Monday, 28 June 2010
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
The earrings above are gold plated silver and I still use a silver cloth on gold items. These can easily be purchased from a jewellery shop or in a supermarket. They work magic and get any tarnished jewellery
sparkling. Read the instructions and DO NOT use it on items with pearls, it strips the pearls surface!
There is also a product called silver dip. This is a liquid that can you put your jewellery into and let it clean away, (done in minutes) especially good for items with detail/inlay and chains. Read instructions and DO NOT put beads, pearls and stones into the dip (diamonds are hard enough and are ok!).
Silver dip can be found in jewellery shops or online.
As for the matt effect I have been using it on my silver jewellery for years. I like a real textured matt finish which I achieve with Scotch Brite! I buy this from a DIY store and cut it into small pieces. I simply brush it over the piece in the same direction all over. For a softer more satin finish there is a rubber block that contains grit of different amounts (like sand paper) called Garryflex. I buy this online and like the Grey medium grit one. Again I will use this in one direction.
Now when matting jewellery, be it silver, gold or platinum it will always be removing a small trace amount off the piece. Do not matt plated items or keep matting your wedding band etc all the time as it will thin it over time. My wedding band is both white and yellow gold with a diamond which I only matt on our anniversary!
Any questions please ask!!!
Monday, 21 June 2010
I have been making this pendant for a few years now. It's a simple design that I always enjoy the look of, but it's a real pain to make! It is all made by hand, no casting or laser cutting used, so it always needs to be precise in it's measurements.
I thought of this piece today after spending an evening with some fellow jewellery designers and artists. We talked about the importance of maths in design, however few of us actually passed our exam! When it comes to working out my measurements I find making notes and a copper model is the best way.
Friday, 18 June 2010
As a full-time mum I am always trying to fit my work into the nap time and after my daughters goes to bed, so things can take a bit longer to do! Now to get on with my father's day present, oh no what about my knitting?! First things first......a cup of tea:)
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Monday, 7 June 2010
http://sweetherts.blogspot.com on more info about the group and I hope to do more jewellery workshops with them in the future.
Posted by Kim Channon at 06:13