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12 Months Of Metal Challenge With Make It Kim

About 12 Months Of Metal Series

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 skills, if you have a good grounding in the fundamentals. I hope to show you how much is possible with so little but also enable you to keep building on your skills and tool set-up each month if you wish to keep developing your craft. So whether you're just interested in giving it a go, looking to improve your confidence or hoping to gain some tips and tricks to make your jewellery making journey a little easier, I hope you can join me during #12monthsofmetal."

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

Watch Monthly Round Ups Below

January: Basic Cutting & Texturing Metal For Jewellery Making

Kim shares her top tips on cutting metal, polishing and texturing your handmade jewellery designs

February: Sawing Metal For Jewellery Making

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

March: Forming Metal

Kim shares tutorials on doming, work hardening metal, annealing and making wire earrings!

April: Soldering Tutorials For Jewellery Making

Join Kim as she walks you through the soldering process, explaining which tools are needed, plus an overview of solder and flux

May: Cabochon Setting Tutorials

Kim shares tutorials on using pre-made cabochon settings and also how to create your own settings from scratch

June: How To Use A Rolling Mill

Learn more about using a rolling mill to achieve texture in your jewellery designs

July: Riveting & Cold Connections For Jewellery Making

Learn more about cold connections, including riveting and how you can create interesting 3D designs such as a sea glass necklace and gemstone earrings

August: Metal Etching Tutorials

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

September: Claw Setting Tutorials

Kim shares some brilliant tutorials on how to make your own claw settings as well as how to use pre-made settings too

October: Reticulation Tutorials

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

November: Hollow Jewellery Tutorials

This month, Kim focuses on hollow forms and shows you how to make a hollow bead and a shadow pendant

December: Casting & Granulation For Jewellery Making

In the final month of the challenge, Kim takes on casting and granulation! Including spaghetti and sand casting

Larkman's Legacy & Kim's Trip To Geevor Tin Mine, Cornwall

Learn more about Mr Larkman and Kim's story, with a special visit to Geevor Tin Mine

Q&A With Kim | Talking To The Camera, Jewellery Making Resources & 12 Months Of Metal Overview

Meet Kim

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.

Read all about the silver challenge here.