Top 5 Jewellery Making Tools For A Busy Designer

Top 5 Jewellery Making Tools For A Busy Designer

Feeling frustrated at work and looking for a way to speed up the jewellery making process? We can help with that. We understand how busy jewellery makers can get, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 jewellery making tools for the busy designer. From pliers to burrs, find all of our jewellery tool kit recommendations below. The Best Jewellery Making Tools To Save On … [Read more...]

Book Review: Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads

Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads By Mortira Natasha vanPelt

By Jo Varney Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads By Mortira Natasha vanPelt Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads is essentially a beading guide produced by the popular craft publisher Search Press. It is perhaps a little different to others you may have encountered in that the premise is based solely on the Ancient Worlds of Egypt, Greece and Rome. The idea being to forge a link between … [Read more...]

How To Carve Wax For Jewellery Making

Wax Blocks

If you’re used to traditional metalsmithing, then adapting to something like wax carving can feel like a challenge at first. With metalsmithing you often add decorative elements to a foundational piece, whether it’s adding a stone or a decorative gallery strip. But when it comes to wax carving jewellery, the exact opposite applies. You start with a piece of wax and slowly take … [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...]

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...]

Royal Engagement Rings Through the Ages

Royal engagement rings through the ages

Nothing captures the hearts of the general public like a Royal Wedding. Despite the wavering popularity of the monarchy in this country we always, as a nation seem to enjoy the pomp and ceremony that these state occasions demand. The Engagement Ring is always at the centre of the media focus throughout the proceedings so we thought it would be interesting to see how styles have … [Read more...]

How To Make Resin Jewellery

resin jewellery on a bench

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...]