Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Create beautiful gemstone earrings for under £5!

Create beautiful sterling silver and gemstone earrings for under £5!

 

  • Sterling Silver EarringsSterling Silver Earrings All you need to do to get started with making these beautiful gemstone and sterling silver earrings is choose our sterling silver earring settings for 4mm half drilled beads. These settings for 4mm beads are just £2.10 per pair!
  • Choose your half drilled beadsChoose your half drilled beads Once you've got your earring backs you can choose from a whole host of our half drilled gemstone beads to glue onto the settings. Whether you prefer vibrant amethyst, nephrite jade, lapis lazuli, turquouise or many more choose from our 4mm half drilled beads, add a dab of glue and secure onto the earrings! Prices start at just15p per bead.
  • The perfect glue...The perfect glue... If you haven't already got some Devcon epoxy glue at home then what are you waiting for? This fantastic glue is our most recommended glue for securing stones into place on settings as it doesn't wear away with water as super glue does. A tube of this great, easy to use glue will last you ages and can be used around the home as well as for all your jewellery needs!
  • Gorgeous AmethystGorgeous Amethyst We love these half drilled amethyst beads used with these settings, they're sure to brighten up any outfit! this pair cost £4.96 to make!
  • Lovely Carnelian...Lovely Carnelian... These lovely half drilled carnelian beads are a great colour for an autumnal outfit, and cost just £2.54 to make!
  • Vibrant Turquoise...Vibrant Turquoise... These vibrant half drilled turquoise beads look great transformed into earstuds and cost just £3.42 to make!
  • Get the technique..Get the technique..Click here to follow our instructions for adding half drilled beads to these

Autumnal Inspired Earrings!

When we were asked by Beads and Beyond magazine to come up with some autumn inspired earrings for their October issue we created these lovely earring combining the gorgeous autumnal tones of carnelian, pyrite and brass. Follow these simple steps and with a little bit of wire work you can create these briolette earrings for yourself!
These gorgeous brass earrings were inspired by Bollywood, using the rich tones of Carnelian and Pyrite to add some glamour. They’re so simple to make, taking less than 30 minutes but are sure to add some sparkle to an autumnal outfit.



Gather these supplies
• 6 Pyrite Briolette beads
• 2 Carnelian Briolette beads
• 1 Pair Gilt plated earwires
• 26cm 1mm Brass wire
• 80cm 0.4mm Brass wire
• 2 Small gilt plated jump rings
Ball Pein hammer
Steel block
Pliers

Here’s how
1. Cut a 13cm length of 1mm brass wire and using the tips of the round nose pliers bend a small loop at one end of the wire and a slightly larger loop at the other end.

2. Using the round nose pliers bend the wire into a circle so that the two ends meet, don’t worry about it being a perfect circle.

3. Bend the wire 90 degrees just underneath the smaller loop (later you will attach a jump ring to these loops). Twist the larger loop open and put the small loop in here before closing this will create a complete hoop earring.

4. Place these loops on a steel block and using you ball pein hammer, hammer them flat, hammering some parts of the loop harder than others to create the interesting uneven shape. Carefully hammer the small loop at the top to flatten it. Polish to a high shine using a silver cloth.

5. Attach each of your loop to the earwires.

6. Using your 0.4mm brass wire, wire wrap each of your carnelian briolette beads. Cut a length of wire around 10cm long, thread this through the briolette bead, then pinch these together at the top of the bead, Cut the end of one side of wire so it is around 2-3mm above the bead.

7. Using round nose pliers, bend the long end of the wire at a right angle and then around the pliers to create a loop.

8. Using snipe nose pliers hold this loop and wrap the rest of the wire around the stem of the wires. When you feel like you have done this enough to secure, trim the end and squeeze with your pliers to secure.

9. Attach each of these carnelian beads to the small loop at the top of the earring component using a jump ring.

10. Wire wrap each of the pyrite briolettes straight on to the bottom of the loop earring components, using the same method as above you will need to attach three at the bottom of each loop.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

The latest additions in metal clay...

