Book Review: Beginner’s Guide to Enamelling

Beginner's Guide to Enamelling

By Jo Varney Beginner's Guide to Enamelling by Dorothy Cockrell - 999 A182 Search Press specialise in producing practical art and craft books suitable for all skill levels. Their simplistic but thorough approach is ideal for beginners but also useful for those with more experience and the Beginners Guide to Enamelling falls nicely into that category. Written by Dorothy … [Read more...]

Tutorial: How to Make a Art Clay Silver Heart Set with Stones

Silver Art Clay Tutorial

Make a beautiful textured heart set with stones perfect for a significant other's birthday, Valentine’s Day or a special occasion using Silver Art Clay You will need: 7g Art Clay Silver Art Clay Silver Syringe Heart Cutter pack set 6 Brass Plate Large Flowers Synthetic Ruby, Round, 3,4,5mm, Pack of 14 Sterling Silver 12/18 Plain Trace, Loose … [Read more...]

Carving Metal Clay: How To Get Creative With PMC

Precious Metal Clay Mould

If you’ve already had an introduction to PMC and covered the basics of working with metal clay, you may want to take your PMC projects to the next level. Carving metal clay is certainly one way of taking that next step and producing precious metal clay jewellery that is completely unique. Read our guide below on carving metal clay and learn how to get creative with a vast … [Read more...]

Types of Earring Findings

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If you have pierced ears you will undoubtedly have a favorite type of earring fitting. Some of us prefer the security of posts and butterflies whilst others are happy in hooks and the choice can be quite mind boggling at times! So with that in mind, we have put together a bite sized guide to earring fittings outlining the pros and cons of each style. The first decision … [Read more...]

Wedding Ring Trends

From a sales point of view, wedding ring trends are very clear to see. Across all of the alloys there are styles which consistently sell more than the others. Court Wedding Ring Profile The classic court profile is without a doubt one of the most popular wedding rings on the market today. The domed exterior wall, coupled with the rounded interior surface, go together to … [Read more...]

Finished Chain: Discover New Chain Styles

Chains

Here at Cooksongold, we are constantly adding new items to the range and this month we have a lot of great new chain styles making their debut. Part of our growing range of finished chains, we have an abundance of new and exciting styles for you to work with and here, we give you a rundown of some of the highlights to watch out for: Sterling Silver 1.5mm Diamond Cut Fancy … [Read more...]

Jewellers Workbench Comparison: Part Two

Durston Workbench

Durston Jewellers Student Workbench Pro - 999 7219 There are many factors to consider when purchasing a work bench. Previously in Part 1, we looked at budget, size, height and storage. In part 2 we will go on to focus on bench pegs, comfort features, construction and scrap which are all things to think about when contemplating a new bench. A bench peg/pin is your main … [Read more...]

Custom Jewellery Design: 8 Common Pitfalls For Designers To Avoid

Custom Jewellery Design

As a customer jewellery designer, independent maker, and a business person you have to wear many hats. And juggling them can take up a lot of time and effort to make sure you're giving your jewellery business every possible opportunity for success. One area of your business that you certainly won't want to scrimp on is your custom jewellery design process. However that may look … [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...]