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...]

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...]