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Micro scenery and architectural influences

The urban landscape and the nature have always been inspiring for artists and creative minds. The surrounding as well as the atmosphere, sounds and shapes, are meant as muses also for those working in the micro-sculpture and jewelry field. With different styles and background Jill Herlands, Nicole Schuster, Martacarmela Sotelo and Zeta Tsermou work by constructing and merging precious and non-preciouses metals, by creating small masterpieces ranging from minimalism to the superstructure of architecture, and where the raw elegance of industrial and urban suggestions finds expression.   Jill Herlands Photo Credit: Jill Herlands Jill Herlands is based in Hell’s Kitchen, New

Micro-Flame Model 60

For Sale: Micro-Flame Model 60 Micro-Flame Model 60. Like Walsh's product code TS702. It looks as new and I've kept it in the same place next to my bench. It hasn't been used for over 12 months so it will need servicing before use. There are 6 microflame tips included with the machine.  The Micro Flame gas generating soldering unit is one of the best known and well respected pieces of equipment used in the jewellery trade. These soldering units use distilled water as a fuel and by a process of electrolysis, produce an oxygen/hydrogen gas. This gas then passes through a solution, to

Introduction To Micro-Setting

Micro-setting applied to bespoke handmade jewellery can lead to spectacular results. Ideal for beginners, this course with highly experienced tutor Harry Forster-Stringer will help jewellers and stone setters to explore the advantages of micro-setting. Start to understand how to set up a specialist workbench, efficiently use a microscope, install GRS Air Gravers as well as prepare tools for optimum use.  Introduction To Micro-Setting Date: Sat 10 September 2016 Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm, £199   What: Experimental Workshop Venue: The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, London. EC1M 5AD www.goldsmiths-centre.org

Micro-Setting Masterclass - The Goldsmiths' Centre

Alexander Sidorov’s Advanced Micro-Setting Masterclass In 2015 the Goldsmiths’ Centre launched London’s first dedicated training workshop for micro-setting and engraving having entered into partnership with Optical Diamond Setter and SEO of the world-renowned Antwerp based Alexandre School, Alexander Sidorov. Alexander Sidorov will be offering a five day intensive practical course at the Goldsmiths’ Centre for experienced jewellers or stone setters from 13 to 17 February 2017.  Micro-setting enables practitioners, with the aid of powerful microscopes, to arrange diamonds and precious stones cleanly and seamlessly across a surface. This short course is for a limited group size of up to 6

Micro and Macro Inspired Jeweller Debuts at LFW

Macro and mirco  inspired jeweller Ana Thompson will make her London Fashion Week debut this week with must-see collections of arresting fine jewellery for SS18.  Housed within LFW’s Designer Showrooms, three intrepid collections Vortex, Sedna and Spin will embody Ana’s fascination with the macroscopic and microscopic worlds of nature, science and technology. With statement bangles, chokers, rings and cufflinks, the collections are a daring antidote to delicacy, and highlight the return of bold jewellery for SS18.   Crafted in sterling silver, gold vermeil and precious 18ct gold, Ana Thompson Fine Jewellery combines skilful hand craftsmanship with cutting edge technological applications.  The

Jewellery Quarter BID sponsors micro Businesses at event

JQ designer makers are preparing to show off their talents at a new event dedicated to uniting makers, builders and inventors from around the world. A collective of talented designer makers from the Jewellery Quarter are set to exhibit at a brand new international show at the NEC next month. Anticipated to be one of the biggest creative events of the year, Makers Central brings together makers, customers, suppliers and hobbyists to share ideas, products, techniques and tools. To promote the vibrant, creative maker community that exists in the area, the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) is sponsoring a

Creative Catalyst 2024

Creative Catalyst 2024 UK registered micro or small businesses in the creative industries sector can apply for funding of up to £50,000 with a package of tailored support to grow their business. This fully funded grant programme is from Innovate UK. Competition opens: Tuesday 23 January 2024 Competition closes: Wednesday 6 March 2024 11:00am Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £10 million for innovation projects as part of the Creative Catalyst. The aim of this competition is to support the growth of untapped innovative businesses and to increase investment in creative talent. We do

Business Coach (Maternity Cover), Cockpit Arts

Business Coach (Maternity cover) £35,000 - 37,000 per annum pro rata (£14,000 – 14,800 for two days per week) Are you • An experienced business coach and trainer? • Someone who enjoys coaching their clients to realise their potential? • Excited by the chance to work with makers, designers, and craft-based micro businesses? Cockpit Arts is hiring a creative business coach and trainer to join our Business Incubation Team. The role will deliver one-to-one coaching to craft and design businesses, principally individual practitioners and sole traders, based both at Cockpit’s studios and outside. The coach will also support delivery of

