Thursday, 22 June 2017

Resin Love

If you know us at all, you will know that we love resin – it’s such a satisfying medium to work with.  Not only does it give your work dimension and perspective, but it can carry off any colour to match the style of your makes. 

Our resin of choice is manufactured by RF Bright – a family owned business based in Kent who make, in our opinion, the nicest resin we have ever tried (and trust us when we say in our line of work we have tried more than a few brands!).  If you thought that making jewellery with resin might be too tricky or fraught with issues, think again.  There are several varieties of resin in this range and all are equally lovely in their ease of use and they all have a great finish.  

In the past few weeks we have been making some samples to show at our upcoming workshops, what do you think?




And here are some awesome samples we have been sent by the manufacturers.  We love these!




Gorgeous, wouldn't you agree?  If you are feeling inspired and want to have a go, just send us a quick email with all your resin questions or to find out when we will start our resin workshops.  You can find our full range of resin here, and look out for some resin tutorials coming soon to the blog.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

When All Thoughts Turn To Holidays...

Last week we were lucky to have with us two brilliant Year 10 students undertaking work experience with us. Tabby already works with us on Saturdays and she opted to also spend her work experience week at the shop. Amber had not been with us before but after the first ten minutes it felt like a team that had been together since the start!

The girls were tasked with making a piece of jewellery symbolic of their holidays, and here is it - a beautiful memory bracelet:


Below they explain the process:

Holiday Charm Bracelet

This bracelet is about capturing precious memories from your holiday whether they’re from a week ago or three years ago in the summer sun –and you would like to remember the colours of the shimmering waves, or the crabs scuttling along the shore- or a trip abroad to Italy or France where you ate foreign delicacies while feasting your eyes upon iconic land marks -now is your chance to combine these memories and make a beautiful charm bracelet.

We decided to do a seaside holiday charm bracelet. My bracelet has pearls, swirling sea shells, a bottle of sea, a tiny picture of a boat on the sea and a few hand-moulded polymer clay treasures.

To start this easy, quick and fun project you will need to get 4 beads that are sea/beach inspired, shells, pearls, turquoise turtles/fishes are perfect for this sweet accessory. Make bead charms with them by using headpins.

Then get polymer clay in pink or orange to make a sweet little starfish charm. You can make your starfish by making a ball first from polymer clay, then pinching 5 sides to make the star shape. To add detail to your starfish get a toothpick and make small holes on the top and a star on the bottom, then put in oven at 125 degrees for 20 minutes- you must preheat the oven for at least 20 minutes before so the oven is hot.

To make the ‘beach bottle’ get sand and very small shells (possibly from your holiday) however if you cannot get these materials you can use glitter and seed beads.



Another polymer clay charm you can make is a shell. Make a ball with yellow polymer clay and push it down a bit so it’s the shape of a burger. Make it into a v-shape and at the top of this V make indents that follow to lines. Make these details with a tool if you have one, if not just use a toothpick. Cover your polymer clay shell charm in mica powder to give it a golden magical shine, to bake it do the same instructions from before with the starfish.

The last two charms for your bracelet are glass tiles with photos behind in small metal trays. First get 2 10mm glass cabochons and cut out a photo from your holiday or draw a memory from your holiday the same size as the glass cabochon, then seal with ModPodge. After it dries use silicon adhesive to stick the image to the glass, only use a drop but enough so that it spreads around the whole cabochon. 

After that dries stick the cabochon to the tray with ModPodge, and wait 24 hours.

After all the charms are ready, dry and baked, you can assemble them. First cut a large link chain to the length of your wrist, use two jump rings one on one side, and one on the other with a clasp. Put jump rings on all of the charms and attach them to the chain. Put the charm bracelet on and feel like you’re in the sun on holiday again!


Have a lovely summer!
from Tabby & Amber x

Thursday, 17 November 2016

UK Freepost offer!

Just in time for stocking up for Xmas, get Free Postage on all UK orders over £10 until Sunday 20th November.  Simply use code FREENOV at checkout!


Friday, 14 October 2016

Amazing new cabochons in the shop...

Just arrived, new selection of cabochons for the shop:




Gorgeous!  

Friday, 9 September 2016

Free Resin Offer!


Resin is back and we are celebrating by offering a free 75g set of ECO resin with any purchase of standard or low viscosity resin!  You can find both options here, in two different sizes: 75g and a large 375g set.  So if you purchase one set of resin (either type, either size) and we will throw in one free set of ECO Resin!  This is not just another free sample offer, this is a full size 75g set free with any purchase of resin!  This offer is open until Sunday 18th September.

ECO Resin is a new range of resins that we will be offering that are solvent-free, non-toxic and easy to use for top quality domed and cold-enamelled items.

