What Is The Difference Between Argentium And Sterling Silver?

Argentium logo, Featuring the Winged Unicorn

What is Argentium silver? Argentium is one of a new generation of silver alloys. It was developed specifically to combat the tarnish that occurs as silver oxidises when it comes into contact with air, which is a major drawback for all who love silver. However, Argentium also boasts a whole range of other properties besides this, which help to make it an exceedingly clever … [Read more...]

Review: How To Make Hammered Wire Jewellery

By Nicola Moxey This is a gorgeous book, full of stunning full-page pictures and tutorials with carefully shown steps. It’s going to have a permanent place on my worktop, as a brilliant ideas source. I opened the book and flipped through going “Oo! I could make that!” and “Wow, what a good idea!” at almost every page, before settling down and reading it through. How To Make … [Read more...]

Top 5: Bullion

If you had to take a guess as to the most popular bullion products that we sell here at Cooksongold, what do you think they would be? Whether wire, sheet or tube, I’m sure you all have favourites of your own, but there are a few products that (despite our ever growing range) remain our top sellers come rain or shine. Take a look at our bestselling bullion favourites listed … [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...]

Material Focus: Aluminium

Aluminium is not a material which immediately lends itself to the production of jewellery. It is by contrast an element with huge domestic and industrial capability and probably more associated with the humble drinks can or the wafer thin kitchen foil that we take for granted during our everyday activities. It is a metal of immense strength, but it’s also extremely light and … [Read more...]

Review: Wubbers Medium Bail Making Pliers

by Jo Varney ‘Wubbers.....Funny name, serious tools’ Ok, I will admit that when I first came across the ‘Wubbers’ brand I did have to do a double take. Wubbers, really? It sounds like something my three year old would talk about! However once you get past the bizarre name, what you discover is range of jewellery pliers which have been specifically designed for ‘shaping, … [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...]

How To Anneal Metal In Jewellery Making

What is annealing? Annealing is the process of heating a metal to a specific temperature before it’s worked on. Through this process of annealing, the precious meal is softened and made pliable. This will allow you to shape the metal into the jewellery piece you want. You might need to repeat the annealing process in case your metal work-hardens. What is work … [Read more...]

Equipment focus: Bending metals

Bending metal is one of the basic jewellery techniques which every jeweller comes across in the designing process. Mastering this technique is crucial in order to avoid damaging your piece’s surface.  Before setting to use this technique, acquaint yourself with the following tools: 1. Mallets If you are looking to bend your metal without marking it, make use of mallets – … [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...]