Copenhagen Commitment Summit in London seen as hugely positive step forward

On a beautiful sunny day this week, Benchpeg was invited to join the Copenhagen Commitment’s second summit meeting hosted by the Goldsmiths' Centre to discuss what, in the most democratic and transparent manner, delegates considered to be the most important key issues around industry ethics, the environment and sustainability at both at macro and micro levels were. Delegates such as Pippa Small, Jos Skeates, Stuart Pool, Peter Crump, Melanie Eddy, Thelma West, Yianni Melas, Karen Westland of the Scottish Goldsmiths Trust, Marcus McCallum, Charlotte Cornelius and many, many others were in attendance. Svend Wennick who drives the Copenhagen Commitment initiative

Benchpeg turns 15 in Lockdown

We’ve been so busy that we forgot that we recently should have celebrated our birthday! It is very hard to believe, for us, that we turned 15 at the beginning of this month. 15 years ago, when ecommerce was very limited, websites were non-responsive and social media hadn’t really got started in the way that we know it nowadays, we created Benchpeg to help democratise information for the sector and get it to those that needed the information most – micro and SME businesses within the jewellery industry. We’re extremely proud that we were the first digital newsletter in the

Diamond Setter/s, PureJewels - London E7

The role Diamond Setter/s PureJewels London E7 PureJewels is a multi award-winning brand with Eastern roots, celebrating journeys with luxury and warmth.  We are design lead and devoted to the preservation of traditional heritage crafts that time might otherwise forget. Through growth and expansion of the business, we are looking to grow our in-house workshop team with a Diamond Setter. The candidate must be experienced and confident in setting to a very high standard, in all styles, including micro setting. Confidence in managing their own workload, meeting deadlines, and good communication skills are essential. The ideal person will have a

Sustainability Award

Heritage Crafts and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) have teamed up to create a new QEST/Heritage Crafts Sustainability Award, with a £2,000 prize, open to any craftsperson or micro-business, working with traditional craft skills or materials, who has improved their environmental sustainability within the last 12 months. Crafts are often thought to provide an environmentally-friendly alternative to mass-production. This can be true, with items produced using locally-sourced materials and hand-production methods that may have less impact on the environment. Campaigns like  ‘Buy Less, Buy Better, Buy Handmade’  have promoted handmade objects which are built to last, in comparison with

New Heritage Crafts / QEST Sustainability Award

New Heritage Crafts / QEST Sustainability Award Heritage Crafts and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust - QEST have teamed up to create a new Sustainability Award, with a £2,000 prize, open to any craftsperson or micro-business, working with traditional craft skills or materials, who has improved their environmental sustainability within the last 12 months. Crafts are often thought to provide an environmentally-friendly alternative to mass-production. This can be true, with items produced using locally-sourced materials and hand-production methods that may have less impact on the environment. However, there are still areas that can be improved, such as with energy-intensive crafts

Winter Market The Forge - Craft Central

Winter Market   16 – 17 November 2019 Craft Central, The Forge Winter Market at The Forge is Back! Christmas is coming to The Forge this month and we hope you will join us. We will bring together a selection of our talented designer-makers. On offer will be handmade ceramics, interior products, textiles, fashion accessories, jewellery, prints and much more. You will also be able to take part in a workshop or enjoy refreshments at our pop-up café run by Gu Choi Pan London, a micro-bakery serving authentic Japanese savoury and sweet breads and cakes. There is something for everyone

Hardstone & Gemstone Carving: Intensive 5 Day Workshop with Charlotte De Syllas

Hardstone & Gemstone Carving: Intensive 5 Day Workshop with Charlotte De Syllas Summer Course 2019 - Maximum 5 students per course 22 – 26 July 2019 Places still available Absolute beginners as well as those with some experience are welcome. Classes are small and friendly, with expert individual tuition. All equipment & stone provided in a spacious studio in Norfolk, 16 miles from Norwich, in quiet countryside. We have saws, grinders, carving spindles and micro motors as well as burrs, files & polishing pastes so that you can go from sawing a piece of rough stone to blocking it out,

Virtual Window Shopping: Jewellery 2020

Global fashion search platform Lyst released today its latest trend report, Virtual Window Shopping: Jewellery 2020. To compile the results, Lyst analysed the online shopping behaviour of more than nine million shoppers a month searching, across 12,000 brands and retailers. While tracking various spikes in searches, current trends and the impact of a global lockdown in the jewellery market, this report highlights the fastest rising categories and micro trends we have seen online over the past 12 months. The jewellery report reveals that: This year, 68% of jewellery shoppers searched for gold pieces. Worn by influencers including Hailey Bieber and Bella

DiamArt and Desall Competition

Desall.com: DiamArt and Desall Competition Design Brief Summary New idea contest on Desall.com: DiamArt and Desall invite you to design a new product or a new collection for the luxury world, conceived to be embellished by the innovative micro diamonds material DiamArt. Company description DiamArt is the story of a travel started as a dream and turned into reality thanks to the interweaving of passion, craftsmanship and industrial technology. A young company with deep roots. An ever-evolving process that sees passion and determination entwined with each other. A world that stems from the ideas, courage and genius of Isidoro Ferrari

Q&A: Tiffany Browne

Tiffany Browne is a Micro Diamond Setter and has worked on some of the most intricate and luxurious pieces which adorn London's Bond Street. With an unconventional entry into industry, she answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? TB: My name is Tiffany Browne, and I'm (mostly) a diamond setter specialising in very fine, close pavé work which I do under microscope. How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? TB: It wasn't the obvious choice for me! I started out studying languages and have an MA in translation. Meeting my husband, whom

This week we go cuckoo over Amy Mead...

