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...]

How To Make An S Clasp With Wire

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Are you new to making your own findings? Or just haven’t had the time to make your own necklace and bracelet clasps? If you’re looking to expand on your jewellery making skills and would like to start with findings, learning how to make a wire wrapped clasp is a great place to start. Use our step by step guide below to perfect your first wire wrap clasp. Step by step guide: … [Read more...]

Essential Jewellery Clasps and How to Use Them

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Jewellery clasps come in all shapes, sizes and price points. Here at Cooksongold we stock over 500 different clasps, in a number of styles and alloys, so where do you start and how do you choose a clasp for your jewellery making project? Well there is really no definitive answer when it comes to choosing a clasp, as in most situations a range of designs would adequately do … [Read more...]

Beginners’ Guide: How To Use Jump Rings

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Jump rings are a jewellery-making essential, allowing you to attach everything from chains to clasps, pendants to charms. Whether you want to make earrings, necklaces or bracelets, learning how to use jump rings will help you to create professionally finished pieces that are durable enough for everyday wear. In this guide, we’ll take you through everything from how to use … [Read more...]

How To Make A Cross Pendant With Art Clay Silver

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It’s hard to beat precious metal clay for its simplicity and ease of use. What’s more, the finished results can be striking, all of which makes it a very satisfying material to work with. Whether you’re trying this technique for the first time, or looking for some fresh inspiration, this cross pendant tutorial will show you how to use art clay silver to create a simple but … [Read more...]

How To Sell More At Trade Shows

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Have you got your first jewellery trade shows and craft fairs lined up? Ready to take your latest collection and sell, sell, sell? You may have a beautiful collection, a well thought out display, and the perfect spot with lots of footfall, but how do you maximise sales at a trade show? Here’s our guide on getting the best out of attending jewellery trade shows, including how … [Read more...]

How To Make A Necklace Chain With Wire

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Want to find a unique look for your latest necklace designs? You can add an extra handmade touch to your pieces by learning how to make a necklace chain with wire. It’s really simple to do and will add a new look to your necklaces while helping you to develop your wire work skills for future projects. Here’s what you’ll need to get started: Wire (approx. 20 gauge) … [Read more...]

How To Make Silicone Moulds For Polymer Clay

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Do you frequently use polymer clay in your jewellery making? And find that you’re a little tired of the moulds you re-use time and time again? For a fresh take on your polymer clay pieces, consider learning how to make your own silicone moulds for polymer clay pieces at home. This will give you a way of producing new, unique polymer clay pieces, and help you add a new skill to … [Read more...]

Review: Handcrafted Wire Findings

By Jo Varney Handcrafted Wire Findings is a book for those wanting an alternative to shop bought findings, which tend to be very similar regardless of where you buy them. It is aimed at beginners, but would also serve as a refresher for anyone who is perhaps stuck in a cycle of using the same designs over and over again. Comprising of 127 pages and produced in a paperback … [Read more...]

How To Use Polishing Compounds

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Polishing precious metal jewellery pieces requires a little knowledge about different types of polishing compounds and buffing tools, and even more practice in order to get the technique just right. But, with some basic know-how and the supplies you’ll need to create a professional finish, the process will soon become second nature. Here’s what you need to know to get … [Read more...]