Craft Fair Checklist

We are well and truly into the summer season now, and those of you who favour the one to one approach to selling your work may well have a couple of craft fairs on the calendar. Preparing for a craft fair can be quite a stressful time as you try to envisage every possible scenario that might present itself, as well as actually making enough stock to sell. It makes sense to be … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Anne Lise Hestness

Born in Norway, Anne Lise Hestness has been making jewellery for over 30 years so has plenty of experience when it comes to designing and making her pieces. Discover what she has learnt from her time in the industry, where she gets her 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...]

Gifts for Dad

By Jo Varney Father’s Day is fast approaching and sometimes Dads can be notoriously tricky to buy for! If you feel like mixing things up a little this year and finding an alternative to the standard PJs, socks and Liquorice Allsorts, then look no further – I have gathered together a selection of some of the best new products available from the Cooksongold range, and I can … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Daisy Vickers

Self-taught jewellery maker Daisy Vickers loves using recycled silver and texturing when creating her rustic, boho themed designs, and found her style through experimenting with different techniques. Read the following Designer of the Month interview to learn more about her work and what she has learnt from her jewellery making experience… Let us know a bit about yourself, … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Metal Stamping

Metal stamping is the process of striking metal, using a shaped former or cutter to make an impression and a hammer to create the force. It can be done by hand or machine, but for our purposes in this blog post, we will be talking about the hand process. Stamping is a great way of adding pattern and texture to metal in a short space of time, and can be achieved very simply … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Emma Hall

Working with polymer clay led self-taught jeweller Emma Hall into working with precious metal clay, which she now uses to create a variety of stunning silver pieces. We spoke to her more about her inspiration and her time in the jewellery making industry in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

Review: Hot Connections Jewellery

By Jo Varney Hot Connections Jewellery is a large paperback book focusing on the subject of soldering techniques. It is marketed as a guide that will ‘take your jewellery making skills to the next level’, and it is written by Jennifer Chin who is a teacher and metalsmith working in Boston in the USA. This is her first book. Comprising of 160 pages spread across six … [Read more...]

Exhibitions and Shows to Look Out for in 2017

Exhibitions and shows are a fantastic way to draw inspiration for your own work, whilst enjoying and maybe even buying other people’s designs. We are very lucky in this country to have access to a diverse range of museums and galleries, who offer a constantly changing array of objects and images to stimulate the imagination. The UK also plays host to a vibrant circuit of … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Malachite

Malachite is one of those distinctive stones which really cannot be mistaken for anything else. Its characteristic strong and dense green colour, coupled with its trademark light and dark banding, make it quite unique and unlike any other gemstone. The name ‘malachite’ is believed to be derived from the Greek words molochitis lithos, which essentially means ‘mallow green … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Sally Grice

Sally Grice takes the inspiration for her stunning silver clay pieces from nature, creating jewellery based on the flora and fauna of the natural world. She talked to us in the following Designer of the Month interview about how she makes her designs, upcoming trends in metal clay and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in … [Read more...]