How to Use Different Types of Burrs

Wheel Burr

This is the final part of our guide to burrs, where we will cover some of the shapes and profiles which don’t fall directly into the stone setting category. It is worth noting however, that the way in which burrs are used is completely open to your own interpretation, so don’t feel restricted in any way by the descriptions provided here. We are simply trying to get you started … [Read more...]

A Guide to Stone Setting Burrs

Stone setting burrs

Having already discussed burr materials in the first part of this blog series, parts two and three will focus on the varying shapes of Busch burrs and the jobs that they are intended for. We will cover shapes and cuts, and try to make some sense and order out of the vast selection out there. Many burrs are primarily associated with the tasks involved with creating and … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Right Burr for Your Jewellery Design

Choosing a burr from the huge selection available is no easy task. There are shapes, sizes and materials to think about, as well as considering the purpose and metal best suited for each design. It’s not surprising that many customers are confused about burrs, and resort to decisions based on price, availability or even worse, they just give up altogether. We have put … [Read more...]

A Guide to Sweat Soldering

Soldering Equipment

Sweat soldering is a simple and fuss free way of joining two metal surfaces together, one on top of the other. It is great for flat surfaces and ideal for seams, where neat solder application would otherwise be tricky. Sweat soldering is a two part process whereby solder is melted onto one surface, cleaned, positioned and re-heated to join a second surface. As the metal … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Making Inspiration

By Jo Varney Mother’s Day is nearly here (it falls on Sunday 11th March this year), and a quick browse of the internet brings forth a huge array of gift suggestions for mums young and not so young! Amongst the inevitable chocolates and flowers, personalised accessories are right up there as one of the most popular gifts for mum this year, which is not surprising seeing as it … [Read more...]

Essential Jewellery Clasps and How to Use Them

Jewellery Clasps

Jewellery clasps come in all shapes, sizes and price points. Here at Cooksongold we stock over 500 different clasps, in a number of styles and alloys, so where do you start and how do you choose a clasp for your jewellery making project? Well there is really no definitive answer when it comes to choosing a clasp, as in most situations a range of designs would adequately do … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Alison Young

The natural world is a big feature of jewellery designer Alison Young’s handmade pieces, in particular rare black coral which takes centre stage as part of her black coral jewellery collection. Learn more about her design style, inspiration and more in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

Using PMC Aqua with Precious Metal Clay

PMC Aqua is one of the newest and most exciting innovations to come out of Mitsubishi Materials Trading Corporation, and it will revolutionise the way you work with all types of PMC. As the name suggests, PMC Aqua is a liquid which can actually rehydrate PMC back to its original working state. Typically, water can be used to revive semi-dried PMC to give it a slightly longer … [Read more...]

How to Use Guardian Ear Fittings

What are Guardian Ear Fittings? Guardian ear fittings are ideal if you are looking for secure and easy to use earring findings for your jewellery designs. Available in 2 sizes and 5 different alloys, Guardian ear fittings feature a double grooved post for a positive lock, and ear backs that are removed by applying firm pressure to the side triggers – making them perfect for … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Rudolf Molnar

Enamel and precious metals feature a lot in the work of enamel artist and goldsmith Rudolf Molnar, who gets the inspiration for his unique pieces from mythology and nature among other things. Read on to learn about his background, his favourite piece and more… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making … [Read more...]