Book Review: Beginner’s Guide to Enamelling

Beginner's Guide to Enamelling

By Jo Varney Beginner's Guide to Enamelling by Dorothy Cockrell - 999 A182 Search Press specialise in producing practical art and craft books suitable for all skill levels. Their simplistic but thorough approach is ideal for beginners but also useful for those with more experience and the Beginners Guide to Enamelling falls nicely into that category. Written by Dorothy … [Read more...]

Jewellery Making Wire: The Basics

jewellery making wire understanding the basics

Wire forms the backbone of many a workshop – whatever you’re latest design, whatever your jewellery making style, wire can often play a central role in jewellery making.  But if you are not familiar with wire in all of its available shapes, gauges and uses just where should you start? Round Wire – is your basic, everyday essential material that virtually no workshop can do … [Read more...]

Book Review: Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths

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By Jo Varney Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths - 999 A190 This is a quiet and unassuming paperback book which could go unnoticed quite easily if you weren’t looking out for it. It isn’t flashy or attention grabbing and contains no unnecessary, lengthy descriptions where they are not needed. Instead, this little book is chock full of fabulous jewellery … [Read more...]

Types of Earring Findings

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If you have pierced ears you will undoubtedly have a favorite type of earring fitting. Some of us prefer the security of posts and butterflies whilst others are happy in hooks and the choice can be quite mind boggling at times! So with that in mind, we have put together a bite sized guide to earring fittings outlining the pros and cons of each style. The first decision … [Read more...]

Types of Silver: Understanding Precious Metals

Sterling Silver Sheet

noble metal noun CHEMISTRY a metal (e.g. gold, silver, or platinum) that resists chemical action, does not corrode, and is not easily attacked by acids. Silver is one of our fine, noble metals which can be traced back as far as approximately 3000BC. Our fascination with silver has endured to this day thanks to not only its aesthetic properties but also its practical … [Read more...]

Finished Chain: Discover New Chain Styles

Chains

Here at Cooksongold, we are constantly adding new items to the range and this month we have a lot of great new chain styles making their debut. Part of our growing range of finished chains, we have an abundance of new and exciting styles for you to work with and here, we give you a rundown of some of the highlights to watch out for: Sterling Silver 1.5mm Diamond Cut Fancy … [Read more...]

Jewellers Workbench Comparison: Part Two

Durston Workbench

Durston Jewellers Student Workbench Pro - 999 7219 There are many factors to consider when purchasing a work bench. Previously in Part 1, we looked at budget, size, height and storage. In part 2 we will go on to focus on bench pegs, comfort features, construction and scrap which are all things to think about when contemplating a new bench. A bench peg/pin is your main … [Read more...]

Custom Jewellery Design: 8 Common Pitfalls For Designers To Avoid

Custom Jewellery Design

As a customer jewellery designer, independent maker, and a business person you have to wear many hats. And juggling them can take up a lot of time and effort to make sure you're giving your jewellery business every possible opportunity for success. One area of your business that you certainly won't want to scrimp on is your custom jewellery design process. However that may look … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day Gift Ideas

As Fathers Day approaches (Sunday June 16th), once again the shops are full of gifts for men ranging from the wonderful to the distinctly weird! So let us guide you through some of the more practical and dare we say it, sensible gift ideas for men that Cooksongold has to offer. Personally speaking, we love a gift voucher so if you are finding it hard to choose something … [Read more...]