Today is ! 📚

Today we're throwing it back to an interview we did with the talented Rebecca Skeels! The author of 'Soldering for Jewellers'. We find out more about the inspiration behind writing the book, top tips for fellow jewellers and get the chance to see Rebecca's beautiful designs 😍

Rebecca's book covers so much and you can grab a copy for yourself on our website 👇
🔥 How to set up your work
🔥 Basic edge to edge soldering
🔥 Sweat soldering
🔥 Soldering small items
🔥 Attaching findings
🔥 Stick feeding
🔥 & more!
It is nearly the time of the October Month of Craft - we are celebrating it as the World Craft Town. We would like to thank Rebecca Skeels for her innovative thinking and hard work during the process with our craft town partners.

Farnham Town Council Farnham Herald Farnham Craft Town Skeels

Design maker, leader of craft courses and an active member of the UK’s craft industry.

Rebecca Skeels started her business in 1994 after graduating from the University of Wales. Since 1994, Rebecca’s thirst for knowledge and her passion for sharing has lead her to graduate from Central Saint Martin’s (MA Project by Design) and achieving a PGC in Higher Education from the University for Creative Arts. As a designer maker, Rebecca’s work has exhibited across Europe and in the US and s

Operating as usual

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Photos from Skeels's post 11/12/2022

All vanished. Thank you for your help with lazering this … weld all hidden now. I did quite like it myself, was tempted to keep it. All resized and ready for returning now though.

Photos from Skeels's post 11/12/2022

Thought I should share these before too long.


Great evening this week at the ball. The 2022 Benevolent Society Charity Ball was held at The Grand Hotel in Birmingham on Thursday, December 8, for the second year running. The same venue that hosted the first Jewellers' Ball in 1933, which was attended by royal guest George V. Big thank you to the Goldsmiths Centre. The organisers and Sponsors. It was a wonderful evening.

Photos from Skeels's post 06/12/2022

Amazing evening. Posted • A wonderful evening at Birmingham Town Hall for the Voice of the Black Opera Finals VoBO yesterday. Such amazing Singers. Amazing gowns and outfits by The School of Fashion and Textiles and Wonderful Jewellery by our very own BA Jewellery and Objects Students in the School of Jewellery Birmingham City University. Thank you so much to everyone. Vincent, the singers, the students and all of the people behind the scenes.


So good. Posted • Busy feast! Christmas party.


At the Voice of the Black Opera VoBO Finals to begin at the Town Hall in Birmingham. jewellery and outfits. All from

Photos from Skeels's post 26/11/2022

Had a great evening at the of the Black Opera this week. Good luck to all the contestants. It was such a privilege to hear you all and see you perform.


What a wonderful kind and supportive man. He will indeed be missed. He helped me and my students a lot. And even kept in touch when I moved. My thoughts go to his family and his many friends and colleagues at this time. He will be missed by many. Posted • It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Simon Olding, former Director of the Crafts Study Centre.

Simon retired at the end of October after 20 years as Director of the CSC. He has been ill since early summer and passed away peacefully on Saturday.

We are enormously thankful that Simon was able to pay a final visit to the Crafts Study Centre just a couple of weeks ago for a small retirement celebration, and that we were able to show him how deeply we all cared for him. Simon was a rare gentleman and delightful colleague; we will will miss him greatly.

We send our sincere condolences to Simon’s family and friends.

* * *

All the kind words left on his retirement post in October were passed onto Simon and he was truly humbled by those messages…,


are in the Atrium today.

Photos from Skeels's post 20/11/2022

Photos from Skeels's post

Photos from Skeels's post 20/11/2022

Paul bought a very nice new cup today by . Now we’re home and having a cuppa. Paul out of this one. And me out of one of the cup, bought Manchester a few weeks ago. .

Photos from Skeels's post 20/11/2022

Yahooooooo . . Posted • Books for Christmas by our BA hons Jewellery and Objects staff team. . Posted • Thank you Posted • Today is ! 📚

Today we're throwing it back to an interview we did with the talented Rebecca Skeels! The author of 'Soldering for Jewellers'. We find out more about the inspiration behind writing the book, top tips for fellow jewellers and get the chance to see Rebecca's beautiful designs 😍 Link in bio & click Meet The Jeweller Interviews to read ✨

Rebecca's book covers so much and you can grab a copy for yourself on our website 👇

🔥 How to set up your work
🔥 Basic edge to edge soldering
🔥 Sweat soldering
🔥 Soldering small items
🔥 Attaching findings
🔥 Stick feeding
🔥 & more!


Photos from Skeels's post 12/11/2022

Nice afternoon at at the Heallreaf exhibition of woven tapestries. We voted. Good luck to the people’s choice 🏆 winner.

Photos from Skeels's post 12/11/2022

Photos from Skeels's post 12/11/2022

Level four Theory trip to the V&A and Science Museum. So much to see we really had to choose where to start. Hope everyone loved it as much as me. Thank you for organising


So so nice to be included in this type of post. Thank you so much. Posted • Day 11 of the Kernowcraft | Jewellery Making Supplies] challenge is ‘book worm’

Here’s a little selection of my jewellery related books!

