Tutorials by K S Jewellery Designs

Tutorials by K S Jewellery Designs
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Saturday, 31 October 2009

Earrings on a budget - Duo Earrings

Preparing for my recent table sales and up coming Christmas fairs, I have made some lower priced earrings. I have them displayed on a stand I call 'Pick 'n' Mix Earrings' and offer reduced prices for buying 2 pairs or 3 pairs together. The idea of this stand is to draw the attention of customers to my stall and hopefully they might browse around my other jewellery.

Here are 3 of those earrings which I am called my 'Duo Earrings' (Amethyst Duo, Rose Quartz Duo and Kyanite Duo) which I have now listed in my Folksy shop.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Autumn Walks & Carnelian Wire Flower Necklace

We are having a beautiful autumn in the south of England at the moment with some fantastic weather this week, which is just perfect for those lucky ones on half term holidays. I love walking in the local countryside at the best of times but autumn walks have to be my favourite just for the sheer beauty of all the different colours on show.

I also love the beautiful shades that carnelian comes in, from light shades of orange to deep russet red - a true autumnal gemstone. Here I have adapted my 'Wire Flowers' design to create this double petal flower with wrapped and coiled gemstones around the central bead.

As usual, you can find this necklace on sale in my Etsy and Folksy shops.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Jewelry Lessons - front page feature and my tutorials at sale price

I'm feeling dead chuffed today. For international readers, 'chuffed' is an English expression for feeling pleased and gratified. I don't know how the word originated... anyway, I digress!... I switched on my computer this morning and logged on to my usual sites and there on the front page of Jewelry Lessons is a feature on my Coiled Jewels tutorial... there it is halfway down, under the heading 'RECOMMENDATION'. It doesn't get much better than that!

The other good news is that following my Weekend Sale on Etsy, I have now put both of my tutorials at a SALE price on Jewelry Lessons - click on the pictures below to be taken direct to their page.

Whilst you're there, take some time to have a look around the Jewelry Lessons site. There are some great articles, a Q&A section, a huge gallery of jewellery pieces and lots of tutorials for sale by some very talented jewellery artists - just what you might be needing to inspire your next creation.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

The Collective Charity Auction

This week I donated a pair of my 'Fine Silver Flower Textured Disc Earrings' to The Collective charity auction. Every penny bid will go directly to the 2 chosen charities Headway and Royal Free Hospital Kidney Patients Association.

There are some amazing auction lots available with jewellery from Beady Pool, Beverley Hicklin, Kookie Designs, Ray Skene, KS Jewellery Designs, Flame and Glass and Kebo Jewellery, as well as beads from: Laura Sparling, Tina Scott, Emma Ralph, Moogin, Cheeky Cherubs and Pixie Willow Designs. There are also 2 sets of Mini Moo business card that the lovely Moo people have donated.

Please do take a look at the Charity Auction page to see the details of each lot to bid on. The auction closes on Monday November 2nd at 8:30pm GMT.

Friday, 23 October 2009

The Weekend Starts Here! - 15% off Everything in my Etsy Shop

I'm in a good mood.... I have just got home from work and, as far as I'm concerned,.... THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE!

I have decided to have a SALE in my Etsy shop giving everyone 15% off everything in my shop (jewellery and tutorials). Please purchase and pay as normal by PayPal and I will refund you 15% of the original price of the item (shipping remains the same).

The sale begins NOW! (Friday 23rd October) and will end at midnight on Sunday 25th October (UK time).

So... if there's anything you've had your eye on for a while, now's the time to buy.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Orange Littles - blog giveaway winner's choice

Carol Ann (one of my latest blog giveaway winners) told me her favourite colour was orange. Here are her custom made pair of my Littles Earrings with shades of carnelian.

This pair is winging their way to her as I type (although a UK postal strike has just been announced!). I have also listed these earrings in my Etsy and Folksy shops as a 'made to order' item. I will, of course, take custom orders if you have a different colour in mind - just ask!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Colour Me Happy - Multi-gemstone Woven Circle Pendant

I'm busy, busy, busy with 2 commissioned orders for lovely customers and making the Littles Earrings for my blog giveaway winners from last week, but thought I would do a quick post about this colourful pendant I made in preparation for my table sale last Saturday (it was pretty disasterous to be honest - 4 sales, 1 commission but I managed to cover my costs with a little extra - anyway, enough said, move on!!!).

I have called this multi-gemstone pendant Colour Me Happy. I'm sure I'm not the first designer to use that name in memory of Julia Roberts' outburst in 'Pretty Woman' but it just suits it and suits my mood at the moment. I have decided that when I have finished my current projects.... next week I am going to go CRAZY WITH COLOUR!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Blog giveaway - not one but TWO winners!

I have been blown away by the reponse to my latest blog giveaway which resulted in 78 entries (including all the extra entries given for being a follower or blogging about my giveaway). My usual little pot couldn't cope with all the pieces of paper, so I had to find a bigger receptacle before I could do the draw.

I am so grateful for all the lovely feedback and the extra exposure I got from this giveaway that I have decided to have TWO winners.

The two names out the box were: 'Carol Anne' and 'Lazy Daisy Glass'. Congratulations to these two readers - please could you contact me (using the E-mail link top right) and you will each get a custom made pair of my 'Littles' earrings in the colours of your choice.

Thank you to everyone for entering. I shall be having another giveaway next month.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

New Tutorial – COILED JEWELS (Pendant, Earrings & Bangles) – reduced price for readers of my blog

Phew, my second tutorial is finally finished and up for sale on Etsy and Jewelry Lessons for $8.00. This step-by-step tutorial has detailed instructions (150 steps with 150 close-up photographs) for 3 jewellery projects: pendant, earrings and bangle.

Firstly it shows you how to create a COILED JEWEL PENDANT, including clear instructions on shaping and hammering wire, creating spirals and wrapping and coiling techniques. Using the same techniques, the lesson goes on to show you how to create COILED JEWEL EARRINGS and a COILED JEWEL BANGLE with suggested variations.

The ‘coiled jewel’ design is very versatile and can be used in many jewellery making projects. The techniques you learn from this tutorial can also be easily adapted to different shaped pendants, earrings and bangles. (Please click the photo for more details.)

********* SPECIAL OFFER 25% OFF *********
For the next 2 weeks (until 21st October),
readers of my blog can buy this tutorial direct
from me for a reduced price of only $6.00.

If you would like a copy of my new tutorial, please contact me via the E-mail link at top right of my blog and I will invoice you via PayPal. I will send you the tutorial in PDF format via e-mail within 24 hours of your PayPal payment clearing.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Time for a blog giveaway – Littles Earrings

Listed in my Folksy and Etsy shops today are some new earrings I have just made:

It’s been a while, so I thought it was time for me to do another blog giveaway. Here is your chance to get hold of a CUSTOM MADE pair of my ‘Littles’ earrings in your favourite colour (I have a variety of different gemstones, so hopefully I can find some colours that suit you).


Q. What do I have to do?
A. Leave your details and a comment here telling me your favourite colour or which colour you would choose for your custom made Littles earrings and your name will go in my pot.

Q. Can I DOUBLE my chances to win?
A. Yes, be a ‘Follower’ of my blog and I will put your name in again.

Q. Can I TRIPLE my chances to win?
A. Yes, blog about this giveaway on your blog and I will put your name in again.

Q. When will I know if I’ve won?
A. I will be pulling a name out of my pot on Monday 12th October and the name of the winner will be announced on my blog. Please remember to check back to see it it’s you.

Best of luck
Kristin :)