Monday, 10 September 2012

Lucky news!

Occasionally, I enter the odd competition or buy the rare lottery ticket, but I very rarely ever win. I’m sure many of you can relate.

Much to my amazement and delight, I got an email from Cookson Gold saying I’d won their August Shopping Spree competition from their new magazine! The prize was a hefty £200 worth of products from their website which I had the luxury of choosing!

Obviously, I was ecstatic at the thought of free Cookson goodies – amazing to get a good boost to my small-but-growing workshop and treat myself to some things I wouldn’t normally have the money to get. 

Cookson Gold competition prize
Cheesy shot of me with my winnings by my workbench

Choosing what to get in my ‘spree’

I was in a bit of a quandary trying to decide exactly what to get, and the right balance of bullion to tools. Did I splash it all on one big item on my wishlist, like a rolling mill? Or did I spend it all on silver sheet and wire, to shore up raw materials before Christmas? Or did I buy lots of little things to try and make the prize as big as possible?

I ended up with a bit of a mixture – decided to buy some tools, some silver and some little things. I’m especially happy with my new Knew piercing saw and Vallorbe swiss needle file set – I own cheap versions of both these and being able to upgrade for free to the best versions makes a huge difference, especially as I use both these tools on every piece. 

(I guess this is where all the advice about buying the best tools you can afford really rings true. I find the reality usually is, you can only afford basic because you need so many tools to start off with)

My prize...

Cookson Gold prize parcel box
So exciting - like Christmas!
Opening Cookson Gold prize box...
Lots of packaging inside the box...
Cookson Gold prize
Yay, goodies! Tools at the top, silver at the bottom
So, I got...
- Knew Concept saw
- Saw blades
- Vallorbe 6 needle file set
- 7 hole disc cutter
- 1.5mm letter punches
- Solder cutting pliers
- Iron binding wire
- Silver sheet in 0.5mm and 1mm
- Loose belcher chain
- Silver wire - selection of square and round

Thank you very much, Cookson!!


  1. Congratulations wishing you many happy hours of creating

  2. Am I allowed to say that I'm really envious? My jewellery making is at the beading level but, although making necklaces and earrings that people want to wear gives me a huge thrill, I really want to work silver. Lots of silver. In all shapes and sizes.

    I am building my tool kit and when the opportunity arises I will get some training but that is some distance down the road.

    Despite the envy I wish you many happy and fulfilling hours and enough appreciation for your efforts to support your work in the future.

    I look forward to reading more.

  3. Big congratulations on winning! I would have had the same dilemma should I have won - buy just one thing (like you, I'd have been very tempted by a rolling mill) or lots of smaller items, including the holy grail of good quality tools!

    I'm so pleased you're pleased with what you received - thanks for including the photos of the parcel and hope you have many productive hours with your goodies :-)

  4. How fantastic! Congratulations :) I'm sure you'll have great fun playing with it all. I love piercework and the knew saws are so so pretty. Enjoy! Looking forward to hearing more about what you get up to with this lot.


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