We also sell colourants for these resins and lots of accessories for all your resin makes (do also look at our bezels which are perfect for filling!).  Please note it is only the full 2-part resin sets that attract this offer, and not any colours or accessories.

We are unable to send resin overseas at this stage, so regrettably this offer is open only to UK customers.

Our resin is manufactured in the UK by RF Bright, a family owned business from Kent that specialises in resins for industry and jewellery making.  The resins are lovely to use, they mix easily and take colour and inclusions well, don't produce noxious fumes and the end result comes up clear and glossy.  We love these resins and are planning lots of projects using them - keep an eye out on our tutorials page!


Thursday, 23 June 2016

New Website Offer

 Jasmin Studio Crafts new website!


That's right - our NEW WEBSITE is finally here!  it has only been, oh, three years in the making, presented us with countless trials and tribulations, and a lot of hard work, but we finally got there, and now we can offer lots of lovely things: many more products, a much easier way to shop, we now have wishlists so you can save all your favourite items for a later date, and customer accounts where all your purchases will be saved and returns can be managed directly from one place...

We have been aware for a long time that our old website just wasn't up to the job, so we hope you will like the new site.  Some improvements:
  • Your basket will now save for a few days, so do go ahead and make that cup of tea, your basket will still be there when you come back.
  • You can now buy a larger number of items individually if you really only want to try out a new piece, 
  • but if you want to buy 10, as before, it will still be the same price as on the old website.
  • If you prefer to buy in larger quantities, the website will now work out a wholesale discount automatically.  Our wholesale prices are available to all, and you can check them out within each item's page. 
  • Stuck for gift ideas for a crafty person?  consider a gift certificate
We hope you will enjoy browsing through our new site and do please let us know what you think. You can email us any comments at mail@jasminstudio.com, we fully expect that there may be the odd fluff here or there, so please let us know if you spot anything that looks amiss.

 Jasmin Studio Crafts new website

So we would like to thank you for your patience and continued custom by offering a huge 20% off EVERY ITEM in the store - simply add code CELEBRATE at checkout. This code is valid until Sunday 26th June and can be used multiple times.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Christmas Opening Times



Please see below for our shop opening hours this Christmas:


Wednesday 23rd
12pm-6pm
Thursday 24th
12pm-4pm
Friday 25th 
Closed
Saturday 26th
Closed
Sunday 27th
Closed
Monday 28th
Closed
Tuesday 29th
12pm-4pm
Wednesday 30th
12pm-4pm
Thursday 31st
12pm-4pm
Friday 1st
Closed
Saturday 2nd
Closed

We will continue to send orders on all the days that the shop is open, except weekends. 


We would like to wish all our customers a very merry Christmas!  

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Holiday Timetable



Summer is upon us and we're seriously in the mood for a slowdown - we figured if we don't stop now, we will not stop until after Christmas so to save our health and to be fair to our ever-patient families we have decided to have an August that's full of rest.

You may order through the website as normal but orders will be sent only three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during August. 

Our Streatham shop will be closed from the 2nd until the 10th of August (we are back on Tuesday 11th) and for the rest of August we will be in the shop only half-days from 1pm until 6pm.

If you need us during this time please email us (mail@jasminstudio.com) and we will reply as soon as we are back in the shop.  Or leave us a message on 0208 0908 443 - and we will revert as soon as we can.

Have a great summer!

 


Monday, 30 March 2015

Easter Freepost

Last weekend our website host was bombarded with traffic from a DDoS attack on its servers which made access to our website difficult.  To apologise for this blip, and to help with costs for all the Easter crafting that you have planned for the long weekend and beyond, we are offering Free Delivery on UK orders placed between now and midnight on Easter Monday.

Simply use code EASTERFREEBIE at checkout for a £2.50 discount on your total bill which is equivalent to our standard postage rate (international customers will also receive the £2.50 discount). Please note that postage upgrades are not included in this offer.

Minimum £10 spend required.

Happy Easter to all our customers!

jasminstudiocrafts.com

We are sorry that the discount cannot be applied retrospectively.


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Anglo-Saxon Jewellery Day

We had a ball on Monday when all sixty Year 4 pupils from Immanuel & St Andrew's CofE Primary School visited the shop to put together their wonderful handmade beads. This was a hands-on art project that formed part of their studies in Anglo-Saxon history. At school they had made some very lovely beads out of clay, which were decorated in the colours of long ago; and in the shop, they strung their beads together and learnt how to secure the ends to make a wearable piece of jewellery such as might have been worn in Anglo Saxon days. So out went the lobster clasps, and in came the hooks and rings!



We discussed the materials and design elements that Anglo-Saxons might have used in their adornments, and some groups even had a chance to try out making their own clasps out of wire. Below, a lovely necklace in progress:



Of course it helps a great deal to have your very own in-house helper for all that setting up that is needed, so a big thank you to where it is due.


We had lots of fun, and hope to do it again next year!