Saturday, 14 January 2017

Coming soon - online jewellery business bootcamp


I’m excited to be involved in Jewellery Business Bootcamp from Jewellery School Online. I’ve been part of the teaching team for the London Jewellery School 6 day taught Jewellery Business bootcamp since it’s inception and have really enjoyed seeing the students on that course grow their businesses.

This new 8 week intensive online course starts on Friday 27th January 2017 and is designed and masterminded by the founder and director of the London Jewellery School Jessica Rose. Jessica has won six business awards and has run her own jewellery business, fingerprint jewellery business and tool supply as well as LJS which is one of the largest jewellery training centres in the world.
The bootcamp is designed to help you build and grow a successful jewellery business. You don’t have to visit London to do the course, you can be anywhere in the world!

The course includes
  • Professional training online through videos, podcasts, notes and webinars
  • 8 Weeks of intensive support
  • Fresh content released weekly followed up with live webinar Q&A's with Jessica to support your learning
  • Access to an exclusive closed Facebook group just for members of the bootcamp to get support and questions answered at each stage
  • All of our learnings from the past 10 years condensed into actionable plans that you can implement straight away in your jewellery business

The Curriculum

WEEK 1: You and Your Customers
Module 1: Knowing your customer: Goals, Vision and Planning for a Successful Future
Module 2: Build Your Brand: Branding, Visuals & Logos

WEEK 2: Building Your Killer Product
Module 3: Your Jewellery: Collections, Designs & Copyright
Module 4: Pricing your Jewellery for Profit

WEEK 3: How to Market and Sell Like Pro
Module 5: Online Marketing – Social Media and Paid Advertising
Module 6: Online Marketing – Websites and SEO
Module 7: Online Marketing – Blogging, Brand Reps & Email Lists
Module 8: Offline Marketing – PR, Face-to-Face & Sales

Webinars, action points & your questions answered

WEEK 5: Mastering Wholesale & Retail
Module 9: Working with Retailers and managing wholesale

WEEK 6: The Business Nitty Gritty
Module 10: Understanding business and legal matters
Module 11: Financial management, forecasting, budgets & accounts

WEEK 7: Planning for a Profitable Future
Module 12: Jewellery business growth plan with action points for the future

Bringing it all together and mapping out action plans for your next year in business

Does this sound like exactly what you need right now?

I hope you can join us on what will be a great short cut to jewellery business success.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Jewellery workshops I will be teaching this term

I'm pleased (and slightly daunted!) to be telling you that this is my last term of teaching in London for a while. My husband and I are moving to Edinburgh at easter and I plan to be teaching in Scotland this year! I will also be returning to London to do some teaching but it will be shorter courses. I'll let you know what is coming up via the blog.
Here are the courses I will be teaching in London and elsewhere this term

Beautiful beading
Mondays, 3-5.30pm, 12 weeks
Course code: 1502
Starting on 9th January 2017
This term we will be focussing on knotting and braiding techniques including French knit necklaces (see above photo) and kumihimo among other techniques
Click here for more information and to enrol online

Introduction to silver clay jewellery
Mondays, 6-9pm, 6 weeks
Course code: 1504
Starting on 9th January 2017
There are just a couple of places left on this beginners course in using silver clay
Click here for more information and to enrol online

Intermediate silver clay jewellery - box pendants
Mondays, 6-9pm, 6 weeks
Starting on 20th February 2017
Learn how to make your own arrowhead silver pendant with stone setting and your own box pendant.
To do this course you must have attended the introduction to silver clay class or have experience of working with silver clay.
There are just a couple of places left on this course.
Click here for more information and to enrol online

London Jewellery School - various workshops
I am teaching a variety of one day and evening classes at the London Jewellery School. 
Click here for a list of workshops and my teaching calendar

Jewellery business bootcamp from Jewellery School Online
Starting on Friday 27th January 2017
If you have a jewellery business that you want to develop or are wanting to start one the jewellery business bootcamp is for you. It is a modular 8 week online course with videos and support calls.
Take a look at this link for more information 

You Can Make It 2017
Metal clay residential conference in Dorset, UK
As I've previously written on the blog, I will be teaching and presenting at this conference. 
For more information about my classes click here
For more information about the conference and to book a place click here

Private tuition
I am still taking bookings for private tuition from my studio at Craft Central, Farringdon
I can work with individuals or small groups for half a day, a full day or more
Some of the topics I have taught include silver clay, beading, ring making, wax carving, craft business advice
Check out my website for more information

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Looking back on 2016

December is always a time for me to look forward to the coming year and start making plans. But I’ve realised that I’m always looking to the next thing and forget to celebrate what I’ve already achieved. So here are some of the things I’m proud of achieving this year.
What achievements are you proud of this year? Let me know in the comments below

January 2016
I filmed a tutorial for Jewellery School Online, demonstrating three stone setting in metal clay projects.

