Tutorials by K S Jewellery Designs

Tutorials by K S Jewellery Designs
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Monday, 27 April 2009

We have a winner!

I have just done the draw to find a winner for my Spiral Loop Circular Pendant and the winning name pulled out of my pot was BeadyPool. Congratulations to you (please can you contact me and send me your details).

Thank you to everyone else who entered and for your feedback on my jewellery, I really do appreciate it. I will be doing another blog giveaway next month so please stop by my blog again soon.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Kookie Designs giveaway

Here is another fantastic blog giveaway I just have to tell you about. Mel Poxon of Kookie Designs is offering to give away this really pretty pink ribbon heart pendant. Follow this link for more details: http://kookiedesigns.blogspot.com/2009/04/kookie-give-away.html

Mel has just updated her Kookie Designs website and I recommend you take a look at the beauties on offer. She has an assortment of gorgeous jewellery for sale at very reasonable prices.

Florals anyone? Etsy treasury by Kathleen Krucoff

Check out Kathleen Krucoff’s latest Etsy treasury called ‘Florals anyone?’. She has an eye for nature and has selected some beautiful floral themed items for sale on Etsy. She has very kindly included my own ‘Multi-Gemstone and Fine Silver Daisy Pendant Necklace’ (top middle).

Kathleen is a talented glass artist and jewellery designer. Go to her blog ‘Reflections of a Glass Artist’ to see some of her beautiful work. In her blog posts she often shares her processes and shows you the stages she goes through to produce her wonderful pieces.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Murano Silver - great giveaway

Nic from Murano Silver creates beautiful and unique jewellery and is doing a superb blog giveaway with an amazing 3 choices of prizes.

Follow this link: http://muranosilver.blogspot.com/2009/04/blog-giveaway-for-england-st-george.html to see details.

Hooray - I'm a winner! Kanna Glass Studios

Yay, I won a blog giveaway and I am delighted. Here are the beautiful beads I won from Jenn at Kanna Glass Studios.

I am SO lucky - they look fantastic in her picture. This is what Jenn says about the beads:

"this is a really nice set of 18 (yes, eighteen) small beads. They range in size from 7-9mm by 4-5 mm. Kiwi is a delightful bright, green transparent. It fooled me the first time I used it because it's transparent sheathed in opaque. But that combo creates the above deliciously swirled green beadberries. There are enough to create a beautiful necklace and earrings...and if you space them just right you could stretch the beads into a bracelet as well!

Quality assurance: These are my first-rate beads! I quality check them to make sure they are well-balanced, have proper dimples, are round, and no smokey or scummed glass. I spin them, touch them, and look at them carefully. Any that don't past muster are sent to the seconds jar. I also guarantee my beads...if any don't pass your muster, I will fix it!"

Jenn has recently launched her own website at http://www.kannaglassstudios.com/ which has links to her blog , her Artfire shop and her Flickr pages where you can see some of her beautiful handmade lampwork beads and the lovely pieces of jewellery she has made using her designs. (I only hope I can do her beads justice when I receive them).

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Blog giveaway - Spiral Loop Circular Pendant

This Sterling Silver Spiral Loop Circular Pendant is the latest piece from my developing 'Spiral Loop' range of jewellery...

... and here is your chance to win it in my second blog giveaway.

All you need to do is take a look at my Etsy store and leave a comment below this post to tell me which is your favourite item. I will randomly draw the winner's name from my pot a week from today (that's Monday 27th April) and post it on my blog. Please remember to check back to see if you won.
If you want to double your chances of winning - please put a post on your blog about my giveaway (send me a link to your post) and I will put your name in twice.

Good luck
Kristin :)

Spiral Loop Chandelier Earrings and more...

Well, finally the weather was kind to me and I was able to find some time to photograph my latest earrings.

Firstly, here are my Spiral Loop Chandelier Earwires with some gemstone dangles (beautiful amethyst faceted drops paired with rubellite garnet). I was very tempted to keep these but have decided to put them up for sale in my Etsy and Folksy (please click the photo for a direct link to the Etsy listing).
The second pair of earrings feature some unusual octagon shaped faceted lilac amethyst beads. The beads aren't perfect with some natural inclusions and slight flaws but I still think they look fab.

And lastly, some more earrings from my range I am calling 'Spiral Adorned'. These earrings are made from some stunning glossy vibrant blue agate coin beads adorned with spirals. (My husband said the beads looked liked blue Smarties but the old type before they stopped using all those E numbers in the colouring!). These earrings are also for sale in my Etsy and Folksy shops.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Wire Flowers tutorial now for sale on Etsy

I have been overwhelmed with how many downloads my 'Wire Flowers' tutorial has had so far on JewelryLessons. It has certainly been worth the time and effort it took to produce it.

It is now also for sale in my Etsy shop.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Trial and error... and then success! Spiral Loop Chandelier Earwires

Following my Spiral Loop Earwires, I decided I wanted to develop that design further. Here are my Spiral Loop Chandelier Earwires just waiting for some gemstone dangles. I will post pictures later when I have added some beads.

These earwires were the product of many attempts made out of silver plated wire. I am so glad I tried the design out on the cheaper wire first because, as you can see from the picture below, it took quite a while to get the design just right!

Throughout my trials and errors, I realised that tools marks are a real issue with this design as shown on my little chandelier pendant below. This will need more work with my sanding pads and back in the tumbler again.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Wire Flowers - my first tutorial!

My first tutorial of my Wire Flowers has been published by JewelryLessons.com. Hopefully it will have lots of sales, we shall just have to see. It took quite a long time to create (16 pages, 37 steps, 40+ pictures) but I did enjoy the process.

If you would like to purchase the tutorial please click on the picture to take you to Jewelry Lessons or follow this link: http://www.jewelrylessons.com/tutorial/wire-flowers-4-variations

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Green green green - my first Etsy Treasury

I woke up this morning to spring rain which is a bit of a shame as we have been having some beautiful sunny days recently. However, when I looked out of my window I was blown away by all the different shades of green I could see. So when I managed to get my first ever Etsy Treasury and had to choose a title, the first thing that came into my head was 'Green green green'. Not the most inspiring title I know but I have selected some beautiful items.
Click on the picture or this link: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=51267 to view the items.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Spiral Loop Earwires

I just can't stay away from spirals and wanted to show you my latest design - my 'Spiral Loop Earwires'. They are so versatile as you can make up different dangles and slide them on and off the earwires really easily. Here are three variations.

These are my medium-sized earwires which are designed so the spiral sits on the earlobe
(a bit like studded earrings).

These ones are a little smaller and more dainty.

And these ones hang from the earlobe.

I took most of the above pictures a couple of evenings ago in the garden as the sun was going down and it was like a bit of magic had happened with the light.

Some of these earrings are now for sale in my Etsy and Folksy shops.