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...]

What Is Jeweller’s Rouge?

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When creating new jewellery pieces for your collection, you may want to add a high shine mirror finish to your silver and gold. The best way to achieve this? By using jeweller’s rouge. Watch our customer review video to discover more about how Dave Wilson (the artisan behind Celtic Dreams jewellery) uses jeweller’s rouge to add a finishing touch to his own creations, and then … [Read more...]

Using a Barrelling Machine with Metal, Stones and Glass

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Contrary to popular belief, barrelling machines are not just for polishing. They can in fact be used for a number of different processes, simply by changing the compound and/or shot that you put inside them as you can see below. Cutting Material Compound Finish/Effect Stainless Steel Shot (998 003) Barrelbrite soap (998 001P) and water Polishing metal to … [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...]

How To Make A Braided Necklace

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Just setting out in the world of jewellery making? Not quite sure where to start? Try out our latest beginners’ guide on how to make a braided necklace. Here you’ll find all the tools and techniques you need to use to create a simple but striking statement braided necklace. What you’ll need Flat nose jaw pliers Round nose pliers Cutters Chain Seed beads … [Read more...]

How To Create A Jewellery Marketing Plan For Your Jewellery Business

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Creating a jewellery marketing plan is vital for any small jewellery business. Whether you’ve been established for 10 years, or you’re just starting out, a clear marketing strategy can help you to understand your customers and your competitors, and to plan promotional activities that will target precisely the people you want to sell to. Not only that, by learning some key … [Read more...]

How to Mix Polymer Clay Colours

FIMO Professional clay can be used to make all kinds of unique jewellery creations. To help you craft them just as you imagined, we want to show you how you can mix virtually any colour you desire. Using the FIMO colour wheel, you can create 176 colours from just five primary colour clays. Here’s how to mix polymer clay colours so that you can create clay jewellery pieces with … [Read more...]

A Jeweller’s Guide To Using Polishing Compounds

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Stepping into the world of advanced jewellery-making requires a lot of patience and a deeper understanding of the intricacies that come along with perfecting your designs, especially when it comes to different types of polishing compounds and the jewellery polishing process. Polishing compounds. Jeweller’s rouge. Buffing wheels and mops – there’s so much to discover as part … [Read more...]

How To Create Your Own Jewellery Blog

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As a small jewellery business owner, you may be thinking up ways of engaging with your customers, as well as bringing in some new ones. If you’ve already built a small website to host your latest jewellery collections, and your social media marketing is picking up speed, it may be time to add another string to your bow. Here’s how to create a jewellery blog that will give … [Read more...]