Our Metal Stamping Guide For Beginners

Introduction to Metal Stamping

Whether you’re new to metal stamping or you’d just like to brush up on your knowledge, we can help. In our metal stamping guide, we’ll talk you through the ins and outs of the process and the basics of metal stamping to get you started. So to begin your metal stamping journey, read on and watch our quick YouTube video for a visual guide. What is metal stamping? If you’re … [Read more...]

Our Best Selling Top 5 Tools

Out of our enormous range, have you ever wondered which tools outsell all the others? Here’s a little insight into the top 5 stars of the show and a few thoughts as to why. In reverse order, the number 5 slot is currently occupied by the humble flux brush. No.5 Flux Brush - 946 010 An item which every jeweller and silversmith in the land owns and uses on a daily … [Read more...]

What is Lapidary?

What is Lapidary

If you’re new to the jewellery making crowd, you may have come across the term – but what is lapidary? Putting it simply, lapidary is the art of working with gemstones. There are many different ways that lapidarists work, but one of the most rewarding ways is to make jewellery with gemstones. Either as a pendant or as a setting in a ring or bracelet, there are a variety of … [Read more...]

Etching Vs Engraving: What’s The Difference?

Etching Vs Engraving: What's the Difference?

Looking to try your hand at etching or engraving? Both are great for creating unique, personal designs, but it can be tricky figuring out which is the best process for you. To help you understand the fundamentals of each technique, we’ll talk you through the difference between etching and engraving and what each involve so you can make a more informed decision. Learn more … [Read more...]

How to Engrave Metal With A Dremel Tool

Dremel Engraver

Looking for a way to make your jewellery designs stand out amongst the crowd? One way that you can add a unique touch to your jewellery is by learning how to engrave metal with a Dremel tool. Adding a distinctive engraving to your precious metal designs will set you apart from your competition, and help you adapt to your customers’ requests. Just starting out? The Dremel … [Read more...]

How To Use A Cooksongold Rolling Mill

How to Use a Cooksongold Rolling Mill

Thinking of investing in a jewellery rolling mill? The Cooksongold rolling mill is an excellent option for beginners who are just starting out and professionals who need to update their equipment with a new, afforable option. Already picked up the Cooksongold rolling mill? Watch our video tutorial and use our step by step instructions to set up your rolling mill correctly … [Read more...]

How To Cut Sheet Metal At Home

How to Cut Sheet Metal at Home

Cutting sheet metal is a fundamental skill that all metalsmiths will need to master before they graduate onto more complex materials and designs in their work. It may seem simple, but learning how to cut sheet metal cleanly and accurately can take practice but it will stand you in good stead to get the basics right, whatever you’re making. How to cut sheet metal by hand Read … [Read more...]

What Are The Best Files For Metalworking?

What Are The Best Files For Metalworking

Files have been used for metalworking from as early as the Middle Ages – and they’re still essential in metalworking today. But with so many files readily available, it can be hard to know which ones to use for your projects. So, if you’re struggling with figuring out the right types of metal files to use, we can help you out. Whether you’re making rings, pendants or stone … [Read more...]

Tool Storage around the Bench

Good tool storage is essential in any well organised work space regardless of size. It can save you time, as well as prolonging the life of the tools themselves, so is well worth the investment. Keeping a clear working area can be tricky when you have a large number of tools that you frequently need to grab. The key to good bench storage is having items stored in such a way … [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...]