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Get your handmade christmas sorted with the Arienas Collective 🎄 🎁

It’s exciting to see a change in the way we look at Christmas and how much we consume. So I wanted to share with you some of the fun things you can do to prepare for a handmade Christmas at the Arienas Collective in Edinburgh. I am one of the artists that is part of the collective and we run creative workshops in Edinburgh. We love sharing our art and craft with you so here’s what you can learn to do to make your Christmas unique!

Make decorations 🎁
Join Panna to learn some calligraphy skills and then hand decorate your own glass baubles. What a lovely thing to create for your own tree or as a gift.

Christmas cards 🎄
Make your own unique lino print christmas cards and gift tags with local artist Suzanne.

Handmade presents 🎁
There are a few options for handmaking thoughtful gifts with us this christmas

Festive soap and skincare 🎄
Join Jenny from the Scottish Soapworks for two heavenly scented workshops! On the soap course you’ll learn to make your own glycerine soaps, choosing from th…
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How to have a sale without having a sale

I wrote a blog post for Jewellers Academy on how to have a sale without having a sale. I am not a fan of discounting handmade jewellery, particularly if you can make to order. However, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up I've looked at 5 ways to have a sale without devaluing your brand and ways you can clear out old stock.
Take a look at the full post here

50% off new online stone setting in silver clay course

50% off this brand new online metal clay class 

In the last couple of weeks, I've been fortunate enough to have had a preview of this new stone setting course by metal clay artist Julia Rai.
Fancy bezels, prongs and bails is an online course from Jewellers Academy. I've watched the whole thing as I was working on making sure Julia's excellent notes lined up with the order of the videos (there are 11 individual videos in the course). The downloadable notes are now done and the course is currently in pre-sale and will go live on 13th November 2018.
AND if you buy before then, you can get 50% off! When it goes live it will be £79 but right now you can buy it for £39.50 (and I really recommend that you do).

What will I learn?
This course covers stone setting in silver clay. It is for those that have some experience of working with silver clay. If you've done one of my taster or beginners classes then it will be good for you.
You will learn

How to set an irregular shaped natur…

Silver clay workshops at the Creative Craft Show, Glasgow in October

I'm excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the Creative Craft Show at Glasgow SEC in October. This was such a fun event last year, I'm really glad I'm doing it again this year! There are so many fab exhibitors and lots of retail therapy especially for crafters - definitely bring a shopping trolley!
I will be exhibiting some of my jewellery work, doing some demonstrations and answering questions on my stand.
I will also be teaching a silver clay workshop each day in the Creative Den. Tickets for the workshop are purchased separately from the entrance tickets and do need to be purchased in advance. My silver clay classes sold out early last year so don't delay!

Here are all the details

What? The Creative Craft Show
When? Thursday 25th October - Sunday 28th October 2018
Where? Glasgow SEC
Tickets Click here to buy a ticket > Currently £10 per person (early bird price)

90-minute silver clay workshop with Anna Campbell at the Creative Craft Show
When? 12-1.3…

The latest issue of Making Jewellery magazine is a metal clay special edition

The lastest issue of Making Jewellery magazine is out now and it’s a metal clay special. I’m really pleased to share that the editor Sian commissioned me to write an article for it on hallmarking metal clay. It is a topic I have spoken on at the You Can Make It residential conference organised by Metal Clay Ltd. To research it I visited the London Assay Office to take a tour (definitely worth getting a tour of your Assay Office if you get the chance, it’s very interesting). My article is on pages 30 and 31 so I hope you have a read!

This special issue of Making Jewellery magazine is absolutely fantastic for metal clay artists so do get a copy of it if you can. It’s available from the larger WH Smiths and some supermarkets. If you're not in the UK you can still purchase a digital copy.

Artists featured include Anna Mazon, Joy Funnell, Julia Rai, Lisa Cain and Tracey Spurgin and they share some fantastic techniques and projects. Well worth a read.

Learn to solder silver clay jewellery in this new class in Edinburgh

It’s been nearly a year since I started teaching silver clay jewellery classes in Edinburgh (time flies!). I’ve been so fortunate this year to meet and teach lots of enthusiastic learners. As well as my taster class and the beginners class I have already added a ring making in silver clay class to my schedule.

And now I am pleased to share that booking is now open for my new intermediate class for those that are keen to learn more. Based on feedback from my students I have designed a class called Soldering silver clay jewellery. I’m not sure the name is that exciting but the class is as it covers what people have told me they want to learn next.  It's a class I've taught for the London Jewellery School and at the You Can Make It Metal Clay residential conference.

The class is suitable for those who have used silver clay before either at home, in a taster or beginners class.

What will I learn?

I’ve designed the class to teach a new skill - soldering. Soldering is something that tra…

The podcasts I listen to every week

This is a very indulgent blog post! But I really enjoy listening to podcasts and I love hearing about the podcasts people listen to so I thought I would run down some of my favourites. I have previously blogged on this, coincidentally it was almost exactly 3 years ago today! And I also did a post on my favourite podcasts for creativity. But these are the ones I listen to right now for fun!

Happier with Gretchen Rubin
I love Gretchen's books so I've been listening to this since it started.
Happier is a weekly podcast that Gretchen Rubin makes with her sister Liz Craft. They talk about how to be a little happier in everyday life. I've particularly found the discussion about different tendencies and how they affect our happiness very helpful.

You can find out more and listen to the Happier podcast here >

Binge Mode Harry Potter
This is my current favourite but it is definitely not for everyone. However, if you love the Harry Potter books and re-read them regularly you'l…