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 Use Gallery Strip

cabochon gemstone ring

Looking for ways to use gallery strip in your handmade jewellery projects? Decorative gallery strip, otherwise known as gallery wire, is perfect for a variety of applications and can be easily transformed into a number of jewellery pieces. From using it to add a simple detail to a design to creating an eye-catching ring, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate gallery … [Read more...]

What Is Solder Paste? And How Do You Use It?

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Heard of solder paste syringes? But not sure how to use them? Read our guide to solder paste below and learn more about the advantages of solder paste and when you should use it. What is solder paste? Solder paste is a mixture of metal solder powder and flux – the two elements required to successfully solder together two pieces of metal. Much like any other form of solder, … [Read more...]

How To Solder Silver To Copper

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Do you work primarily with copper sheet? If copper is the metal of choice for your jewellery designs, and you’re searching for a new approach, why not incorporate silver? Bringing together copper and silver sheet can make your design stand out, with contrasting colours and textures that will set you apart from other designers. Here’s our beginners’ guide on how to solder … [Read more...]

Books Perfect for Jewellery Makers This Christmas

Metal Patination Techniques For Jewellers and Metalsmiths by Matthew Runfola

A good book to read over the Christmas break can take many forms. Maybe you like comedy, period dramas or perhaps a bit of crime fiction? If you or a jeweller you know prefers to take a more factual approach on the other hand, our non-fiction jewellery making books might just be what you are looking for. We stock a wide selection of texts, covering a broad range of creative … [Read more...]

Brand Focus: Dremel

Dremel hand torch

Dremel is one of the more widely recognised brands of jewellery tools stocked here at Cooksongold, as they are well known for their rotary drills and accessories which can perform a wide variety of jewellery making tasks. Dremel produced their first rotary drill in 1934, and today still produce one of the widest ranges of hand drills on the market. Now owned by the Robert … [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...]

How To Make Bangles With the Durston Bangle Maker

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There’s nothing better than discovering a jewellery making tool that helps speed up manufacturing and refines your designs. The Durston bangle maker (also known as the Durston forming die set) is one of those tools! It’s a great investment for those who spend a lot of time using hammers to shape precious metal bangles accurately. Not sure how to make bangles with the Durston … [Read more...]

How To Make A Cabochon Ring

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If you’re new to jewellery making and looking for a simple piece to get started with, look no further than a bezel set cabochon ring. You can experiment with different shaped and coloured cabochons to achieve the look you want. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide outlining how to make a cabochon ring, from the tools and materials you’ll need to the art of cabochon stone … [Read more...]

Ring Sizing Guide For Jewellers

Ring Measurement Chart

You may have already gotten to grips with the art of cutting and filing to produce a beautifully handcrafted precious metal ring, but have you mastered the art of how to size a ring? Or how to make a ring fit tighter or looser for your customers? The art of resizing rings takes some time to master, but as it’s likely to form a large part of your business as a jewellery maker, … [Read more...]