Using Beaded Wire and Beaded Rings in Handmade Jewellery

Beaded Rings and Beaded Wire

By Jo Varney Its always nice when new products are added to Cooksongold’s range, and particularly exciting when I get to try them out! Recently introduced is a selection of beaded wire and rings, which I think will be useful as both a jewellery making component and as a finished jewellery piece. Beaded Rings The beaded rings are constructed from a series of tiny balls … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Elizabeth Anne Norris

Originally an Environmental Scientist, jewellery designer Elizabeth Anne Norris uses her previous career as an influence on her pieces and the materials she uses, making designs from 100% recycled metal such as Ecosilver when possible. Take a look at the following interview to learn more about her work and time in the industry… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing … [Read more...]

How To Seal Polymer Clay

polymer clay

New to polymer clay? You may be wondering about putting the finishing touches to your polymer clay creations. Do you need to seal it once it’s been baked? What do you use to glaze polymer clay? Should you use resin? Or a specific polymer clay sealant? Read our guide below on how to seal polymer clay and gain valuable insight into the dos and don’ts of sealing polymer clay … [Read more...]

Professional Tools Focus: Fretz

Fretz Goldsmiths Hammer

Fretz Design is an American company started in 1970, as a jewellery venture, by husband and wife team Marian and Bill Fretz. Both were originally involved in different areas of the industry, and combined their collective skills to start a small specialist company which initially focussed on the production of bespoke pieces. As time went on, their area of expertise began to … [Read more...]

Do You Need To Hallmark Your Jewellery?

hallmark jewellery

Are you a budding silversmith and need advice on how to hallmark your pieces correctly? This blog will give you a full breakdown of what is required and how to go about getting your pieces hallmarked before sale. With answers to some of the most common questions we get from start-up jewellery businesses, you’ll be ready to send your latest pieces to your nearest Assay Office … [Read more...]

4 Top Tips For Building Your Handmade Jewellery Website

sell jewellery online

As a small business owner, it’s now easier than ever to connect with an online audience and reach out to a whole host of potential new customers. Undoubtedly the best way to sell jewellery online is to build your own handmade jewellery website. With a clear-cut brand and a fully functioning ecommerce site where customers can buy from you at the touch of a button, your online … [Read more...]

New Additions to Our Range of Swarovski Gemstones™

Swarovski® Genuine Sapphires

Genuine gemstones are not something one normally associates with Swarovski, but it may surprise you to learn that Swarovski have applied their expertise to genuine gemstones and offer a range which boasts all the precision and quality that you would expect from the brand. The selection of Swarovski® Genuine Gemstones includes Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Spinel and Marcasite, and … [Read more...]

How To Etch Copper In 8 Simple Steps

copper sheet ready for etching

Etching copper doesn’t have to be a complex process with the right tools and supplies to hand. With a few simple safety guidelines and some expert advice, you can create copper etched jewellery pieces that are truly unique and professionally finished. Remember, if you can draw up your own design, use a pre-stamped design, or take inspiration from other patterns and prints, you … [Read more...]

How To Use Beading Tools

a set of crimping pliers

Beading is a form of jewellery making that enables beginners to take their first step into jewellery production. With so many beads in varying shapes, styles and sizes, the possibilities are endless. If you’re just starting out when it comes to using basic beading tools, this guide will help you get to know each tool in detail and how to use beading tools to speed up your … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Wallace Regelous

Great wave pendant

Jewellery designer Wallace Regelous favours her saw frame among her other jewellery tools, using it to create a variety of pieces featuring ivy, the sea and animals – and sometimes even a kinetic element. Read on to learn more about Wallace's work, the lessons she has learnt from her time in the industry and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, … [Read more...]