Designer of the Month: Isobel Stamford

rose ring

The inspiration for Isobel’s pieces comes from nature, with many of her finished designs being made from silver and gold. We spoke to Isobel to learn more about her work in the following interview, so read on to discover the pieces she is particularly proud of, the tool she couldn’t live without and her advice for those who are new to jewellery making… Let us know a bit … [Read more...]

Using a Barrelling Machine with Metal, Stones and Glass

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Contrary to popular belief, barrelling machines are not just for polishing. They can in fact be used for a number of different processes, simply by changing the compound and/or shot that you put inside them as you can see below. Cutting Material Compound Finish/Effect Stainless Steel Shot (998 003) Barrelbrite soap (998 001P) and water Polishing metal to … [Read more...]

How To Use A Bead Crimping Tool

close up of crimping a bead

Learning how to use a bead crimping tool is one of the basic skills you’ll need to perfect as you work with beads in your jewellery making career. If you’re new to beading and want some step by step guidance, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s your complete guide on what crimp beads are and how to use crimping tools to finish your beaded pieces to a high standard, with a … [Read more...]

Cooksongold 3D Launches at International Jewellery London

Bathsheba piece

There’s no doubt that the world of jewellery is always evolving, with new tools and technologies constantly being developed and introduced to complement traditional techniques and craftsmanship. Among these new innovations for the jewellery making industry is direct precious metal 3D printing, made possible using Cooksongold’s Precious M080 system – something which we are … [Read more...]

How To Find Instagram Influencers For Your Jewellery Brand

an instagram model showing off her jewellery

Selling items on Instagram takes time and a little dedication, especially when you’re in the process of building a jewellery brand online. If your online presence is growing and you want to take your social media presence to the next level, Instagram influencer marketing may be just the ticket. Discover how to get your Instagram noticed with our guide on how to find … [Read more...]

How to Make a Superduo Honeycomb Bangle

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Making a honeycomb bead bangle requires a really simple thread path, but the trick to making a successful bangle lies in the thread tension. This jewellery making project gives you all the tips you will need in order to get that right. Simply follow the instructions carefully and you will be able to create a bangle from beads which is stiff enough to hold – do not be tempted … [Read more...]

Getting To Grips With Precision Micro Welding

welding a wedding ring

Are you new to precision micro welding? As a professional jeweller, you may be looking for new ways to speed up your manufacturing process, or just a fresh take on soldering that is right for you and your work. Here, we introduce you to the Aquaflame micro welder – an excellent, updated piece of soldering equipment that could completely change the way you work. Watch the … [Read more...]

How To Make An S Clasp With Wire

sterling silver round wire

Are you new to making your own findings? Or just haven’t had the time to make your own necklace and bracelet clasps? If you’re looking to expand on your jewellery making skills and would like to start with findings, learning how to make a wire wrapped clasp is a great place to start. Use our step by step guide below to perfect your first wire wrap clasp. Step by step guide: … [Read more...]

Finished Jewellery for the Summer Months

Sterling Silver Tortoise and Bee Design Jewellery

What comes to mind when you think about jewellery for summer? Casual, organic, freeform, fun, whimsical, colourful and informal are some of the things which immediately spring to mind. Summer jewellery is about capturing a feeling above anything else, and that can encompass many different elements. Colour can change a look instantly, and during the summer months, we … [Read more...]

How To Make Silver Solder

silver solder rods

As you probably already know, jewellery is often made up of several different components brought together by several different skills and materials to make a unique piece. As you progress to more complex soldering processes and begin making more complicated precious metal pieces, you may want to start making your own soldering pallions. Here, we show you how to make silver … [Read more...]