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Motivation Monday - be OK with not knowing for sure what might come next

Lights, camera, action!

I've been very busy over the last couple of weeks with an increase in jewellery sales plus a very exciting project for Jewellery School online. I have been filming a tutorial that will be available to purchase and view online!
The tutorial is for three metal clay stone setting projects, all of which can be torch fired. They include setting a fireable stone, setting dichroic glass and setting a bezel cup. The filming was done by a film crew and I had three cameras on me! Here is a photo of my view of the crew in action.
The footage is being edited at the moment and will be available to purchase alongside other new tutorials for the website and I'll blog about it when they are finished and ready to buy.
I'm filming another one next week so busy busy busy!

Motivation Monday - pursue what captures your heart

Worcester cathedral

Gary and I enjoyed a midweek trip to Worcester this week to see the cathedral. We managed to coincide with the university graduation ceremonies but still were able to get in to visit the cathedral which was a beautiful one. I loved the painted ceiling.
For more of Gary's photos of the cathedral check out his flickr album here

Motivation Monday - the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later

Unusual stone settings in ring designs

My previous blog post featuring some unusual stone setting for inspiration has been popular so we thought we’d have a part 2 on the blog! This time I’m focussing on unusual ways to set stones in rings

Ring by Laurie Dansereau

Engulfing aquamarine ring by Katherine Rudolph

Gold ring set with black diamonds by Joanna GN Jewellery

Sterling silver and lapis lazuli ring by Helfried Kodre

Citrine ring by Raphael Steinbach

Ring by Achim Gersmann

Larimar sterling silver ring by In Vintage Heaven

Motivation Monday - be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still

Online resources for finance and legal issues

I wrote this blog post for the London Jewellery School blog (as I am one of their business tutors)
It can be difficult to find advice and resources if you are working for yourself. I've put together some of her favourite online resources for you in a series of blog posts. In the first of this series, I tackled resources for help with sales and selling. In this post I have looked at financial and legal issues.
Setting up a jewellery business can feel like a minefield. You don’t always know what you don’t know! Here are some resources to help you feel more organised and clued up.


Registering your business and submitting your tax return If you are going to start up a jewellery business you need to register with HMRC. It is worth viewing some of the HMRC webinars or signing up for a free live webinar as you can ask questions and get clarification on your situation.


Filing an online tax return It is important to work out a system for keeping up to date with your tax return. There are ways of…

Motivation Monday - I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else. Picasso