How To Make Hoop Earrings

round nose pliers and silver wire with loose beads on a worktop

Making hoop earrings is a great way to expand your jewellery making repertoire, even if you’re just starting out in the jewellery making industry and looking to broaden your designs. Not only can you experiment with different colours, but customised shapes can also make your hoop earrings stand out from the crowd. Find out how to make hoop earrings in four easy steps. We’ll … [Read more...]

How To Make Drop Earrings

blue beaded drop earring with hook wire attachment and beaded necklace backdrop

If you’re starting out in the jewellery making industry, or you’re looking for something new and a little different to try your hand at, why not practice making drop earrings? Not only are they beautifully simple to create, but drop earrings are a great way to showcase your favourite beads of all shapes and colourways. We’ve come up with a step-by-step guide for those of you … [Read more...]

Professional Tools Focus: Tronex

Tronex Short Nose Flat Smooth Jaw Pliers

Tronex Technology Inc. was founded in 1982 in Napa, California and has since gone on to become a world leader in the design and manufacture of precision hand cutting tools and pliers. Located near to Silicon Valley, Tronex initially started out supplying precision tools to the electronics industry. Over time their customer base has grown, and they now supply a variety of … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Isla Wishart

Bridal Tiara

Ethical and eco-friendly materials are a big part of the jewellery pieces made by Isla Wishart, who creates a range of designs inspired by current trends as well as one off commissions. Read on to learn more about her design style, as well as her tips for those new to jewellery making based on what she has learnt from her time in the industry. Let us know a bit about … [Read more...]

How To Use A Bead Crimping Tool

close up of crimping a bead

Learning how to use a bead crimping tool is one of the basic skills you’ll need to perfect as you work with beads in your jewellery making career. If you’re new to beading and want some step by step guidance, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s your complete guide on what crimp beads are and how to use crimping tools to finish your beaded pieces to a high standard, with a … [Read more...]

Review: ImpressArt Bracelet Bending Pliers

By Lorraine Sanderson, Burning Gecko Advertised as a bracelet bending tool, these little pliers are so much more! I used the ImpressArt Bracelet Bending Pliers (product code 999 I123) as designed, to bend a sterling silver bracelet bar and they produce an extremely smooth and gentle bend, resulting in a cuff that fits an average size wrist. The handles of the pliers … [Read more...]

Brand New Tools at Cooksongold

Durston Leather Apron

By Jo Varney Here at Cooksongold we are constantly updating and improving our range, to bring you the best and most innovative products available on the market today. Our selection of products changes continually, with new items popping up all the time so it can be difficult to keep up sometimes – so to save you some time here’s a round up of some of the newest additions to … [Read more...]

What’s New in Storage?

By Jo Varney Let’s face it; any well organised workshop needs good storage. We have all experienced (I’m sure) those frustrating situations when you can’t find your favourite pair of pliers or that carefully sourced stone, so take control of your work area and get prepared with some of our fabulous new storage solutions which are new this month. Magnetic Tool Holder 45cm … [Read more...]

12 Basic Metal Forming Tools That Every Beginner Jeweller Should Have

Metal Forming Tools For Beginners

Build out your workbench step by step… In the second installment of this beginners’ blog series, we help you identify the basic metal working tools you’ll need to make precious metal jewellery pieces with a professional finish. Hammers, pliers, punches and mandrels… The list of metal jewellery making tools is almost endless. As a beginner, you should invest in some … [Read more...]

Top 5: Metal Forming Tools

One of the most fundamental processes in jewellery making is metal forming, which is the manipulation of metal in its raw state to change it into a different shape using a variety of tools. In the long run, a number of different jewellery tools can be required for metal forming depending on your work, but it is possible to manage with a few basic items when starting out as a … [Read more...]