Designer of the Month: Alison Young

The natural world is a big feature of jewellery designer Alison Young’s handmade pieces, in particular rare black coral which takes centre stage as part of her black coral jewellery collection. Learn more about her design style, 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...]

Using PMC Aqua with Precious Metal Clay

PMC Aqua is one of the newest and most exciting innovations to come out of Mitsubishi Materials Trading Corporation, and it will revolutionise the way you work with all types of PMC. As the name suggests, PMC Aqua is a liquid which can actually rehydrate PMC back to its original working state. Typically, water can be used to revive semi-dried PMC to give it a slightly longer … [Read more...]

How to Use Guardian Ear Fittings

What are Guardian Ear Fittings? Guardian ear fittings are ideal if you are looking for secure and easy to use earring findings for your jewellery designs. Available in 2 sizes and 5 different alloys, Guardian ear fittings feature a double grooved post for a positive lock, and ear backs that are removed by applying firm pressure to the side triggers – making them perfect for … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Rudolf Molnar

Enamel and precious metals feature a lot in the work of enamel artist and goldsmith Rudolf Molnar, who gets the inspiration for his unique pieces from mythology and nature among other things. Read on to learn about his background, his favourite piece and more… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making … [Read more...]

Getting Personal: The Personalised Jewellery Trend

Let’s be honest, we all love the idea of having something that nobody else has; something that is so personal and unique to us that no one else in the whole world has (or so we like to imagine)! The way to achieve this is through customisation, and this is set to be a huge jewellery trend this year. Personalisation and customisation are big, big news. If you take a look at … [Read more...]

The Heart Motif

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is looming once again and the shops are festooned with images of hearts in every configuration you can possibly imagine. This got me thinking about the heart itself as an image and a design icon, and how it has evolved over time to remain current. So, with that in mind I have done a little digging to find out more about it... The … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Maria Savva

Jewellery designer Maria Savva uses her background in printmaking to influence her work, and likes to use a mixture of patterns and texture when making her pieces. Read the following Designer of the Month interview to learn more about Maria, her jewellery designs and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery … [Read more...]

Even More New Products at Cooksongold

You may have noticed that in a previous post we introduced some of the newest additions to our jewellery tools range – but what about our other new products? One article just wasn’t enough to cover the vast selection of new items which have been popping up in the Cooksongold range recently, so in this article we are going to be introducing you to what else is new… Langer® … [Read more...]

Brand New Tools at Cooksongold

Durston Leather Apron

By Jo Varney Here at Cooksongold we are constantly updating and improving our range, to bring you the best and most innovative products available on the market today. Our selection of products changes continually, with new items popping up all the time so it can be difficult to keep up sometimes – so to save you some time here’s a round up of some of the newest additions to … [Read more...]

How To Make A Braided Necklace

how-to-make-a-braided-necklace

Just setting out in the world of jewellery making? Not quite sure where to start? Try out our latest beginners’ guide on how to make a braided necklace. Here you’ll find all the tools and techniques you need to use to create a simple but striking statement braided necklace. What you’ll need Flat nose jaw pliers Round nose pliers Cutters Chain Seed beads … [Read more...]