Designer of the Month: Jill Lawrence

Jewellery designer Jill Lawrence favours sterling silver when creating her hammered wire pieces. Her designs often incorporate a 3D element to make them stand out, and she likes to take influence from her love of the sea when making a new piece. Learn more about her work in the following Designer of the Month interview… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]

Easter Gift Inspiration

Easter is fast approaching, and regardless of faith we all like to celebrate the occasion in our own special way. Here are a few products and gift ideas to make your celebrations extra special this year. FIMO Kids Polymer Clay Blocks in Glitter and Plain Colours Cue the fanfare of trumpets...FIMO Kids is here! I have waited a long time for this product to be … [Read more...]

How to Use Different Types of Burrs

Wheel Burr

This is the final part of our guide to burrs, where we will cover some of the shapes and profiles which don’t fall directly into the stone setting category. It is worth noting however, that the way in which burrs are used is completely open to your own interpretation, so don’t feel restricted in any way by the descriptions provided here. We are simply trying to get you started … [Read more...]

A Guide to Stone Setting Burrs

Stone setting burrs

Having already discussed burr materials in the first part of this blog series, parts two and three will focus on the varying shapes of Busch burrs and the jobs that they are intended for. We will cover shapes and cuts, and try to make some sense and order out of the vast selection out there. Many burrs are primarily associated with the tasks involved with creating and … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]