Top Christmas Gift Ideas 2017

Cooksongold is an ideal destination for those searching for a special luxury gift this year. We have some fabulous tools and kits for jewellery makers as you would expect, but also some more unexpected items to delight those who are a little more difficult to buy for. Take a look through some of these top picks to see what ‘gems’ you can discover… Gold Pro Max Barreling … [Read more...]

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...]

Beginners’ Guide: How To Use Jump Rings

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Jump rings are a jewellery-making essential, allowing you to attach everything from chains to clasps, pendants to charms. Whether you want to make earrings, necklaces or bracelets, learning how to use jump rings will help you to create professionally finished pieces that are durable enough for everyday wear. In this guide, we’ll take you through everything from how to use … [Read more...]

How To Make A Cross Pendant With Art Clay Silver

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It’s hard to beat precious metal clay for its simplicity and ease of use. What’s more, the finished results can be striking, all of which makes it a very satisfying material to work with. Whether you’re trying this technique for the first time, or looking for some fresh inspiration, this cross pendant tutorial will show you how to use art clay silver to create a simple but … [Read more...]

Winter Selling Exhibitions 2017

By Jo Varney With Christmas rapidly approaching, here are some of my top picks of the designer/maker selling exhibitions in the run up to the big day this year. Hopefully they will encourage you to invest in some handmade pieces for loved ones, or inspire you to make some of your own. Etsy Made Local: Birmingham Originals Winter Makers Market When: 2nd – 3rd December … [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...]

Designer of the Month: Lydia Redovnikovic

Jewellery designer Lydia Redovnikovic favours a mixture of both a classic look and artistic expression when making her pieces, and likes to keep on top of current trends in the jewellery industry so they can be incorporated into her own designs. You can read more about her work in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Fancy Sapphires

All gem-quality corundum which isn’t red is classified as Sapphire. However, the term Fancy Sapphire is used to describe stones which are neither red, blue nor colourless, so there are four different types of Sapphire in theory. But to complicate matters further, you will also find other coloured Sapphires with specific names (such as Padparadscha and Pink Sapphire), so the … [Read more...]

How To Sell More At Trade Shows

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Have you got your first jewellery trade shows and craft fairs lined up? Ready to take your latest collection and sell, sell, sell? You may have a beautiful collection, a well thought out display, and the perfect spot with lots of footfall, but how do you maximise sales at a trade show? Here’s our guide on getting the best out of attending jewellery trade shows, including how … [Read more...]

How To Make A Necklace Chain With Wire

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Want to find a unique look for your latest necklace designs? You can add an extra handmade touch to your pieces by learning how to make a necklace chain with wire. It’s really simple to do and will add a new look to your necklaces while helping you to develop your wire work skills for future projects. Here’s what you’ll need to get started: Wire (approx. 20 gauge) … [Read more...]