Here at Kernowcraft, we are always trying to expand our product range with the latest new products for jewellery making. This week sees the very exciting introduction of PMC Sterling and Art Clay Copper to our range of metal clays.
We absolutely love the possibilities that metal clay creates, whether you want to create beautiful textures, unusual shapes or a whole host of jewellery designs from bangles to pendants and rings, it really has opened up the world of working with metal to so many people. No longer is there the need for complicated silversmithing techniques that can take years to perfect, you can work this malleable clay just as you would with any other clays and create beautiful jewellery pieces with just a few basic tools.

It's finally here....PMC Sterling!
We know that you love metal clay just as much as us, so we are always looking for new and exciting products to introduce to you, and we just couldn't contain ourselves when we stumbled across PMC Sterling. This fantastic new clay transforms to 925 hallmarkable sterling silver once fired, so you can sell your designs as sterling silver! This clay can be worked on as normal metal clay, however it has to be fired in a kiln using a two step firing process. We are very excited to be one of the first companies to stock this exciting new clay!


Perfect for those on a budget...Art Clay Copper!
With the increasing price of metal clay, we thought it would be great to offer you a cheaper metal clay alternative. So we are now excited to be selling Art Clay Copper! This fantastic clay can be moulded, shaped and textured as you can with other metal clays and can be fired in a kiln or by torch (instructions for torch firing are here) It transforms into beautiful, rich coloured copper when fired. At just £16.95 for a 50g pack, it will allow you to create a beautiful range of designs at a fraction of the cost of silver clay.
For our full range of metal clays and metal clay accessories click here.

One stylish ring...so many looks!

We just love the latest addition to our silver plated settings range! This funky ring costs just £4.65 and can be customised with a huge variety of beautiful gemstones in a whole host of.... so you can get a truly personal piece at a great price! Best of all this ring is adjustable so you can make them for lovely presents or for craft fairs without the need to worry about sizing.
These rings hold two 5mm round cabochons, one 6mm round cabochon and one 8mm round cabochon. All you need to do is choose your stones and use a dab of Devcon epoxy glue to secure into place.
So here's some inspiration for this gorgeous ring, take a look and be inspired!

Protect your hands the easy way!

If you're anything like us when you're silversmithing and end up with file marks on your nails, sore fingers or even mild burns then you'll love our fantastic new alligator skin tape!
Alligator skin tape is a brilliantly clever tape that is designed to protect your fingers from minor cuts, abrasions and burns, so there's no more need for sore fingers after you've finished one of your silvermithing projects!
As we're all a little prone to filing grooves in our nails or burning our fingers a little here at Kernowcraft, as soon as it arrived in our office we were all excited to have a go with it and see if it really works. We have to admit we were a little sceptical, how can a tape possibly be strong enough to protect your fingers from cuts? But after we all had a go with it in our own workshops we couldn't believe how well it protects fingers, it's definitely going to become a staple in our workshops, especially when we're working on smaller and more intricate designs.
This tape is self-adhesive and sticks to itself rather than your skin meaning that there is no sticky residue left on your skin when you remove it (unlike a plaster!) All you need to do is wrap the clever tape around your fingers to cover the area you want to protect and get started on your silversmithing projects. Although you'll look a little 'green fingered' the fantastic tape protects your fingers without restricting your movement, so you can get on with small and fiddly jewellery projects with ease.
We love it when we discover a new product that really works and we're sure that alligator skin tape will become a workshop essential for you as well, how did our fingers ever survive before?!


Easy to set settings...so easy you can even use a spoon!



We are really excited to stock these gorgeous new settings for cabochon stones. The best thing about them (aside from the pretty design) is that they are really easy to set. If you are a beginner to the world of jewellery making, don't worry, these are ideal for those with no previous experience at all and you will get a great professional finish. They are available in either sterling silver or brass, two very popular metals, giving you the option of silver or a gold coloured finish at a much cheaper price than 9ct gold.

What tools do I need?

Usually for setting stones, you will need a selection of tools; however for these fantastic gallery wire settings all you will need is a bezel rocker to push over the claws neatly. This is the ideal tool to use and if you are going to progress to any other types of stone setting it will be an essential bit of kit for your workshop. If however you don't have one and don't want the extra expense of buying one yet (they are only £13.20) you can actually use a makeshift tool that you will definitely have at home already: a stainless steel teaspoon!
To set the stone all you have to do is carefully push the claws down over the stone to keep it securely in place. Working your way around the stone, push the claws down gradually from opposite sides, so that the stone stays central.

