Setting Swarovski Gemstones™ into Precious Metal Clay

By Jo Varney N.B. – before I start I just want to mention that my constant companion throughout these experiments was ‘The Art of Metal Clay’ by Sherri Haab. There is a whole chapter on stone setting in this book, which was invaluable throughout. Setting stones into precious metal clay is not without its problems; a lot can go wrong and it’s very much a case of trial and … [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...]

Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2017

Nobody could say that we are not romantic here at Cooksongold, and we have ensured that our ranges reflect this with some great ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts this month. We have some fabulous finished jewellery and packaging for those looking for a gift ready to give; but also many projects and love inspired findings for those with a little more time to spare – and some of … [Read more...]

A Guide to PMC

For those not familiar with PMC or Precious Metal Clay, it is a clay based craft material made from tiny metal particles, an organic binding agent and water, which can be modelled and shaped just like normal clay. Once dried and fired it becomes a solid piece of sintered metal, which can then be drilled, sawn and worked just like any other piece of metal, and then ultimately … [Read more...]

Jewellery Tools Event Lunchtime Learning – Questions and Answers

On 25th June Cooksongold held our first ‘Lunchtime Learning’ on Facebook to celebrate our Jewellery Tools Event, which gave you the chance to ask us your Jewellery Tools related questions in a live Q&A session. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part as we had a great response, and I’m sure that we all learnt something new about Jewellery … [Read more...]

Review: Fimo Professional

by Jo Varney ‘Fimo Professional’ is actually ‘Fimo Classic’ which has been re-branded and updated by Staedtler. In a statement put out by the company in 2014, Staedtler states that the changes in the popular polymer clay have been made ‘to reflect the high demands placed on the product by artists’. In short this translates into modern, new packaging which is re-sealable, a … [Read more...]

How to Create a pendant using PMC

We gave our Cooksongold blogger a PMC Super Starter Kit to have a play with. Take a look at what she made and how she made it! Precious Metal Clay or PMC is a material made up of tiny particles of metal which is combined with water and a binding agent. The resulting clay can be manipulated using basic tools and then fired using a blowtorch or kiln. During this process the water … [Read more...]

Copper Clay Heart Necklace

Sculpt this gorgeous copper heart pendant with our range of Creative Copper Clay! You will need: Bows mould Brass brush Creative Copper 20g Hand torch and Soldering block or Kiln Hand drill *Heat-proof container e.g. a pyrex bowl *Hot water Olive oil and olive oil dispenser Paintbrush and cup of water Picklean Sandpaper Teflon Tumbler Tweezers   Step … [Read more...]

How to: Painted Leaf

We really loved last night's episode of Kirstie's Handmade Britain especially her exploration of Silver Clay. This project allows you to make a similar painted leaf that featured on the programme so you can enjoy the rewarding experience of creating beautiful, delicate designs. You will need: Agate/metal burnisher or tumbler polisher Badger … [Read more...]

NEW to the World of Precious Metal Clay (PMC)?

For PMC beginners the most confusing thing is, "What tools do I need?", so here are a few suggestions to help you along the way: PMC Suggested TOOLS: A roller - used for rolling out the clay A rolling surface - Non-stick as possible e.g. a glass board or polished tile Spacers or playing cards - for getting the depth of the clay even Cutting blade, scalpel - For getting … [Read more...]