How to Make a Simple Silver Bead

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Beads can be made in a multitude of ways, and needn’t be as complex as you might imagine. Perfect for casual summer styles, a personalised bead makes a lovely gift particularly when so many of us now have some sort of bead carrier bracelet as standard now. In this guide, we will show you how to make a silver bead which will fit the plaited leather bead carrier (V12 CB8) … [Read more...]

How to Make Personalised Rings with Metal Stamping Techniques

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Metal stamping is a great way to make handmade jewellery designs which feature personalised messages and patterns. Using only a few tools and simple techniques, you can be well on your way to producing a professional piece of hand stamped jewellery which is customised to the recipient – and with our range of ring stamping blanks, it is now even easier to make personalised rings … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Isobel Stamford

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The inspiration for Isobel’s pieces comes from nature, with many of her finished designs being made from silver and gold. We spoke to Isobel to learn more about her work in the following interview, so read on to discover the pieces she is particularly proud of, the tool she couldn’t live without and her advice for those who are new to jewellery making… Let us know a bit … [Read more...]

Using Beaded Wire and Beaded Rings in Handmade Jewellery

Beaded Rings and Beaded Wire

By Jo Varney It's always nice when new products are added to Cooksongold’s range, and particularly exciting when I get to try them out! Recently introduced is a selection of beaded wire and rings, which I think will be useful as both a jewellery making component and as a finished jewellery piece. Beaded Rings The beaded rings are constructed from a series of tiny balls … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Elizabeth Anne Norris

Originally an Environmental Scientist, jewellery designer Elizabeth Anne Norris uses her previous career as an influence on her pieces and the materials she uses, making designs from 100% recycled metal such as Ecosilver when possible. Take a look at the following interview to learn more about her work and time in the industry… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing … [Read more...]

Do You Need To Hallmark Your Jewellery?

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Are you a budding silversmith and need advice on how to hallmark your pieces correctly? This blog will give you a full breakdown of what is required and how to go about getting your pieces hallmarked before sale. With answers to some of the most common questions we get from start-up jewellery businesses, you’ll be ready to send your latest pieces to your nearest Assay Office … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Wallace Regelous

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Jewellery designer Wallace Regelous favours her saw frame among her other jewellery tools, using it to create a variety of pieces featuring ivy, the sea and animals – and sometimes even a kinetic element. Read on to learn more about Wallace's work, the lessons she has learnt from her time in the industry and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Katie Belcher

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Self-taught jewellery maker Katie Belcher creates her pieces mainly from silver, using metal stamping techniques to give the designs that personal touch. Discover more about her background, her favourite handmade jewellery piece and more in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the … [Read more...]

Popular Beads for Handmade Jewellery This Summer

glass charm bead

Whether you prefer festival chic or beach fashion, Summer is a time when we opt for lighter, more fun accessories and beads are always a perennial favourite, regardless of trends. There are literally thousands upon thousands of different styles, sizes and materials to choose from, so I thought it would be interesting to have a look at what is popular right now. Filigree … [Read more...]

Glossary Of Jewellery Polishing Terms

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New to jewellery polishing? Want to learn more about the technical jargon that comes along with the jewellery manufacturing process? Use our glossary of polishing terms to get to grips with all the tools and terms related to the polishing process. Polishing The entire jewellery polishing process removes small amounts of the metal’s surface, leaving behind a smooth finish that … [Read more...]