What if the stone doesn't have a high dome and sits too low in the setting?

If you are using a fairly shallow stone and would prefer it to sit up a bit higher in the setting, you can make a simple adjustment as you would with any other setting. Simply cut a length of round wire, make a loop and sit this inside the setting so that the stone sits on top of it. This will raise the stone up a bit to give you the look you want.

To view or buy these lovely new gallery wire settings, click here.

Beautiful Briolette Bead Inspiration

Gemstone briolette beads are just perfect for adding to earring drops, their beautiful sparkle really lends itself to earring designs, whether you create a beautiful beaded design or add them to metal designs, there are so many possibilities for these beautiful beads.


  • Green Onyx and Green Amethyst Earrings Green Onyx and Green Amethyst Earrings
  • These vibrant green onyx and green amethyst earrings are so eye catching! We wire wrapped four green onyx briolette beads per earring and added them to a short length of SN2 silver chain using small jump rings. We then wire wrapped a green amethyst briolette bead for each earring and added them to the end of the chain using a jump ring to give a nice neat finish to the piece.
  • Carnelian and Pyrite Briolette EarringsCarnelian and Pyrite Briolette Earrings We love the Bollywood feel of these carnelian and pyrite briolette earrings. Here we created a loop out of 1mm brass wire and hammered flat to create a lovely texture and shape. We then wire wrapped three pyrite briolette beads per earring using 0.3mm brass wire and added these to the bottom of the loop. The carnelian briolette bead was then wire wrapped and added to the top of the hoop with a small jump ring. (We linked the jump ring through wire at the top of the loop to stop the carenlian bead sliding around)
  • Blue Chalcedony and Black Spinel EarringsBlue Chalcedony and Black Spinel Earrings These funky blue chalcedony and black spinel earrings were really easy to create. We used 0.3mm brass wire and wrapped rough loops, about half way through wrapping the loops we added the black spinel briolettes to the bottom loop of the wire and then continued with the loops. We then sealed the loops together at the top by wire wrapping tightly around the wire. We then wire wrapped a blue chalcedony briolette and then added this to the top of the loop using more wire wrapping.

    • Lapis Lazuli Briolette earringsLapis Lazuli Briolette earrings The rich blue of these lapis lazuli briolette beads looks fab combined with brass wire. Here we wire wrapped loops in brass wire and sealed at the top by wire wrapping. We hammered these flat. We then wire wrapped a lapis lazuli briolette and added it to the top of the loops. Very simple but beautiful!
    • Pink Chalcedony Briolette EarringsPink Chalcedony Briolette Earrings These pink chalcedony briolette earrings were unbelievably simple to make. We used round nose pliers to create the curved shape out of 1mm brass wire, we then hammered this flat for a lovely texture. We wire wrapped the pink chalcedony briolette bead and then added that to the bottom of wire shape we created.
    • Turquoise Briolette EarringsTurquoise Briolette Earrings These turquoise briolette earrings were made in the same way as the pink chalcedony briolette earrings. We love the vibrant turquoise combined with brass, this lovely turquoise colour is sure to add a bit of summer brightness to your designs!
    • Learn how to wire wrap briolettes...Learn how to wire wrap briolettes... If you are feeling inspired by these designs but aren't sure how to wire wrap a briolette, then all you need to do is follow our 'How to wire wrap a briolette' technique and you can get started creating something beautiful today!

    Monday, 9 July 2012

    Create your own funky friendship bracelets....!





  • What you'll need...What you'll need... To make the green bracelet that we've made in this project you will need:
    Silver Plated Textured Round Link Chain (sold as a 91cm length so you'll be able to make a few with this!)
    Micro Fibre Suede Cord in Olive, 1 metre (sold per metre, so you can make a few with this length)
    Pyrite Faceted Coin Beads x 4
    A pack of Silver Plated Wire in 0.3mm thickness
    Snipe Nose Pliers
    Heavy Duty Side Cutters
  • Funky friendship braceletsFunky friendship bracelets Create these funky friendship bracelets by following these easy steps and you'll be wearing them in no time!
  • Cut your loopsCut your loops So, for the first step you'll need to use a pair of side cutters to snip a length of four loops out of your silver plated chain. Of course if you want more or less links then that's completely up to you!
  • Fold your suede over the loop...Fold your suede over the loop... Take your length of micro fibre suede cord and fold the top over one of the end loop. Add a dab of hypo cement glue to secure together.

