Tutorials by K S Jewellery Designs

Tutorials by K S Jewellery Designs
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Friday, 23 January 2015

Labradorite Decorative Headdress Pendant

Labradorite Decorative Headdress Sterling Silver
Often my jewellery designs are inspired by nature or my interpretation of nature where I simplify shapes and lines I see.  Other times my jewellery designs are created by playing around with and putting together wire shapes.  The design for this Labradorite Decorative Headdress Pendant was inspired by a painting I saw on Facebook by Sarah Travis of Sarah Travis Art, Design and Illustration entitled Indian Summer.

Focussing on some of the shapes within Sarah's painting, I made some initial sketches thinking about different shaped cabochons.  Then I chose a labradorite teardrop cabochon from my materials stock and created a design based on the shape of that cabochon.
Next I made a bezel setting for the cabochon and created some decorative embellishments with handmade silver balls and hammered wire loop shapes.  I had to change the design a little at this stage as I had to take into consideration how I would attach the wire shapes to the bezel setting. I discovered I was able to solder beaded wire on to the top of hammered wire and am looking forward to using this technique in future designs.

Whilst I was creating the pendant, I decided to add some beaded wire around the lower part of the bezel setting.


I really enjoyed designing and making this pendant and am already pondering over variations using different shaped cabochons.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

K S Jewellery Designs Giveaway on Facebook

Happy New Year to one and all!  After a very busy Christmas and New Year and slow recovery from severe back pain caused by poor posture at my workbench (tut, tut!), I am happy to announce my first giveaway of 2015. 


I made this ring yesterday and it is based on my 'Rustic Blossom' design that I have used to make stud earrings but wanted to extend the design to other pieces of jewellery.  On my Facebook page, I am giving people a chance to win this ring (made to their size).

To enter please follow this like to the giveaway post: