webpages and even videos.

How to upload a project to Skillshare - Joanne Tinley Jewellery7. Click on publish to finish.

How to upload a project to Skillshare - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

8. You can share your project on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest at the click of a button if you wish if you’ve linked your social media accounts to Skillshare.

How to upload a project to Skillshare - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

9. You can edit your project at any time – add a photo of a new piece of jewellery when you make it!

How to upload a project to Skillshare - Joanne Tinley Jewellery

It’s as quick and simple as that! Your projects will appear on your profile page and other students enrolled on the class will be notified that there’s a new project for them to admire. I will get a message too and I always comment as soon as I can! Do remember that to enter the competition you have to comment on a fellow student’s project.

I’m looking forward to seeing your lovely creations!


P.S. You can see the full competition rules here

P.P.S. I’ve got a quick fun extra competition for you coming tomorrow – keep an eye out!

The Online Jewellery Making Summer School competition with Joanne Tinley Jewellery

Ready for a bit of jewellery making fun this summer?

I now have 27 jewellery making videos on Skillshare, with more coming over the next few weeks, covering making rings, chains, bangles, earrings and a bit of stone setting and rolling mill skills too. Skillshare is a great site for learning new skills, sharing what you’ve made, getting feedback from your fellow students and getting help and advice from me too! In fact, it’s the perfect place to host my online Sumer School especially for those of you who can’t make the Summer School I’m running here in the studios – and even better, you could win £75 to spend in my Etsy store.

So……. Welcome to the Online Jewellery Summer School Competition! The Competition is running from 1:00pm BST on Wednesday 26th July and 11:59pm on Sunday 3rd September – and all you need to do is watch video classes, make jewellery, share your work and make nice comments about work other people post!

The Full Rules

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. By submitting an entry to the Online Jewellery Summer School competition run by Joanne Tinley Jewellery, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Joanne Tinley Jewellery and that you satisfy all eligibility requirements.


If you are 18 years or older at the time of entry, you are eligible to enter the Contest. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Open to both UK and non-UK residents. Offer is void where prohibited.

How to enter

  • The Contest runs between 1:00pm BST on Wednesday 26th July 2017 and 11:59pm BST on Sunday 3rd September
  • Watch as many jewellery making classes published by Joanne Tinley on skillshare.com as you wish.
  • A premium Skillshare subscription is required to watch the classes, and a two-months free trial can be gained using the following link: https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/joannetinley
  • Show off your completed projects in the class project section available on each video class. Completed projects must have at least one photo of a finished piece of jewellery made using the instructions given in that video class, plus a few lines of text. The text could include, for example, a description of the jewellery and the materials you used or how you adapted the design.
  • Make at least one constructive comment on a class project uploaded by a fellow student on at least one of the aforementioned video classes.
  • For those students who uploaded class projects prior to the announcement of the Contest: update your class project during the Contest period by uploading a photo of a new piece of jewellery made using the class instructions and a new description and your project will be counted in the Contest.
  • The Contest Winner will be the Student with the highest number of completed projects published during the Context Period. In the event of a tie, three artists from the Sorting Office Studios, Eastleigh, UK will judge the winner based on the finish of the completed jewellery, the use of colour (where appropriate) and the adaptation of the designs.


APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES (ARV): Maximum ARV of all prizes: £75 ($97.60 US on 26/7/2017).

The Contest Prize is a £75 voucher for the Joanne Tinley Jewellery Etsy Store (www.etsy.com/shop/joannetinley). The voucher can only be spent in the aforementioned Etsy store, not in other Etsy stores or on www.joannetinleyjewellery.com

If winner is unable to receive payment then prize will be forfeited, and an alternate winner may be selected in accordance with these Official Rules from among the remaining eligible entries for that prize. Prizes may not be transferred or assigned except by Sponsor.


Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received during the Contest Entry Period.

Final prize and outline

  • Winner will be selected based on the information in ‘How to Enter’
  • Winner will be notified by 10th September 2017 by the following methods: announcement in Joanne Tinley’s Skillshare Discussions (https://www.skillshare.com/user/joannetinley), announcement on Joanne Tinley Jewellery’s Facebook page (facebook.com/joannetinleyjewellery), announcement in Joanne Tinley Jewellery’s newsletter, any other social media channels associated with Joanne Tinley Jewellery.
  • Winner must reply by email to admin@joannetinleyjewellery.com by 8th October 2017.
  • If a potential winner cannot be contacted, or if the selected winner cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, or he/she is not in compliance with these Official Rules, the prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate winner. If a winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules, but is nevertheless deemed a minor in his or her state of primary residence, the prize will be awarded in the name of winner’s parent or legal guardian who will be required to execute affidavit on minor’s behalf.
  • Joanne Tinley Jewellery family members and employees are not eligible for entry to the Contest.
  • This Contest is not affiliated with Skillshare or any social media platform on which the Contest is publicised.
  • No substitutions are permitted except if prize is unavailable, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. Prize is not redeemable for cash and non-assignable and non-transferable except to a surviving spouse. Winner is responsible for all federal, state, local sales and income taxes. Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein are the sole responsibility of winner. Entry and acceptance of prize constitute permission to use winner’s name, prize won, hometown and likeness for online posting and promotional purposes without further compensation, except where prohibited by law. Limit: one prize per household. Prize is guaranteed to be awarded. If Joanne Tinley Jewellery goes bankrupt or out of business then the prize will not be able to be rewarded to the winner. If Joanne Tinley Jewellery is acquired or merges, it’s the new owners discretion to uphold the delivery of the prize and payment for the membership. Cash value of the prize cannot be redeemed.

Participating entrants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, and release, defend and hold harmless the Sponsor and its affiliated companies, and all other businesses involved in this Contest, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each, from all claims and liability relating to their participation, acceptance and use or misuse of prize. Winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Contest or use or redemption of prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prize.

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Joanne Tinley Jewellery, The Sorting Office Studios, 37 Wells Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5FY, UK

The new Watercolour Collection at Joanne Tinley Jewellery images only

April has been a busy month here at the studios, and I hope it has been a busy and successful one for you too! I do love this time of year. The apple blossom is out on the tree in our garden, the evenings are getting longer, and the sunlight shining through my studio windows is simply perfect for photographing my jewellery!

April got off to a great start at the British Craft Trade Fair, and it was great to catch up with some old friends and meet new ones. Thank you to everyone who stopped by stand 357! Thank you, too, for all the wonderful comments on my new Watercolour Collections – it is always an exciting yet nervous time, showing off a new collection, especially on this occasion as this jewellery is textured not with hammers or punches but with my own drawings.

The patterns on the metal started out as my watercolour (hence the name of the collections) and pen and ink sketches which I have transformed into repeat patterns. These have then been laser engraved into card so that the pattern is burnt away. The textured card is then passed tightly with the metal through my rolling mill – and the pattern is embossed into the silver!

The Golden Watercolour Collection at Joanne Tinley Jewellery

I love the soft look of the silver and gold, and that the pieces are so tactile. There are currently four different patterns, and the Floral one with six-petaled flowers is my favourite. The Watercolour collection offers a selection of silver pieces and jewellery that combines silver with rich jewel-coloured wool, and the Golden Watercolour Collection adds a thick layer of 24k gold to the silver.

Today’s plans in the studio are to texture and saw some more birds and tulips and add the gold to some more earrings ready to send them off to their new galleries. I do love my job!


BCTF preview Joanne Tinley Jewellery

Now that March is here the pressure is really on to get my new collections ready for the Britich Craft Trade Fair – just one month before the  long drive up to Yorkshire! Actually, I don’t mind the drive there too much as I put on an audiobook and just enjoy it. I’m also stopping off halfway to visit one of my lovely galleries, Golden Hare in Ampthill. It’s always lovely to see Laura, and if I’m really lucky Puddle the dog will be keeping her company in the shop!

Craft and design magazine BCTF preview Joanne Tinley Jewellery

I’m really excited about the new designs I’m taking up to the show this year. I’ve been wanting to find a way of adding my own patterns and designs onto the silver, a way that I could do in the studio myself without being reliant in any way on commercially bought texturing tools, even hammers – and I’ve done it! The two new collections will be textured with designs that began as my sketches and so will be completely unique to me. The images above show a sneak peek – my new postcards and business cards and advert in Craft and Design magazine!

Right then, back to work!



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!






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


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’)


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.





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!



10th birthday day 7
Joanne Tinley Jewellery will be 10 years old
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.

hammered donuts newsletter

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
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….



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.

birthday betatesters text

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!