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...]

Review: Handcrafted Wire Findings

By Jo Varney Handcrafted Wire Findings is a book for those wanting an alternative to shop bought findings, which tend to be very similar regardless of where you buy them. It is aimed at beginners, but would also serve as a refresher for anyone who is perhaps stuck in a cycle of using the same designs over and over again. Comprising of 127 pages and produced in a paperback … [Read more...]

How To Use Polishing Compounds

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Polishing precious metal jewellery pieces requires a little knowledge about different types of polishing compounds and buffing tools, and even more practice in order to get the technique just right. But, with some basic know-how and the supplies you’ll need to create a professional finish, the process will soon become second nature. Here’s what you need to know to get … [Read more...]

Review: Sterling Silver Ear Threads

By Lorraine Sanderson, Burning Gecko These delicate ear threads are so light you will not realise you are wearing them, perfect for those with sensitive ear piercings which become tender with heavy earring wear. The ear thread is firmly soldered to the ear post but does not produce additional bulk, it is a smooth connection.  The tiny box chain is so tightly linked that it … [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...]

How To Use Headpins And Eyepins

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Using headpins and eyepins for jewellery making is an essential skill that, once mastered, will help you create a number of designs with minimal effort. Forming wire loops using headpins and eyepins is primarily to secure beads into place, but they don’t just have to be functional. A simple method can be used to make eyepin and headpin loops an additional feature of your … [Read more...]

Review: Sterling Silver Sliding Clasps

By Lorraine Sanderson Sliding clasps in precious metal have long been the elusive component for jewellery makers. They are seen on many designs in both the media and jewellery shops, ranging from the simple friendship/stacker bracelet to high end designer brands. However, to find the clasps to purchase individually has been like trying to find gold at the end of a rainbow. … [Read more...]

Top Ten Jewellery Findings

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Creating precious metal jewellery requires quality craftsmanship, bullion and tools – everything you choose from start to finish will determine the outcome of your latest design. Which is why at Cooksongold, we ensure that we provide quality all of the way. From our jewellery tools to bullion and our jewellery findings and more, we aim to provide leading products in order to … [Read more...]

Jewellery Making Storage Ideas

Good, functional storage is so essential for anyone working with numerous small components regardless of your profession. So when you consider the value of many of the items us jewellers and crafts people use on a daily basis, safe storage is an absolute must! It’s all too easy to put that precious piece of 18ct solder ‘safely’ to one side, only to lose it later underneath a … [Read more...]

Men’s Jewellery Inspiration

According to statistics released by Key Note who are an organisation that analyse market performance, the UK Jewellery and Watch Industry were worth an estimated £5bn at the end of 2013, with a reported growth of 3% in 2014. Whilst the report cannot give detailed information for each sector of the jewellery market, it does highlight areas of growth and decline which give us a … [Read more...]