    • Wrap wire...Wrap wire... Using a piece of silver plated wire, bend a length of about 5mm at a right angle and place on top of the fold in the suede. Then wrap the wire around the fold a few times to help secure in place.
    • Twist the ends together...Twist the ends together... Cut your wire leaving a little bit at the end, then twist the ends of the wire together to help secure.
    • Pinch together with pliersPinch together with pliers Using a pair of snipe nose pliers, squeeze the twisted ends close into the cord pushing it down to ensure no sharp edges poke out and trim the ends if needs be. You will then need to repeat this at the other end of your set of links to make a complete bracelet. The ends of the bracelet can be tied together for a traditional friendship bracelet style or you could add a clasp by gluing end caps on to the micro fibre suede cord and attaching a clasp.
    • Thread on your bead...Thread on your bead... Next you need to add beads to the centre of the loops, this is really simple to do. Get a length of silver plated wire and thread on your bead of choice (we used pyrite faceted beads)
    • Twist wire...Twist wire... Place your length of wire with the bead threaded onto it so that it lies across the centre of the loop link. Then with your snipe nose pliers (or fingers if you find it easier!) simply wrap the wire a few times around the loop and squeeze tight to secure, we made sure we wrapped either side of the wire with the bead on it so that it was extra secure and didn't slide around the loop link.
    • Trim the ends of the wireTrim the ends of the wire Trim the ends of your wire to get rid of any sharp bits and then repeat on the other end of the wire. The bead will slide along this piece of wire creating a great effect when you wear it. You can repeat the last few steps for the other loop links.
    • And you're done!And you're done! And your friendship bracelet is finished. Wear yourself or make for presents! Why not try with other beads and other coloured micro fibre suede as we did!

    What we've been making this week...

    What we've been making this week...



    Blue Chalcedony Briolette earrings
    Blue Chalcedony Briolette earrings These gorgeous blue chalcedony earrings were made by wire wrapping one of our new blue chalcedony briolette beads using brass wire (0.3mm wire is perfect for wire wrapping briolettes). We then created a swirl out of a thicker 1mm brass wire and hammered it to flatten it and create a lovely texture. We then attached the briolette and an earwire to the brass swirl to complete the pair of earrings.

    Green Onyx and Green Amethyst Earrings
    Green Onyx and Green Amethyst Earrings These vibrant green onyx and green amethyst earrings are so eye catching! We wire wrapped four green onyx briolette beads per earring and added them to a short length of SN2 silver chain using small jump rings. We then wire wrapped a green amethyst briolette bead for each earring and added them to the end of the chain using a jump ring to give a nice neat finish to the piece.

    Carnelian and Pyrite Briolette Earrings
    Carnelian and Pyrite Briolette Earrings We love the Bollywood feel of these carnelian and pyrite briolette earrings. Here we created a loop out of 1mm brass wire and hammered flat to create a lovely texture and shape. We then wire wrapped three pyrite briolette beads per earring using 0.3mm brass wire and added these to the bottom of the loop. The carnelian briolette bead was then wire wrapped and added to the top of the hoop with a small jump ring. (We linked the jump ring through wire at the top of the loop to stop the carenlian bead sliding around)

    Blue Chalcedony and Black Spinel Earrings
    Blue Chalcedony and Black Spinel Earrings These funky blue chalcedony and black spinel earrings were really easy to create. We used 0.3mm brass wire and wrapped rough loops, about half way through wrapping the loops we added the black spinel briolettes to the bottom loop of the wire and then continued with the loops. We then sealed the loops together at the top by wire wrapping tightly around the wire. We then wire wrapped a blue chalcedony briolette and then added this to the top of the loop using more wire wrapping.

    Lapis Lazuli Briolette earrings
    Lapis Lazuli Briolette earrings The rich blue of these lapis lazuli briolette beads looks fab combined with brass wire. Here we wire wrapped loops in brass wire and sealed at the top by wire wrapping. We hammered these flat. We then wire wrapped a lapis lazuli briolette and added it to the top of the loops. Very simple but beautiful!