I love getting lost in a book, one of my aims for next year is to read a lot more! - any recommendations for ‘whodunnits’ and crime thrillers welcome! 😂

Kernowcraft | Jewellery Making Supplies]


It was fabulous meeting the Art Teacher and students from Waseley Hills High School.
It was lovely to show you around the Birmingham City University School of Jewellery and to introduce you to our colleagues in the tech hub, horology and gemmology. And to help you all make a pendant using texturing and press forming for you to take home.
Hope you had a great day. Thank you to for organising.

Photos from Skeels's post 06/11/2022

Some exhibitions followed by artichoke soup.

Photos from Skeels's post 05/11/2022

Photos from Skeels's post

Photos from Skeels's post 05/11/2022

Posted • This week we hosted a Creative Careers Symposium in collaboration with the Association for Contemporary Jewellery We had a fabulous morning of talks from horology to apprenticeship schemes to researching historical items. Followed by some of our amazing Jewellery and Objects students showcasing backup work and pieces. We also had demonstrations from artist in residence and jewellery and objects alumni Marcus .3243 and jewellery and objects tutor Anastasia Michelle McCormick showed some fantastic behind the scenes information into the world of gemmology and even got loud oooos and aaahs during her presentation. This was followed by talks from visiting tutor to the jewellery and objects course Paul Wells Taking us through his fascinating historical collection and his research into the meanings and how they were made. Norma Banton from Master Peace Academy took us through her inspiration and aims and objectives of the academy to some of the many successes so far. Jack Meyer gave us some great information and tips not just about cad cam but also how we use digital technologies. The day was rounded up by the fabulous Sian Hindle Course Director for the MA Jewellery and Related products and Rebecca Skeels a senior lecturer on our BA Jewellery and Objects course. A huge thank you to the ACJ and the exhibition’s manager Jo Haywood for all her help setting this up. As well as the for making the space and time and to all of the amazing speakers and presenters and demonstrators. And a huge thank you to all of the teachers and students that made the day a big buzz

Photos from Skeels's post 04/11/2022

This week teamed up with and ran a creative careers symposium. Teachers and students from the wider local area came to see what some of their options in the industry could be. From designing to making to researching to curating to horology to gemmology. The most popular but was where students met students. So a big thank you to our BA honours Jewellery and Objects students and HnD Jewellery and Silversmithing students that helped out by discussing and showcasing their background work as well as finished pieces. .gong If you are interested in your school taking part in similar activities or events please get in touch.

Photos from Skeels's post 03/11/2022

The Creative Careers symposium this week was a collaboration between the and School of jewellery

We had over 70 in the audience of students and teachers from local schools.

Jeremy Hobbins FBHI opened with a talk about horology. This was followed by Dauvit Alexander discussing his approach to his designs, then Ann-Marie Carey who showed everyone the fascinating process of practically exploring a found piece and discovering and making it with more recent technologies. The morning talks finished with Peter Taylor MBE giving us all an insight to the The Goldsmiths'​ Centre and the The Goldsmiths'​ Company and apprenticeship schemes for young people in Birmingham and London.

More on what followed in a future post.

Images of Peter giving his presentation



The ACJ teamed up with BCU yesterday to run a symposium for local schools and colleges. For the teachers and students to enjoy a day of talks and demonstrations showcasing some of the variety of options for a career in the world of jewellery. We started with Jeremy Hobbins. Setting the scene and showing us a little of what a course and role in watch and clock making could lead to.

Photos from Skeels's post 30/10/2022

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Getting started with my new School Lead role. With a day with BCU Marketing Team. It’s good to meet everyone and discuss so much already. Birmingham City University.

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.mann.gnccf Yey we went on a trip. Great to see some great crafts. In an amazing building. With Bought a few things. And a few more things.

Photos from Skeels's post 15/10/2022

Photos from Skeels's post


Let us show you around
The best way to explore what student life is like here at BCU is to come and see us in person, so we'd love
to invite you to our Open Day on Saturday
22 October, 9am - 3pm.
Book your place to join us for course talks and guided tours of our state-of-the-art facilities here at the School of Jewellery. You'll have the opportunity to chat to staff and students to find out everything you need to know about studying with us.
Over at our City Centre campus, you'll also be able to find out more about student finance, admissions, our Students' Union and take a tour of our student accommodation.
Book here:

If you aren't able to join us on that date, there's another chance to visit us on
Sunday 27 November. You can book your place for November with the same link.


Great presentation yesterday from Blast Studios. Thank you to the organisers and speakers. .studio

Photos from Skeels's post 29/09/2022

The Goldsmiths Centre to see . The Goldsmiths Centre for a meeting. The Goldsmiths Hall for outside the old workshopx2 the old college campusx1 the old hauntsx10.

All That Glitters Episode Five: Mismatched! 27/09/2022

All That Glitters Episode Five: Mismatched!

Last episode this week.

Read a little about episode five here.

All That Glitters Episode Five: Mismatched! Many mass-produced earrings are usually made in matching pairs, whereas hand-made earrings can more easily be as mirror images of each other or asymmetrical. Designers can challenge how earrings are worn and look in a variety of ways, however the jewellers here are restricted by time and materials.....

All That Glitters Episode Four: Brooch and Ear Cuff 21/09/2022

All That Glitters Episode Four: Brooch and Ear Cuff

Hope you’re watching.

All That Glitters Episode Four: Brooch and Ear Cuff All That Glitters, presented by Katherine Ryan, is back on BBC TWO. This week's episode focuses on the creation of a brooch and ear cuff.

Photos from Skeels's post 19/09/2022

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