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Gemstone Focus: Agate

Agate is very similar in its composition to Quartz (Silicon Dioxide), but can be identified from its distinctive curved banding which occurs in a variety of different ways. One of the most common and recognisable effects is the concentric banding, which is similar in appearance to the inside of a tree trunk … Continue Reading

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Top 5: Jewellery Soldering Tools

Soldering, the process of permanently joining two metal components together, is a popular jewellery making technique used by jewellers of all skill levels. It is achieved via the application of heat, normally with a … Continue Reading


Halloween 2016 at Cooksongold

So Halloween isn’t for everyone, and for those of you who don’t have children wanting to dress up and partake in pumpkin carving and all the general ‘spookery’ associated with October the 31st, it might just be … Continue Reading

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The Great British Craft Fair

The advantages of online selling are numerous, which is why it is one of the fastest growing retail sectors of the moment. However, the great tradition that is the British craft fair still remains a very viable way … Continue Reading


Review: Handmade to Sell

by Jo Varney Handmade to Sell is a guide to running a craft business written by the directors of an organisation called Hello Craft, which is based in the United States. Hello Craft is a non profit making trade … Continue Reading

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Christening Gift Inspiration

When Princess Charlotte (daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) was christened last year, much ado was made of the gifts that some of the world’s richest and most influential well wishers would deem fitting … Continue Reading