Semi Precious Stones: Alternative Trends in Rings

Stone trends in jewellery making

When talking about stone set rings, the conversation tends to be dominated by diamonds thanks to their ever-enduring popularity but are there more precious stones worth looking into for your jewellery making? With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the many alternatives which are catching the attention of customers. After all with such a vast … [Read more...]

How To Make Byzantine Chain

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Looking for a new jewellery making technique to diversify your designs? Learning how to make byzantine chain or a byzantine weave is an excellent way of branching out into different looks that could become the basis of a new collection. Follow our step by step guide below on making byzantine chain. Once you’ve got the basics, you can then use this technique to create not … [Read more...]

Jewellery Chain Repair: Everything You Need To Know

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Repairing jewellery for your customers is often a large part of business that comes through your doors unexpectedly, and can be a good way of making some extra money alongside your jewellery designs. So it pays to know the ins and outs of jewellery chain repair. From basic repairs to soldering chain links, we’ve put together this jewellery chain repair guide so that you can … [Read more...]

How To Fire Precious Metal Clay

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Just started working with precious metal clay and unsure of the best way to finish your design? When it comes to firing metal clay there are various routes you can take. Here we’ll outline how to fire precious metal clay using simple techniques for beginners. Not ready to fire your precious metal clay just yet? Get to know PMC in more detail with our Guide To Precious Metal … [Read more...]

Craft Ideas for Children

FIMO Mermaid Kids Form and Play Polymer Clay Set

By Jo Varney We are now a good way through the school Summer holidays, and if you have exhausted the obligatory children’s entertainment that is the park, cinema, nature trail, soft play centre, beach, swimming pool, Xbox and farm parks, it might just be time to try a little bit of craft. Many of you may shy away from the mess and horror that can be created from paint, glue … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Setting Cubic Zirconia into Precious Metal Clay

By Jo Varney I recently wrote an article based on some experiments I completed, based around setting Swarovski Gemstones™ into PMC.  The results were mixed but essentially successful, however during my research I read much on the general consensus that CZs (Cubic Zirconia) are safe to set directly into precious metal clay, so I have now put this to the test. Read on … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Lori Ridgway

Creating pieces from her workshop in the Staffordshire countryside gives jewellery maker Lori Ridgway the perfect inspiration for her stunning nature influenced clay and silver designs. She told us more about her work in the following Designer of the Month interview for August 2016. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the … [Read more...]

Jewellery Tools Event Lunchtime Learning – Questions and Answers

On 25th June Cooksongold held our first ‘Lunchtime Learning’ on Facebook to celebrate our Jewellery Tools Event, which gave you the chance to ask us your Jewellery Tools related questions in a live Q&A session. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part as we had a great response, and I’m sure that we all learnt something new about Jewellery … [Read more...]

How to Create a pendant using PMC

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We gave our Cooksongold blogger, Jo Varney, a PMC Super Starter Kit to have a play with. Take a look at what she made and how she made it! Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a material made up of tiny particles of metal which is combined with water and a binding agent. The resulting clay can be manipulated using basic tools and then fired using a blowtorch or kiln. During this … [Read more...]

Copper Clay Heart Necklace

Sculpt this gorgeous copper heart pendant with our range of Creative Copper Clay! You will need: Bows mould Brass brush Creative Copper 20g Hand torch and Soldering block or Kiln Hand drill *Heat-proof container e.g. a pyrex bowl *Hot water Olive oil and olive oil dispenser Paintbrush and cup of water Picklean Sandpaper Teflon Tumbler Tweezers   Step … [Read more...]