Designer of the Month: Samuel Phillips

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With a background in blacksmithing, jewellery maker Samuel now uses a lot of traditional silversmithing techniques in his work, along with casting and forging, to make a range of simple yet stunning designs. Discover where he gets the inspiration for his pieces from and more in the following interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

How To Melt Silver To Make Jewellery

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Melting silver is an easy process once you get to know the fundamental principles of the metal’s melting points. Commonly used by many jewellers due to its lower melting point, silver is a great place to start when learning how to melt metal to make more complex jewellery designs, and graduate to more difficult soldering techniques. Use our beginner’s guide on the art of … [Read more...]

Recent Jewellery and Metal Trends

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Like all trends, metal trends come and go and often move in cycles when tracked over a significant period of time. There are many different factors which can affect what is popular at any one time, however, the bottom line remains – what products are selling best and that always makes for interesting reading. Take engagement rings for example. There was a very clear shift … [Read more...]

How to Prevent and Remove Metal Tarnish

Anti-Tarnish Static Intercept Non-abrasive Tabs

Unsightly metal tarnish is one of those annoying and persistent problems which can become the bane of a jeweller’s life if not addressed correctly. Fortunately, there are many products on the market today which will effectively help with removing and preventing metal tarnish on jewellery, and alleviate the development of the dreaded black bloom. So what is metal … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Karen J Ward

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Jeweller Karen J Ward uses a range of traditional techniques when making her jewellery pieces, such as chasing and repoussé, texturing and stone setting. Read on to learn more about her varying design style, the tools and materials she favours and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making industry. When I … [Read more...]

How To Make Silver Stacking Rings

a beaded stacking ring, with bezel and cabochon gemstones set

Stacking rings are a great piece of jewellery to master when you’re just starting out. With their versatility and adaptability, and the fact that they seem to be more popular than ever, learning how to make silver stacking rings will stand you in good stead to learn some basic jewellery making techniques such as filing, soldering and polishing. Here’s how to make silver … [Read more...]

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! Cooksongold has recently introduced a selection of beaded wire and beaded rings, which 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 … [Read more...]