February 2016
The LJS blog that I am a contributor to, was named in the top 25 jewellery design blogs in the world

May 2016
In May I started sharing a studio with jeweller Penny Akester. I participated in the open studios at Craft Central

June 2016
I had a big commission to make 9 pieces of jewellery for a wedding party

June 2016
I was asked to be a part of the Metal Clay Makers group, testing and reviewing products for Metal Clay Ltd

August 2016
I was honoured to be asked to teach at the You Can Make It 2017 metal clay residential conference in March next year

August 2016
I was fortunate to get some Art Clay 950 sterling silver clay to test ahead of the September launch

August 2016
I launched my youtube channel with how to and inspiration videos

September 2016
We got married!


October 2016

October 2016

I was accepted as a regular blogger for the Huffington Post

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

You Can Make It 2017 residential metal clay conference

I'm really excited to have been asked to teach at the You Can Make It 2017 metal clay residential conference in Dorset in March next year.

When? 24-26th March 2017
Where? Springfield Country Hotel Leisure Club and Spa, Grange Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5AL, England

YCMI is a residential metal clay conference held in a spa hotel in Dorset. There is a selection of full day masterclasses, hands on sessions, demos and talks to choose from taking place over the weekend. There are so many techniques and projects you can learn over the course of the weekend - check out the website for all the information.
There is also the chance to get to know other metal clayers, take part in a charm swap (where you make a number of metal clay charms and swap with others to build up your own unique bracelet) and the ‘Your favourite make’ competition, visit the Make it Market and more.
The event is sponsored and subsidised to make it as affordable as possible. Check out the YCMI website for all the details and to book your place. You need to choose your masterclass and hands-on sessions at the time of booking so don’t wait - you don’t want your favourite class to be fully booked before you get on! You can check class availability here.

Worldwide expert tutors
Tutors are travelling from all over the UK and the world and they include Wanaree Tanner, Anna Mazon, Joy Funnell, Tracey Spurgin, Julia Rai, Carol Douglas, Anna Campbell, Grainne Reynolds, Leigh Armstrong, Petra Cameron, Kim Paige, Shayna Bowles and a Japanese guest artist from Aida (manufacturers of Art Clay) tbc.

I will be teaching a couple of classes and doing a talk.

Hands on session - playing with paper type
Art Clay Paper is like foldable paper - it is silver clay but in a non-sticky, rubber-like format. It is great for making silver origami!  In this session I will show you two different techniques and you will make a woven silver pendant, and a pair of pinwheel earrings. You will learn:
  • How to work with paper clay
  • Weaving and basic folding techniques
  • How to add lump clay for strength
  • How to set fireable cubic zirconia stones
  • How to kiln fire and polish paper clay pieces

Experience needed: Suitable for all levels
Session runs: Saturday afternoon

Demos and talks - Creating bespoke findings
Being able to create bespoke findings, like earring wires and clasps, can take your jewellery making to the next level. This is an important skill whether you craft for yourself or sell your work.  I will show you how to create toggle clasps and earring hooks - then have a go yourself and leave with a pair of earring wires! To have a go yourself, please bring about 20cm of 0.8mm wire (copper or similar), round nose and flat nose pliers, and a round tool like a marker pen or thick tool handle.
In this session you'll learn:
  • How to design and shape findings which match the design of your pieces
  • How to make a pair of earring wires that both look the same!
  • The secrets to creating a workable toggle clasp for necklaces and bracelets
Session runs: Sunday morning

Hallmarking - when and why?
Would you like to know more about the process of hallmarking your work to sell? 
The legalities and process around hallmarking can be a bit bewildering. As metal clay artists and jewellery makers that want to sell our pieces, how do we know when we need to get work hallmarked? And how do we go about it? How much does it cost?

I have gone through the process and attended an assay office tour so this talk will be a practical guide to hallmarking for the metal clay artist. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and get clear about hallmarking and next steps for you.
Session runs: Sunday morning

Hands-on session - Soldering with silver clay 
Understanding when, and knowing how-to solder is a vital technique for jewellery makers. You can expand your jewellery making experience substantially by learning how to solder silver clay. 
In this session Anna will teach you:
  • What the soldering process is and how to do it successfully
  • How to make suitable silver clay pieces ready for soldering
  • How to sweat solder stud earrings and cufflink backs to your silver clay work
  • How to clean up fire scale and polish your pieces ready to wear
Experience needed: Suitable for all levels
Session runs: Sunday afternoon
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