Kim Thomson is going back to basics! Each month during 2019, Kim focused on a different jewellery making technique, sharing tutorials, top tools, documenting demos and tips along the way.
You will be able to find all the information for each month on this blog page - including all of Kim's videos and tips so you have a great resource to turn to when you need it. Not only this, we provide you with a list of tools and supplies for each month which you can purchase directly on Kernowcraft's website, so you can get making in no time!
Kim - "I wholeheartedly believe that jewellery silversmithing doesn't have to be expensive, you can create beautiful ranges of jewellery with minimal tools and
If you try any of the techniques featured in the series, please tag us in your designs - we would love to see and share! Find Kernowcraft & 'Make It With Kim' on Instagram and use the hashtags #12monthsofmetal & #Kernowcraft
Kim shares her top tips on cutting metal, polishing and texturing your handmade jewellery designs
This month focuses on the jewellers saw! Kim shows you how to insert saw blades, pierce internal shapes and cut more than one piece of metal at the same time
Kim shares tutorials on doming, work hardening metal, annealing and making wire earrings!
Join Kim as she walks you through the soldering process, explaining which tools are needed, plus an overview of solder and flux
Kim shares tutorials on using pre-made cabochon settings and also how to create your own settings from scratch
Learn more about using a rolling mill to achieve texture in your jewellery designs
Learn more about cold connections, including riveting and how you can create interesting 3D designs such as a sea glass necklace and gemstone earrings
How does metal etching work and what tools are needed? Kim shares a basic overview of etching, including top tips and health and safety information
Kim shares some brilliant tutorials on how to make your own claw settings as well as how to use pre-made settings too
Reticulation is the process of achieving a textured surface on metal through controlled heat! Follow along with Kim and find out a quick way to have a go
This month, Kim focuses on hollow forms and shows you how to make a hollow bead and a shadow pendant
In the final month of the challenge, Kim takes on casting and granulation! Including spaghetti and sand casting
Learn more about Mr Larkman and Kim's story, with a special visit to Geevor Tin Mine
Kim Thomson is a jeweller who has been a customer of Kernowcraft for 20 years. Kim lives in Bristol and runs her own jewellery making workshops.
You may also know Kim from doing the 100 Days Of Silver Challenge #MISilverChallenge in 2018, where she created 100 different designs using the same piece of silver.