Technique Focus: Enamelling

Traditional enamelling in simple terms is the fusing of tiny glass particles with heat to form a solid layer of colour onto a metal background.  It can be matt, shiny, opaque or translucent, and comes in a wide selection of colours and finishes. There are a number of different techniques which can be used to actually apply the enamel, a selection are listed below: … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Texturing Metal

A textured metal finish can be achieved in a variety of different ways and can take a number of days or a matter of minutes to obtain, depending on your technique of choice. Advances in materials and product development mean that it is now possible to achieve texture using a series of shortcuts, such as pre-textured plates and shaped hammers which were simply not available … [Read more...]

How To Make Silicone Moulds For Polymer Clay

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Do you frequently use polymer clay in your jewellery making? And find that you’re a little tired of the moulds you re-use time and time again? For a fresh take on your polymer clay pieces, consider learning how to make your own silicone moulds for polymer clay pieces at home. This will give you a way of producing new, unique polymer clay pieces, and help you add a new skill to … [Read more...]

How To Use A Polishing Mop

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Using a polishing mop is a vital technique required by all jewellers who work primarily with precious metals, and it’s a technique that requires a lot of practice to master. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a seasoned jewellery maker looking for some extra tips, read our guide on how to use a polishing mop effectively. Once mastered you can polish and enhance the … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Silver Soldering

Successful soldering can be the key to a wealth of creative opportunity once mastered, and there are a range of different methods which can be used to create a strong join. Regardless of which particular technique you favour, the basics of good soldering remain the same, so here is a quick reference list for anyone new or unsure of where or how to begin. What is silver … [Read more...]

A Guide to Barrel Polishing

Barrel polishing is a great way of polishing multiple items at once whilst freeing up your time, allowing you to get on with something else which is always a bonus! Barrelling machines (regardless of size) consist of a container with a removable lid, which is filled with a mixture of steel shot and water plus a cleaning compound and then rotated on a motorised unit, to gently … [Read more...]

Material Focus: Argentium

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Argentium is one of a new generation of silver alloys. It was developed specifically to combat the tarnish that occurs as silver oxidises when it comes into contact with air, which is a major drawback for all who love silver. However, Argentium also boasts a whole range of other properties besides this, which help to make it an exceedingly clever alloy for those who choose to … [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...]

Findings Favourites

By Jo Varney It’s all about Findings at Cooksongold with the launch of our lovely new Essential Guide to Jewellery Findings as well as our new Findings and Chain catalogue for 2017, so I thought I would take the opportunity to sing the praises of some of my favourites and share with you the reasons why. The purists amongst you will say that we should all be making our own … [Read more...]

Top 5: Tools for Working with Precious Metal Clay

Precious metal clay is a fabulously accessible material which happily requires few actual tools to work with. Instead, with a few simple accessories and consumables it is perfectly possible to produce professional looking jewellery at a fraction of the cost of a traditional jeweller’s set-up. In this post, we are taking a look at some of our customer’s favourite clay tools and … [Read more...]