What’s New in Storage?

By Jo Varney Let’s face it; any well organised workshop needs good storage. We have all experienced (I’m sure) those frustrating situations when you can’t find your favourite pair of pliers or that carefully sourced stone, so take control of your work area and get prepared with some of our fabulous new storage solutions which are new this month. Magnetic Tool Holder 45cm … [Read more...]

Review: Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers

by Jo Varney Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers by Elizabeth Bone is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of silversmithing, suitable for the jeweller rather than the metal smith (sounds self explanatory, but it needs to be clarified). Other similar texts tend to adopt a generalised approach for those creating decorative objects rather than pieces to wear, but not this book … [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...]

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...]

Top Tools for Beginners

I can remember (some time ago) being given a tool list when I first went to University, which filled me with bewilderment and a good degree of trepidation! Of course I can look back now with some amusement as experience has taught me about the type of tools which are essential to my work, but also more importantly which ones I prefer to use. The tools of your trade will become … [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...]

Jewellery Tools Event Lunchtime Learning – Questions and Answers

On 25th June Cooksongold held our first ‘Lunchtime Learning’ on Facebook to celebrate our Jewellery Tools Event, which gave you the chance to ask us your Jewellery Tools related questions in a live Q&A session. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part as we had a great response, and I’m sure that we all learnt something new about Jewellery … [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...]

Jewellery Making Q&A with Amy Logan

On Wednesday jewellery Amy Logan 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 a little bit of trouble deciding with which thickness … [Read more...]

A Guide To Pickling

Step away from the Kilner jars and put down that beetroot! Tempting though it is, we are not about to explore the fascinating subject of preserves and chutneys! No, in jewellery terms pickling refers to the process of removing oxidised surfaces and flux from metal after soldering. What is pickling solution made from? It is an acid compound usually made using a specialised … [Read more...]