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 Resize a Ring

Ring Stretcher Reducer Pro

Inevitably when you start making jewellery, it won’t be too long before someone asks you to resize a ring and so the following information is a basic guide to ring sizing for beginners. It is intended to be used for plain rings only. Rings containing stones are best given to an expert to deal with, unless you are experienced and proficient at ring sizing as they can be fraught … [Read more...]

How to Use Different Types of Burrs

Wheel Burr

This is the final part of our guide to burrs, where we will cover some of the shapes and profiles which don’t fall directly into the stone setting category. It is worth noting however, that the way in which burrs are used is completely open to your own interpretation, so don’t feel restricted in any way by the descriptions provided here. We are simply trying to get you started … [Read more...]

A Guide to Stone Setting Burrs

Stone setting burrs

Having already discussed burr materials in the first part of this blog series, parts two and three will focus on the varying shapes of Busch burrs and the jobs that they are intended for. We will cover shapes and cuts, and try to make some sense and order out of the vast selection out there. Many burrs are primarily associated with the tasks involved with creating and … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Right Burr for Your Jewellery Design

Choosing a burr from the huge selection available is no easy task. There are shapes, sizes and materials to think about, as well as considering the purpose and metal best suited for each design. It’s not surprising that many customers are confused about burrs, and resort to decisions based on price, availability or even worse, they just give up altogether. We have put … [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...]

Review: Vallorbe Files

By Jo Varney When it comes to tools, quality will always outshine the competition and Vallorbe is one of those brands which stands head and shoulders above everybody else time after time. You always know when you have a Vallorbe product in your hand because quite simply it does what it is meant to do, and as many time served jewellers will know, this is not always the … [Read more...]

How To Use A Pulse Arc Welder

how-to-use-a-pulse-arc-welder

Technology continues to make jewellery manufacturing processes quicker, with home studios now better able than ever before to produce larger volumes of precious metal designs. The key is investment in the right pieces of kit. Revolutionising the way that we create metal designs, the pulse arc welder is the tool that is helping jewellers spend less time soldering and more time … [Read more...]

How To Use Polishing Compounds

how-to-use-polishing-compounds

Polishing precious metal jewellery pieces requires a little knowledge about different types of polishing compounds and buffing tools, and even more practice in order to get the technique just right. But, with some basic know-how and the supplies you’ll need to create a professional finish, the process will soon become second nature. Here’s what you need to know to get … [Read more...]

Professional Tools Focus: Durston

W Durston Ltd is a leading British manufacturer of quality tools to the jewellery industry. Their original area of focus was rolling mills, but more recently they have expanded the range to include more forming tools such as disc cutters and dapping sets, along with more general purpose items such as benches and pegs which have proved to be extremely popular here at … [Read more...]