Author: Alan Hadley

Forums Revisited!

Forums Revisited!

Due to frequent requests to reinstate it, we are pleased to reveal that the old GoJD Forums area has been dusted off, given a revamp and is now open for business once again. It’s possible that forum regular, Ingrid, will be making appearances and posting […]

Design Copyright Registration Service

Design Copyright Registration Service

We are pleased to announce the long awaited introduction of the GoJD/BPA Design Copyright Registration Service which is now available to use in members’ account dashboards. BPA Platinum, GoJD Standard Gold and Gold Plus members receive 5 file uploads and GoJD Gold Extra/BPA Pearl members […]

Odissa listings included in all memberships

Odissa listings included in all memberships

The option to list products on the GoJD selling platform has now been extended to all levels of membership.

*Silver members have the option to list up to 20 products with a commission on sales of 10% – no monthly charge

*Standard Gold and Gold Plus members can upload unlimited products with a commission on sales of 8%

*Gold Extra members can upload unlimited products with a commission on sales of 4%

*(PayPal charges also apply)

All members interested in selling on Odissa can apply here.    (Please choose the Silver Package if already a GoJD member) 

Please note that your application may not be accepted if product image and quality is poor or pricing does not reflect the fact that your products are handmade and instead suggest mass production.

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Win a Smith’s Little Torch #gojdmarchcomp

Win a Smith’s Little Torch #gojdmarchcomp

The Guild of Jewellery Designers are giving away a fabulous Smith’s Little torch; 2nd year running. It appears it’s a yearly event now; pencil the month March into your diary! 🙂 To enter, for a change, we don’t want to see your jewellery so much, more […]

Preventing Jewellery Store Robberies

Preventing Jewellery Store Robberies

A jewellery shop is one of the most prestigious retail fronts to run. It is usually well known in the area it is in, and more often than not highly profitable. However, with the benefits of running jewellers, there are also drawbacks, specifically coming from criminals. […]

Using Nylon Jaw Pliers

Using Nylon Jaw Pliers

A commonly asked question from those who are new to wire working is what kind of tools are recommended for beginners? Beyond the essential wire wrapping tools, a tool that is highly recommended if you plan to do a lot of wire wrapping and wire working is a pair of flat nose pliers with Nylon jaws.

Nylon jaw pliers come in really handy for a couple of different things. Most of the following techniques apply to the smaller gauges of wire like 22, 24, and 26 gauge, but not so much the larger gauges of wire, so just keep that in mind.

First, you can use flat nose nylon jaw pliers to straighten wire that’s right off the coil or spool.

So if you’d like to eliminate that curve before you start working with the wire, all you have to do is pull the wire through the jaws of the pliers several times until you get the wire nice and straight. These pliers are also good for straightening out kinks in your wire. This same technique applies – just use a slightly stronger grip to pull out the kinks. Sometimes you might make a mistake and want to try and fix it without wasting the wire.

The process of wrapping wire, unwrapping it, straightening it, and then wrapping it again can make the wire really brittle and that’s more so with some materials than others, so please just use your best judgment.

Carefully inspect the wire after straightening to see if it seems strong. If it seems really chewed up or brittle or you have any deep gouges or grooves in the wire, it’s best to just start over. Brittle wire breaks very easily, and you don’t want that! Another way you can use flat nose nylon jaw pliers is to grip your work to bend your wire without leaving tool marks.

This is especially handy if you’re working with soft wire, including craft wire or artistic wire and you want to avoid those unsightly tool marks. If you’re making spirals, for example, it can be difficult to avoid marring the wire as you work. You do have to squeeze really really tightly or the piece will just slip around while you try to make the spiral.

Finally, nylon jaw pliers can be used to ‘work harden’ jewellery wire. So if you have a wire that’s a little bit too soft for a project and you want to give it a bit more strength, you can simply pull the wire through the jaws of these pliers until you start to feel it harden up. You don’t want to go overboard with this though because remember – the process of working the wire like this can make it more brittle.

Just pay attention to the feel of the wire and stop when you start to feel it change.

Nylon jaw pliers are made with removable jaws because pulling wire through them eventually leaves grooves in the nylon. When they start to get really chewed up like this, you’ll need to change the jaws for a fresh pair.

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The GoJD Print Portal

The GoJD Print Portal

All members both Silver and Gold are now able to take advantage of discounted printing on a range of products through the new GoJD Print Portal in association with Vistaprint. Members can take advantage of preferential pricing of up to 50% discount through the portal […]

Choosing a Digital Caliper

Choosing a Digital Caliper

  Calipers are one of the most useful instruments in the jewellery maker’s toolbox and a tool that has added more accuracy and ease for taking measurments both for the seasoned professional and home/hobbyist use, but choosing the right one from the vast selection of […]

Gold Members – Download Your GoJD Notice

Gold Members – Download Your GoJD Notice

Display your membership of the GoJD to the world! 🙂

Gold members are now able to download and print off as required, a Guild of Jewellery Designers membership notice for display at craft and trade fair exhibitions.

Two versions of the notice are available applicable to membership, Standard Gold and Gold Plus/Extra. The link to download is found under the ‘Information’ tab or directly from the ‘Active Resources’ box in members account dashboards.

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Household Buildings Insurance for Jewellery Makers

Household Buildings Insurance for Jewellery Makers

A common problem we come across with guild members is the refusal of buildings insurance when an insurer finds out jewellery making is involved through our brokers Hencilla Canworth. We are pleased to announce that we can now offer all members, Silver and Gold, a […]