Beginners Guide: How To Solder A Silver Ring

Need some advice on soldering for beginners? Or are you looking to refine your basic soldering techniques? Simple, flat silver rings are a good place to start to get your silver soldering techniques up to scratch. Once you have mastered the art of accurately preparing for the soldering process and carefully using the right tools, you’ll be able to move onto more complex … [Read more...]

How to: Simple Silver Box

by John Ross Give your loved one something hand made to keep their precious items safe with this project for a Simple Silver Box. You will need: Adjustable Saw Frame (999 738) Grade 2 Saw Blades (999 4353) Planishing Hammer (997 3111) Rawhide Mallet (997 3118) Round Plain Triblet (997 3616) Planishing Dome Stake (997 174D) Steel Soldering Probe (999 … [Read more...]

Material Focus: Platinum

Platinum is the rarest and most valuable of the three precious metals, (gold, silver and platinum). It's distinctive silver/grey colour and dense structure give it a certain gravitas which eludes most other metals, and is why it is an obvious choice for anyone wanting to achieve or obtain quality and luxury. If you add to this it's fabulous resistance to corrosion, it really is … [Read more...]

How to: Silver Heart Pendant

by Lana Crabb If you're looking to make cute heart themed jewellery or the perfect gift for your someone special, then this jewellery making project for a Silver Heart Pendant using the Artisan Heart Shape Disc Cutter is for you. You will need: Artisan Heart Disc Cutter (997 1631) Doming Set (999 775A) Brass Head Mallet (997 3135/997 3134) Wet and Dry Paper 800 … [Read more...]

Review: The Art of Soldering for Jewellery Makers: Techniques and Projects

by Jo Varney The Art of Soldering for Jewellery Makers: Techniques and Projects by Wing Mun Devenney I am sure I’m not alone in having my fair share of soldering disasters over the years so I was really pleased to be sent a book about the subject to review! The Art of Soldering for Jewellery Makers is a lovely modern book published only two years ago, so it is bang up to … [Read more...]

Silversmithing Q&A with Laura Golbourne

Yesterday our in house silversmith Laura Golbourne hosted a live Q&A on our Facebook page. We had some many great questions that we thought we would post an article so that these great tips aren’t lost in the depths of our timeline. Thank you once again to everyone who took part, it was so great to chat to you all!   Question: I'm having trouble with how much silver … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Joining Types and Tips

 Most types of jewellery require at least one movable joint, therefore it is a vital part of a piece and should be considered during the designing stages. You need to think about the type of movement you require, specific to the design. Types of Joining Links   Rivets: A rivet has the ability to hold pieces together without solder. You need to push your small piece of … [Read more...]

The NEW Cookson’s Technical Information Booklet: one stop guide to jewellery making!

THE JEWELLERY GUIDE We've just launched the 32-page Jewellery Guide for those of you who are going back to work, starting work or just looking for new pieces to buy for your workshop!!  It contains the essential products to every jewellery maker's workshop: machinery, clay, starter kits, books, chains and bullion are amongst the many products you will find in this useful … [Read more...]

Starting & furnishing a jewellers workshop

Making jewellery doesn’t require a large space or big pieces of equipment or even furniture. A selection of key jewellery workshop pieces combined with basic hand tools provides everything for your first jewellery studio. provides a full range of jewellery tools - from basic hand tools, pre-packed tool kits, consumables, larger machinery right through to the … [Read more...]

Soldering – Technical Hints

Satisfactory soldered joints in precious metal articles must be strong yet unobtrusive. The basic principles of soldering practice must be applied to ensure strong consistent joints along with the following points:   (i) The design must lend itself to soldering. (ii) The parts to be soldered must fit closely and accurately. (iii) The correct solder and flux must be … [Read more...]