Saturday, 27 July 2013

More positive feedback!

This week we asked for some feedback on recent orders from our customers on Facebook and were bowled over by the positivity and thanks from customers.

We love our work with all these wonderful gemstones, helping you to get the most out of your hobby and are lucky to work with a great team of people who make the great service and products we provide possible. Our customers are pretty awesome too. One of our Facebook friends has just visited us and bought us gifts of jam doughnuts and treats for the dogs. Lunchtime in the sun with a cup of tea and a doughnut I think... :)

Here are a few of the comments received:

 "I haven't ordered for a long time but are my supplier of choice & always have friendly service regardless of the size of my order!" Feebs PĂ©rez-Larbalestier

 "Service is always excellent and goods are high quality, just love looking through my catalogue" Faye Vane

"Received am order just last week and as always I was very satisfied with your service and speedy delivery. Thank you" Denise Rowntree 

"I'm more of an online orderer, but I've always been impressed – I know I'll get my goodies quickly, that I won't get ripped off over postage, and that the quality will be great. And when I've had a query (before buying an item – I've never had anything to complain about!), the communication has been prompt and courteous." Gwennan Thomas 

I visited you while I was on holiday and I love you all your happy and helpful staff make buying too easy xx" Cristine Sparrey

If you would like to write us a recommendation on Facebook visit us and like our page here.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Learn essential techniques at Sedbergh Summer Jewellery Courses 2013

Visit Sedbergh School in Cumbria this summer to learn essential techniques and start your journey in jewellery making with professional jeweller Andrew Berry.

Experience techniques ranging from traditional hand skills to state of the art Computer Aided Machining, encompassing up to 8 seperate projects including:

Silver gem set rings and pendants Cold forging silver and raising copper Laser engraving anodised aluminium Different forms of casting – Cuttlefish, Delft Clay and Investment

The programme offers up to eight hours of tuition a day with a hot lunch included in the price. Advice and guidance on continuing skills post course and appropriate suppliers will be provided. Accommodation is available seperately in local B&B’s and hotels.
Course Dates

Monday 22nd July to Thursday 25th July
Monday 29th July to Thursday 1st August
Course starts at 10.30am on the first day and finishes at 4.30pm on the final day.

For more information and to book your place, phone: 015396 22616 or e-mail:

Monday, 15 July 2013

Meet the 1-Step Looper

Bought it, love it! Best New tool in a long time. Consistent size loops throughout a project, great for making your own earwires or headpins, ideal for rosary style beaded jewellery or adding pin threaded stones to chain. Good weight, sturdy tool can handle a good variety of wires.
Gordon Stewart via e-mail

The 1-Step Looper by Beadsmith trims and loops precious metal wire, craft wire and copper or brass core wire. When you hold it, the 1-Step Looper feels like a quality tool. It is ideal if you use a lot of eye pins in your designs as it enables you to make your own quickly and consistently. It will also make a loop flush to a design of beads already threaded onto a pin. Watch the video here!
It will bend and trim soft or half-hard wire between 0.4mm and 1mm (26-18 gauge), however we’ve found it works best on 0.6mm – 1mm wire, creating a neat and tidy closed loop. If you’re working with 0.4mm wire we`d recommend having a pair of round nose pliers handy, just to tweak and tighten up the loop. The 1-Step Looper is also excellent if you haven't got as good manual dexterity for fine work.
Stocks are limited so don`t miss out!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Eco Metal Issue

Being green is now a part of our lives, we recycle and reuse at home and at work so naturally we strive to be green in all pursuits. In jewellery making, some suppliers and makers are branding their precious metals and finished pieces as Eco - made from Eco Metals. This has raised an interesting debate at Kernowcraft, considering that perhaps this is just a matter of branding?
The nature of the precious metals trade is that a lot of the metal on the market is, in fact, recycled. People generally do not throw away precious metals as it keeps its value even when classed as scrap. A lot of silver is recycled not just from jewellery but also from the medical, electronic and photography industries - even workshop sweepings and it can be refined and recycled over and over again meaning that every piece of silver you buy has probably been on a long and remarkable journey; if only it could speak it would probably have some interesting tales to tell!

Friday, 5 July 2013

Make a limited edition bracelet or necklace with delicate faceted rondelle gemstone beads

Our lovely limited edition faceted rondelle beads just lend themselves to being restrung and coupled with a little charm either as a single strand or entwined with another to make a necklace or bracelet.

Simply thread the beads using 0.2mm Fireline Braided Thread, 0.2mm Natural Silk Thread or 0.25mm Illusion Cord and finish at either end with a pair of Sterling Silver Necklet Ends, perhaps including some Cone Beads if making a multiple strand design, Sterling Silver Jump Rings and a Sterling Silver Clasp. Then select the charm of your choice and pair it up with an oversized jump ring - we went for a 7mm Sterling Silver Jump Ring.

Monday, 1 July 2013

A note on P&P

After careful consideration, it is with regret that we have had to increase our standard postage and packaging charge to £2.50 in line with increasing Royal Mail costs, having kept it lower for as long as possible. This will come into effect 2nd July 2013.
We still feel this represents excellent value for money as the charge is the same whatever the size of your order, so a good excuse to order a few more bits! We constantly strive to have your order delivered as quickly as possible, Special Delivery charges remain the same.