In week four of our lockdown chats, Benchpeg chats to jewellery designer maker Amy Mead of www.amymead.co.uk .  Amy has been a designer maker for over 13 years, and we discuss the evolution of her brand and work, how its been in lockdown managing a house with three children, escape mechanisms and Instagram strategy.  [youtube url=http://youtu.be/aqpBAuc00vE] Amy came to jewellery after recovery from ME, and started her jewellery journey at City Lit and landed up with a workshop in Hatton Garden. She’s founded a micro jewellery start up, and placed it on hold whilst becoming a full time

Gemstone & Hardstone Carving for Jewellery with Charlotte De Syllas - I

Gemstone & Hardstone Carving for Jewellery with Charlotte De Syllas NOW FULL Charlotte De Syllas Short Courses 2017 Intensive 5 Day Workshop Courses 5 days intensive work to learn how to carve from cutting out through to polishing an object in hard or gemstone in well equipped studio in Norfolk. About the Short Course Classes are small and friendly, with expert individual tuition. We have saws, grinders, carving spindles and micro motors as well as burrs, files & polishing pastes so that you can go from sawing a piece of rough stone to blocking it out, carving it and polishing the

Alexander Wood's jewellery skills earn top ten in the world place

Young British jewellery maker Alexander Wood left Abu Dhabi with a champions medal after earning a coveted top 10 place at the 44th WorldSkills Competition recently. Alexander, a member of the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme and currently earning his spurs with Ian Read Diamond Setters in Kent,  received a Medallion of Excellence for reaching the international standard in the Jewellery skills category.  His achievement was the result of three years worth of training,  honing his silversmithing, polishing, micro-setting and enamelling skills though he started his selection process for WorldSkills back in September 2015 when he became one of eight trainee

Gemstone & Hardstone Carving for Jewellery with Charlotte De Syllas - II

Gemstone & Hardstone Carving for Jewellery with Charlotte De Syllas A FEW PLACES LEFT Charlotte De Syllas Short Courses 2017 Intensive 5 Day Workshop Courses 5 days intensive work to learn how to carve from cutting out through to polishing an object in hard or gemstone in well equipped studio in Norfolk. About the Short Course Classes are small and friendly, with expert individual tuition. We have saws, grinders, carving spindles and micro motors as well as burrs, files & polishing pastes so that you can go from sawing a piece of rough stone to blocking it out, carving it and

Flexible Jewellery Bench Hire - Ladbroke Grove W10

Flexible Jewellery Bench Hire No contract or deposit just pay as you go at our professional jewellery studio based in West London, Ladbroke Grove area W10. Our workshop offers you: Bench Space Tools & Machinery Pendant Drill Forging Area Stakes Hammers Barrel Polisher Ring Stretcher Durston Rolling Mill & Basic Hand-Tools Soldering area with professional blowtorch & micro torch Kitchen area with sink Fridge, microwave and coffee machine Private Garden Private Car Park Wifi Nearest tube station Latimer Road, Ladbroke Grove, Shepherd’s Bush, Holland park £40 per day Contact Bea 07830159745 e.info@beajarenojewellery.com

Large Bench Top Plating Unit

Large Bench Top Plating Unit  Large Bench top plating Unit, second hand but very good condition. All working and tested.   £1800 O.N.O A Balco Micro Plating Unit (GRS) model. 4 tank 2 litre model Size 120 wide x 30 high x 42 cms deep.  110 and 220/240 volt model with a 13 amp output.  Nett 16 Kg. Completely integrated unit with automatic heating (20-80 C) Rinse trough at front of unit and a lid.  This model also has an agitator/moving bar. The motor works for this too. Comes with 2 platinised titanium anodes and 2 stainless steel anodes. Great for

Spirflame 205HP Microflame & Polishing Machine With Extraction For Sale

Spirflame 205HP Microflame & Polishing Machine With Extraction For Sale Spirflame 205HP Microflame Generator Micro Welder: This Swiss made microflame generator has a powerful, highly adjustable and electronically stabilized output producing a stable and precise flame. It can easily run two torches/operators by manifolding the gas output hose with plastic T-connector and adding an extra torch. The maximum permanent gas rate is 200 ltr/hour and the gas pressure range 0.4 – 1.5 psi. It comes with one twin-booster, one torch, 10 nozzles (3 never used) sizes 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24(x2), 26, a 5lt MEK canister (about