Jewellers Workbench Comparison: Part 1

Durston Jewellers Workbench

A good workbench can last a lifetime so there are many considerations to take into account when choosing such a vital piece of equipment. Unfortunately budget is undoubtedly at the top of most people’s lists when it comes to what can be a considerable purchase. Fortunately Cooksongold cater for all budgets and our range starts at a reasonable £186 (Folding Jewellers Bench - 997 … [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...]

Designer of the Month: Nadège Renée Cassar

Rutlated Quartz and Herkimer Diamonds Necklace

Jewellery maker Nadège uses a variety of materials to create her designs, from traditional precious metals to plastic and other recycled components. View some of her work, read about where she gets her inspiration from and more in this Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making … [Read more...]

How To Make Resin Jewellery

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Once you’ve learned the fundamentals of casting resin, your next step is to figure out which type of jewellery you’d like to create when using resin. And the great thing is that you can produce any type of jewellery you can think of – resin is an incredibly versatile material that will lend itself to making decorative pendants, rings, charm bracelets and much more. To give … [Read more...]

Brand Focus: Busch Burrs for Jewellery Making

busch cup burr

Busch are a German company based in Engelskirchen, originally founded in 1905 by two brothers Erich Busch and Ernst R Busch. Busch jewellery tools Busch's original aim was to provide better quality, precision tools to the dental industry which was still in its infancy at the time. However, as production increased and their success grew, they found that their new … [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...]

How To Make Wire Wrapped Earrings

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Wire wrapping is a skill that anyone can pick up and master in jewellery making. The beauty of making wire wrapped jewellery is that there is no right or wrong way of going about it – you can create free form patterns with your wire, so making wire wrapped earrings is an excellent way for beginners to get started. That’s why we’ve put together this simple step by step guide … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Katherine Lawrie

Katherine Lawrie at the bench

Having been surrounded by jewellery making for most of her life, jeweller Katherine favours traditional techniques and materials when creating her handmade jewellery pieces, and takes lots of inspiration from the countryside around her home in the South of England. Read the following interview to discover more about her background and her jewellery designs. Let us know a bit … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Helen Griffiths

Helen Griffiths jewellery

The jeweller’s saw is an essential tool in Helen’s workspace, with her using it to make a variety of designs which are mainly inspired by nature. Find out about Helen’s work, her background, what she has learnt from her time as a jewellery maker and more in the following interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the … [Read more...]