    Pink Chalcedony Briolette Earrings
    Pink Chalcedony Briolette Earrings These pink chalcedony briolette earrings were unbelievably simple to make. We used round nose pliers to create the curved shape out of 1mm brass wire, we then hammered this flat for a lovely texture. We wire wrapped the pink chalcedony briolette bead and then added that to the bottom of wire shape we created.

    Turquoise Briolette Earrings
    Turquoise Briolette Earrings These turquoise briolette earrings were made in the same way as the pink chalcedony briolette earrings. We love the vibrant turquoise combined with brass, this lovely turquoise colour is sure to add a bit of summer brightness to your designs!

    Monday, 18 June 2012

    Our latest jewellery makes....





    Our latest jewellery makes....

    There's one benefit to this 'British summer', the weather means that we can use the time to get creative and make some new jewellery creations! Here are some of our creations made by the Kernowcraft Rocks and Gems team!
    Marquise Labradorite ring
    Marquise Labradorite ring This beautiful labradorite stone was one of our limited offer cabochons so it was a complete one off, our buyer Jo set this ring for herself using sterling silver wire and bezel strip. We love the gorgeous shape of the ring! If you want a special stone, check out our cabochon section where we have plenty of one off stones to choose from!


    Sterling Silver Hummingbird 
    Sterling Silver Hummingbird This sterling silver hummingbird necklace was made by our marketing assistant Katie by piercing out the design in sterling silver sheet.
    Peruvian Amazonite Earrings
    Peruvian Amazonite Earrings We fell in love with these new gorgeous peruvian amazonite cabochons as soon as we saw them and had to get creating! Here we used an epoxy glue to secure these cabcohons in to the milled edge earring settings, a 5 minute make that is so striking!

    Labradorite Briolette Earrings
    Labradorite Briolette Earrings These gorgeous briolette earrings were made by Kernowcraft team member Lowenna, she combined pyrite, rainbow moonstone and labradorite briolette beads with a light sterling silver chain to create funky earring drops!
    Green Amethyst Briolette Earrings
    Green Amethyst Briolette Earrings These delicate green amethyst briolette earrings were made by wire wrapping a loop out of silver plated wire and then using a thinner wire wire wrapping a weaved pattern around the loops for a design inspired by weaved branches.

    Golden Sheen Obsidian Earrings
    Golden Sheen Obsidian Earrings We absolutely love the gorgeous sheen these faceted top golden sheen obsidian cabochons have, so we decided to combine them with some beautiufl labradorite with a golden tone to complement them. We used epoxy glue to set these into milled edge link and pendant settings to create these simple but beautiful earrings.

    Labradorite Bracelet
    Labradorite Bracelet This labradorite bracelet was so easy to make! We used a milled edge link setting to glue in a labradorite faceted top cabochon with epoxy glue. We then added this to some chain and a clasp using jump rings.

    Biwa Pearl Earrings
    Biwa Pearl Earrings These Biwa pearl earrings are so classic and elegant, perfect for wedding jewellery! We made them by wire wrapping the biwa pearls using gold plated wire.

    Pink Opal Chandelier Neckace
    Pink Opal Chandelier Neckace These pink opal beads are just so special! Here we've wire wrapped the beads with sterling silver wire and added them in between lengths of chain. We've then attached this gorgeous flower chandelier component to the chain and dangled another pink opal from it. Great for a vintage design!

    Vintage Style Pearl Necklace
    Vintage Style Pearl Necklace Another gorgeous vintage inspired design, here we've strung a silver plated flower chandelier component onto a thread with pearls and wire wrapped a pearl to hang in the centre of the component.

    Green Amber Bracelet
    Green Amber Bracelet We love these new green amber cabochons so we thought we'd give you a simple idea to make with them. Here we've used a milled edge pendant setting to glue in the cabochon and have used a jump ring to attach it one of our bracelet chains as a cute and simple charm.
    Ocean Jasper Earrrings
    Ocean Jasper Earrrings These beautiful ocean jasper earrings really let the stone do the talking! We simply used a little epoxy glue to secure the stones onto our earstuds with flat plates.