Tutorials by K S Jewellery Designs

Tutorials by K S Jewellery Designs
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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

First try at sawing and soldering!

On Saturday I attended a course at my local adult education centre entitled 'Make a pendant in a day'.  Here is the result of my efforts!

We were all handed a 4cm square of sterling silver and invited to create a pendant from it using our own choice of method which the teacher was on hand to give advice (sawing, drilling, texturing, sanding, soldering, etc.).  I decided to challenge myself and learn some new techniques.  I learnt how to saw and was introduced to some soldering techniques. As you can see, I still have a long way to go on my learning journey but I did feel like I came away with some knowledge.

It didn't help that we ran out of time and my pendant didn't get to stay in the pickle long enough for all the black to come off from in between the leaves.  I had also wanted to add some definition to the leaves before soldering but time escaped me for that as well. 

What I have to decide now is what I should do next in this adventure.  Advice from others will be gratefully received.  Should I go ahead and buy some soldering equipment and try and learn from my mistakes?  Or should I research further courses?

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Garnet Square Blossom Earrings

Garnet Square Blossom Sterling Silver Earrings

I started making these Square Blossom earrings a while ago but was unhappy with how I had originally attached the little faceted beads to the centre of the square blossom shape. Then yesterday, as I was sorting through my desk, I remembered my collection of ready-made findings I bought many years ago. I found these coiled spacers to be a perfect setting for the little gemstone beads.  I have decided to hold on to these for a while as I might write a tutorial on their design.  After that, I’ll put them up for sale in my online shops.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Garnet & Rhodolite Garnet Swirl Frame Earrings

Just listed these earrings in my Etsy shop:

Garnet & Rhodolite Garnet Sterling Silver Swirl Frame Earrings

Monday, 11 March 2013

Another pair of earrings in eBay auction

These earrings are also up for auction. Beautiful puffed marquis beads of citrine teamed with delicate yellow scapolite beads swing from handmade all-in-one textured circle earwires.


Friday, 8 March 2013

eBay auctions

I have decided to auction some of my existing stock of older designs on eBay to make way for new designs.  Some of the jewellery I will be listing was made some time ago when I sold at craft fairs and needed some extra stock to fill my table.  I no longer have the time to sell my jewellery at fairs, so I decided it was time for a little clearout.  All of my auctions start at 99p so there is a chance for someone to get a bargain!

Here are the first pieces of jewellery I listed today with links to the eBay listings.  They are from my 'Coiled Briolette' range of earrings and I have four different versions for sale (Pink Amethyst, Carnelion, Rose Quartz and Crystal Quartz).