Make a Art Clay Silver Leaf Pendant

We partnered with Emma Seward, a budding jeweller and gardener, to create this Art Clay Silver Leaf Pendant tutorial. The piece clearly shows how Emma loves to create pieces that combine these two loves. Read on to see her step-by-step guide: Materials and Tools list  Art Clay Silver 10g paste  Silver embeddable bail Ultra Polishing Pads Pack of 20 Emery Stick … [Read more...]

Book Review: Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads

Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads By Mortira Natasha vanPelt

By Jo Varney Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads By Mortira Natasha vanPelt Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads is essentially a beading guide produced by the popular craft publisher Search Press. It is perhaps a little different to others you may have encountered in that the premise is based solely on the Ancient Worlds of Egypt, Greece and Rome. The idea being to forge a link between … [Read more...]

Book Review: Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths

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By Jo Varney Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths - 999 A190 This is a quiet and unassuming paperback book which could go unnoticed quite easily if you weren’t looking out for it. It isn’t flashy or attention grabbing and contains no unnecessary, lengthy descriptions where they are not needed. Instead, this little book is chock full of fabulous jewellery … [Read more...]

Jewellers Workbench Comparison: Part Two

Durston Workbench

Durston Jewellers Student Workbench Pro - 999 7219 There are many factors to consider when purchasing a work bench. Previously in Part 1, we looked at budget, size, height and storage. In part 2 we will go on to focus on bench pegs, comfort features, construction and scrap which are all things to think about when contemplating a new bench. A bench peg/pin is your main … [Read more...]

Jewellers Workbench Comparison: Part 1

Durston Jewellers Workbench

A good workbench can last a lifetime so there are many considerations to take into account when choosing such a vital piece of equipment. Unfortunately budget is undoubtedly at the top of most people’s lists when it comes to what can be a considerable purchase. Fortunately Cooksongold cater for all budgets and our range starts at a reasonable £186 (Folding Jewellers Bench - 997 … [Read more...]

How to Solder Chain

How to Solder Chain

Soldering chain links is a fiddly business. But there are some techniques you can use to make sure that you’re getting it right each time. Use our step by step guide below to help you learn how to solder silver chain and gold chain using some basic principles. Soldering chain links: What are you up against? Whether a large part of your business is jewellery chain repair or … [Read more...]

Brand Focus: Busch Burrs for Jewellery Making

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Busch are a German company based in Engelskirchen, originally founded in 1905 by two brothers Erich Busch and Ernst R Busch. Busch jewellery tools Busch's original aim was to provide better quality, precision tools to the dental industry which was still in its infancy at the time. However, as production increased and their success grew, they found that their new … [Read more...]

Top Wax Carving Tools For Beginners and Professionals

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The beauty of carving wax for casting is that you can start with as little or as many wax sculpting tools as you like, and still create something that is unique and completely handcrafted. Once you’ve meticulously shaped and filed a block of wax into the beginnings of a jewellery design, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing your designs take shape in the casting … [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...]