How To Make An S Clasp With Wire

sterling silver round wire

Are you new to making your own findings? Or just haven’t had the time to make your own necklace and bracelet clasps? If you’re looking to expand on your jewellery making skills and would like to start with findings, learning how to make a wire wrapped clasp is a great place to start. Use our step by step guide below to perfect your first wire wrap clasp. Step by step guide: … [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...]

How To Make A Bezel Setting

ring with bezelled stone

When you’re just starting out as a silversmith, creating ring settings is likely the first thing on your list that you’d like to master. But where do you start? Making a bezel setting such as the one shown in the image above is a great place to begin, as it’s one of the simpler ring settings to work on and master, before you move onto the more complex process of creating … [Read more...]

What Is The Difference Between Argentium And Sterling Silver?

Argentium logo, Featuring the Winged Unicorn

What is Argentium silver? Argentium is one of a new generation of silver alloys. It was developed specifically to combat the tarnish that occurs as silver oxidises when it comes into contact with air, which is a major drawback for all who love silver. However, Argentium also boasts a whole range of other properties besides this, which help to make it an exceedingly clever … [Read more...]

Review: How To Make Hammered Wire Jewellery

By Nicola Moxey This is a gorgeous book, full of stunning full-page pictures and tutorials with carefully shown steps. It’s going to have a permanent place on my worktop, as a brilliant ideas source. I opened the book and flipped through going “Oo! I could make that!” and “Wow, what a good idea!” at almost every page, before settling down and reading it through. How To Make … [Read more...]

Top 5: Bullion

If you had to take a guess as to the most popular bullion products that we sell here at Cooksongold, what do you think they would be? Whether wire, sheet or tube, I’m sure you all have favourites of your own, but there are a few products that (despite our ever growing range) remain our top sellers come rain or shine. Take a look at our bestselling bullion favourites listed … [Read more...]

Material Focus: Platinum

Platinum is the rarest and most valuable of the three precious metals, (gold, silver and platinum). It's distinctive silver/grey colour and dense structure give it a certain gravitas which eludes most other metals, and is why it is an obvious choice for anyone wanting to achieve or obtain quality and luxury. If you add to this it's fabulous resistance to corrosion, it really is … [Read more...]

What can aluminium be used for in jewellery making?

Have you ever wondered “what can aluminium be used for?” For a breakdown guide on the uses of aluminium and how aluminium was discovered, you’re in the right place. Read on to find out more about what aluminium is made of and how anodised aluminium jewellery could be a new addition to your jewellery making repertoire. Aluminium is not a material which immediately lends … [Read more...]

Review: Wubbers Medium Bail Making Pliers

by Jo Varney ‘Wubbers.....Funny name, serious tools’ Ok, I will admit that when I first came across the ‘Wubbers’ brand I did have to do a double take. Wubbers, really? It sounds like something my three year old would talk about! However once you get past the bizarre name, what you discover is range of jewellery pliers which have been specifically designed for ‘shaping, … [Read more...]

Review: The Art of Soldering for Jewellery Makers: Techniques and Projects

by Jo Varney The Art of Soldering for Jewellery Makers: Techniques and Projects by Wing Mun Devenney I am sure I’m not alone in having my fair share of soldering disasters over the years so I was really pleased to be sent a book about the subject to review! The Art of Soldering for Jewellery Makers is a lovely modern book published only two years ago, so it is bang up to … [Read more...]