Inspiration

10 steps to start making jewellery

Interested in making jewellery? Whether you’ve been inspired by someone else, or simply want to create your own bespoke designs at home, discover how to start making jewellery below. 1. Choose the type of jewellery you want to make There are many types of jewellery making to choose from – some of which take a […]

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  • Designer of the Month: Gillian Salisbury

    Gillian Salisbury, Odonata Studios, focuses on being a beginner in the field of amateur jewellery making. She speaks about her passion for creativity and her jewellery making journey so far.  I’ve always been one for keeping my hands busy creating pretty things for the home, the kids or myself and I started making jewellery about […]

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  • Review: The Complete Metalsmith

    This book has been reviewed by Joanna Varney.  She holds a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing and is part of the Cooksongold team. (This book is available as either a student or professional edition. This review is based on the student edition.) Described as a ‘handbook’ this text is an excellent workshop companion to […]

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  • Marketing and Selling your Handmade Jewellery – Viki Lareau

    This book has been reviewed by Joanna Varney.  She holds a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing and is part of the Cooksongold team.     My initial thoughts when first opening this book were:   1. It’s based on the American market   2. It is focusing on Bead Jewellery rather than Fine Jewellery […]

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  • Designer of the Month: Sophie Marie Smith

    I have always been creative and interested in art and crafts. As a young child I could often be found hunched over a project invariably involving enormous amounts of glitter,beads and glue. After enjoying art and design so much at school; I then studied textiles and photography at college. This allowed me to start exploring […]

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  • Designer of the Month: Kim Styles

    It was while doing a one year 3D foundation course that my tutor suggested I might be good at jewellery. I had grown up in an engineering background and although I hadn’t considered jewellery before, I am very grateful for her insight, as she was right! I applied and was amazed to be accepted to […]

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  • Designer of the Month: Lydia Niziblian

    In 1992 I left school and took a foundation in Art & Design. At the point of completing the course, I should have followed my heart, and gone on to study fine art. I went on to take a degree in Film & Video at (what was then) West Surrey College of Art & Design. In […]

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  • Designer of the Month: Tom McDowell

    Being the son of a jeweller, jewellery has always been a part of my life and something that I’ve been fond of. I originally studied at Bucks New University as a metalworker but soon found I preferred the smaller scale of jewellery. I came out of my BA with a good skills set and a […]

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  • Designer of the Month: The Beauty of Lace

    Louise West, currently studying for her MA ADAPT, talks about her contemporary lace journey so far and her future prospects.   My creative journey started during my BA (Hons) in Textile Design, which I started as a mature student in 2006. During the first year I had the opportunity to do a commission for a […]

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