Choosing a Chain for your Pendant

Choosing a chain can be difficult. With so much choice available out there, it can be hard to know where to begin, particularly if you are selecting something as a gift. There are, however, a few simple rules which can make the task easier. By breaking the process down into a few simple steps you will quickly narrow the choice which will help tremendously. Here are a few … [Read more...]

New Modern Chain Styles

Following on from our previous focus on new chain, we thought we could take this opportunity to look at exactly what constitutes ‘new’ in an extremely crowded market place. Many chain styles have been around for what seems like forever and often it can be difficult to shake a pre-existing association you have, with a certain type of chain. However, chain design is so much … [Read more...]

Extender Chains – Making sure you get the right length

When choosing a chain, particularly on someone else’s behalf, getting the length right can be tricky. Not only do you have to consider the size of the neck it’s going around but also, the size of the pendant it's intended for. As well as its strength, style, alloy and the position it will hang on the body. So, what do you do if you are unsure, or worse still, have already … [Read more...]

Finished Chain: Discover New Chain Styles

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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...]

How to Make a Necklace Clasp

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Interested in discovering a new jewellery making technique? Making your own necklace clasp can add a personal touch to your handmade efforts, while matching the rest of your jewellery in a more natural way. For our step by step guide on how to make a necklace clasp, keep on reading. We’ll talk you through the supplies you’ll need and how to use them to make your own DIY … [Read more...]

How to Solder Chain

How to Solder Chain

Soldering chain links is a fiddly business. But there are some techniques you can use to make sure that you’re getting it right each time. Use our step by step guide below to help you learn how to solder silver chain and gold chain using some basic principles. Soldering chain links: What are you up against? Whether a large part of your business is jewellery chain repair or … [Read more...]

Your Guide to the Different Types of Jewellery Clasps – Part 3

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We have reached the third and final part in our series of articles covering the huge range of jewellery clasps that are available. Now in our final instalment, we bring together some more designs of jewellery clasp, along with suggestions on where they might be most suited to give you a helping hand in choosing the right one for your handmade jewellery piece. Previously in … [Read more...]

How To Make Byzantine Chain

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Looking for a new jewellery making technique to diversify your designs? Learning how to make byzantine chain or a byzantine weave is an excellent way of branching out into different looks that could become the basis of a new collection. Follow our step by step guide below on making byzantine chain. Once you’ve got the basics, you can then use this technique to create not … [Read more...]

Jewellery Chain Repair: Everything You Need To Know

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Repairing jewellery for your customers is often a large part of business that comes through your doors unexpectedly, and can be a good way of making some extra money alongside your jewellery designs. So it pays to know the ins and outs of jewellery chain repair. From basic repairs to soldering chain links, we’ve put together this jewellery chain repair guide so that you can … [Read more...]

Your Guide to the Different Types of Jewellery Clasps – Part 2

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Following part one of our guide to the types of jewellery clasp, which looked at the pros and cons of basic clasps you might use in handmade jewellery projects, we will now cover some of the more elaborate styles available as well as suggesting how and when is suitable to use them. To learn about other styles of clasp, don't forget you can also take a look at the other parts … [Read more...]