How To Make Wire Wrapped Rings

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If you’re still in the process of mastering the use of your round nose pliers, this is the ideal jewellery making project for you to take on. In this tutorial you’ll learn two new skills: How to make wire rings – a simple ring made with leftover wire that will help you master the use of your pliers and get creative with your own design ideas. How to make wire rings with … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Annamarie McHugh

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A variety of materials go into the pieces made by Annamarie, including silver and enamel, with the designs in her handmade jewellery collection being inspired mainly by fantasy and faeries. In the following Designer of the Month interview, we spoke to her about her background, what she has learnt from her time as a jeweller and more… Let us know a bit about yourself, … [Read more...]

Your Guide To The Best Drill Bits For Metal

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Starting out in the jewellery making industry can be challenging, but if you’re equipped with the right tools to create original, statement pieces, it becomes a whole lot easier. That’s why we’ve put together a simple guide to choosing the best drill bits for metal jewellery. There are different touches you can give your jewellery using metal drill bits, depending on the … [Read more...]

What Is Onyx Gemstone?

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Curious about the onyx gemstone? Here’s everything you need to know about onyx, its properties, and how to recognise a real black onyx gemstone from the rest. What is onyx stone? Onyx is a variety of stone that comes from Chalcedony. Chalcedony is a silicate mineral, mostly made of calcite (similar to marble and granite) and it usually features contrasting layers of … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Tamara Zecevic

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Trained goldsmith and jewellery tutor Tamara works mostly with use silver and enamel to create her designs, although is open to using a wide variety of other materials when making conceptual jewellery pieces. Read on to learn more about her work, the advice she would give to those who are new to the industry and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]

What’s New at Cooksongold: Winter 2018/19

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Our extensive range of jewellery making materials and supplies is constantly changing and evolving, meaning sometimes it can be a little difficult to keep up – so with that in mind, we have gathered together a collection of some of our latest additions below to ensure you don’t miss out on these new products. Halo Settings If you are short on time but still want to give … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Samuel Phillips

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With a background in blacksmithing, jewellery maker Samuel now uses a lot of traditional silversmithing techniques in his work, along with casting and forging, to make a range of simple yet stunning designs. Discover where he gets the inspiration for his pieces from and more in the following interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Karen J Ward

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Jeweller Karen J Ward uses a range of traditional techniques when making her jewellery pieces, such as chasing and repoussé, texturing and stone setting. Read on to learn more about her varying design style, the tools and materials she favours and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making industry. When I … [Read more...]

A Jeweller’s Guide to Saw Blades

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Saw blades come in a wide range of sizes to accommodate different gauges of metal, the idea being that you change them regularly rather than sticking to just one. A saw cut is initiated from the edge of the metal or a carefully pre-drilled hole, although as you work your saw blade requirements will alter. For example, sawing in a straight line requires a thicker blade than a … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Catherine Marche

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The most loved tool in the workspace of jewellery designer Catherine is her mandrel for shaping and hammering rings, which she creates alongside a number of other pieces using inspiration from a variety of sources. To learn more about her work and design style, take a look at the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]