5 Different Metal Working Files For Beginners

Metal Working Files for Beginners

Building out your jewellery making tool kit? You’ll already know that there are a huge amount of metal working files that you could invest in to perfect your craft. But let’s face it - not everyone has the budget to pick up their ideal kit right from the off. When you’re just starting out it’s worth getting to know the different types of hand files available to you so that … [Read more...]

What Is The Lost Wax Casting Process?

Wax Casting Jewellery

One of the oldest methods of jewellery making around, lost wax casting dates back to the 3rd century BC. Having been lost and rediscovered many times throughout history, the lost wax casting process is still used today for casting metal alloys. Keep on reading to find out what the lost wax process is and how you can use it for jewellery making. What is lost wax casting? Lost … [Read more...]

Handmade Jewellery – Finding the right style for you

Jewellery

The term ‘handmade jewellery’ covers an extensive selection of both techniques and materials which can all be used to create beautiful objects to wear and admire. There are really no rules when it comes to style but there are, however, very different skill sets required for each technique. First and foremost, jewellery can be broken down into two categories; metal and … [Read more...]

How to Fire Bronze Metal Clay

How to Fire Bronze Metal Clay

Experimenting with metal clay jewellery designs? Ever thought about trying bronze? If you haven’t already tried out Prometheus Bronze clay, this metal clay is simple to work with and will give you a professional result in no time at all. To help you get the finish you’re looking for, use our guide on how to fire bronze metal clay. With some straightforward Prometheus bronze … [Read more...]

Make a Art Clay Silver Leaf Pendant

We partnered with Emma Seward, a budding jeweller and gardener, to create this Art Clay Silver Leaf Pendant tutorial. The piece clearly shows how Emma loves to create pieces that combine these two loves. Read on to see her step-by-step guide: Materials and Tools list  Art Clay Silver 10g paste  Silver embeddable bail Ultra Polishing Pads Pack of 20 Emery Stick … [Read more...]

Introduction To Precious Metal Clay

Precious Metal Clay (PMC)

If you’re starting out in your journey as a jewellery maker, you’ll be learning about the different tools and techniques for making something special. One of the best materials for a beginner is precious metal clay (or PMC). With that in mind, we’ve created a handy introduction to precious metal clay to help you get started. In this blog, we’ll talk you through how to use … [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...]

Types of Silver: Understanding Precious Metals

Sterling Silver Sheet

noble metal noun CHEMISTRY a metal (e.g. gold, silver, or platinum) that resists chemical action, does not corrode, and is not easily attacked by acids. Silver is one of our fine, noble metals which can be traced back as far as approximately 3000BC. Our fascination with silver has endured to this day thanks to not only its aesthetic properties but also its practical … [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...]