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The Jewellers News: June Edition

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June is the perfect month for jewellery making. We are feeling inspired by the sunshine (when we have it) and it still feel like a treat to open the studio windows and let the day in. Our six week courses have started and the workshop is singing with the sound of hammers and saws. We've got new projects for you to download, new techniques for you to master and new opportunities for you to get back to the bench and get some more NJS in your life. This month we are...

Read on for more information about all the jewellery and joyfulness this June.

visiting... We love being part of Sherwood's creative community and we are thrilled that Sherwood Art Week is back. There is the Art In Shops exhibition and don't forget to visit local artists and makers including some of our very own NJS tutors and students as part of the Secret Garden Craft Fair on June 17th at the United Reform Church on Edwards Lane.  

opening... Join us in the workshop on the 24th June, whether you are are a curious newcomer or a favourite face we would love to see you there between 10am and 5pm.

  • explore the workshop and have a nose about

  • talk to our terrific tutors about skills, tools, classes and courses

  • enjoy our Student Showcase and see examples of student and tutor's work

  • browse and buy beautiful jewellery

  • buy or sell at the second hand tool sale.

preparing... As part of the open day we will be holding our very own second hand tool sale. If you have tools that are languishing unloved in your workshop please download a form (or collect one from the workshop) and bring them along to help them find a new home. You'll get the money from the tools you sell or you can put it towards your next NJS class or course. If you are looking to rehome a new to you tool you might find something special at the sale on the day. FIND OUT MORE

launching... Our new autumn class programme will go live on the website on June 24th and VIP members will have priority booking access from June 17th. We are still putting the finishing touches to the timetable but look out for a save the dates email hitting your inbox very soon. We have some amazing things planned. FIND OUT MORE

inspired by... Emily Kidson is known for her use of wood and laminate with precious metals. Sensitive use of colour is central to her work and is the backdrop to a minimal, modern aesthetic with areas of intricate detail. We love her strong colours and use of non-traditional materials.

making... Our June project is an articulated pollinator pendant with moveable riveted wings. Download the template and instructions and choose from four different insects each in three different sizes. Learn to use a rivet to join the sections and a card spacer to make sure those wings can fly. You can download the project from the website ready to make at home or in your own workshop. And it's available free to our silver, gold and platinum members. As with all our download projects it's designed to be made using nothing more than the tools included in our 'I Want It All' tool kit.


Our June classes are all full but if you wait an extra week you can explore sand casting from found objects in this introductory workshop. Find out what objects will create a good mould and how to prepare them for the casting process. Learn how to prepare and create a mould and melt down silver to create the cast. Create a few different casts and to finish a piece to wear if you choose to. Sunday 3rd July: 10.30 - 4.00 £160 (FOUR PLACES LEFT) 


This weather calls for something summery and this week we have been nibbling on a delicious lemon and elderflower sponge. We don't bother with the icing though - it makes our workbench sticky.

exploring... On the blog we are getting to know the NJS team starting with founder and floor sweeper Alys Power. If you have emailed us, come to a class, or just liked a post, you have probably met Alys along the way and now you can get to know her a little bit better.  

We've also had a few students getting in a pickle about their pickle so we've added a guide to pickling on the blog to help you see how we do it.


To coincide with out open day we will be launching our autumn class timetable on 24th June (with early bird access for our VIP members from the 17th June). But so you can get the dates in your diary and be ready to hit your book button when the dates go live, here is what is coming up in September and October.

SIX WEEK COURSES LEVEL ONE SILVER JEWELLERY Mondays from the 11th September 10.30 - 1.00 OR 6.30 - 9.00 LEVEL TWO SILVER JEWELLERY: FOCUS ON 3D FORMS Tuesdays from the 12th September 10.30 - 1.00 OR 6.30 - 9.00 STONE SETTING: PRONGS & CLAWS Wednesdays from the 13th September 10.30 - 1.00 OR 6.30 - 9.00 ONE DAY CLASSES THREE RINGS IN A DAY Saturday 2nd September 10.30 - 4.00

KEUM BOO Saturday 9th September 10..30- 4.00 JEWELLERY BUSINESS BOOSTER Saturday 16th September TINY TRINKET BOXES Saturday 23rd September KNOTTED PEARL NECKLACES Saturday 7th October SPIRAL SILVER PENDANTS Saturday 14th October STAMPED COPPER CUFFS Saturday 21st October INTRODUCTION TO SILVER SMITHING Saturday 28th October

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