2016 Monday Makes: Our favourite customer creations throughout year
Over the last year, we've showcased a different customer's jewellery designs every week for our #MondayMake feature. It's a feature we love, as we get to see what you're making with our favourite gemstones and show the world how talented you all are!
As we're nearing the end of 2016, we've put together a collection of some our favourite jewellery creations this year. If you would like to see your work featured, then tag us on your best picture of your designs (@Kernowcraft) on any of our social media pages, we'd love to see what you have made using our gemstones and products. We'll repost your image on twitter and Instagram with a link to your website so everyone can find you! Keep updated with our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Themed jewellery is a great way of experimenting with alternative styles. This pendant by Anna Ancell shows how metals like copper can add a lovely contrast when paired with silver. Mokume Gane showcases this contrast with fantastic woodgrain patterns. Liver of Sulphur can also be used to darken metals to create more contrast.
Monique J-Jones is a jeweller based in Cornwall, having completed her degree in Silversmithing & Jewellery she won the prize we sponsor each year at the Truro College end of year exhibition. Her collection was inspired by the patterns and textures of the landscape, many of her pieces also include oxidised silver to create contrast.
This 'Make the Look' project created by the Kernowcraft design team was a summer favourite and featured in a post we did on festival jewellery.
Diamonds proved a firm favourite this year! Everything from un-drilled cubes which many people set in claw setting style stacking rings and rose cut cabochons which make a nice modern alternative to the typical faceted diamond look. This 'Make the Look' project uses our rough diamond nugget beads and a simple wire wrapping technique.
Sea glass has proved ever popular in jewellery making this year with many turning their beach finds into stunning pieces of jewellery with the help of diamond coated drill bits and sterling silver wire to secure the glass into a pendant design.
My absolute passion is piercing and I love nothing better than a session in the workshop hand sawing pieces from sheet sterling silver. I enjoy the challenge of custom work and working with a customer's ideas to create something truly special.
Our range of pre-made settings have made adding a colourful splash of gems to you pieces even easier. The Perpetual Maker has used our wraptite setting here to create these stunning earrings set with kaledescope pink quartz faceted stones, these stones are particularly lovely, as their name suggests they flash iridescent colours of pink, violet and even green with movement. We also have similar iridescent stones in other colours available here.
We love these cute copper and silver bangles by Genny Wren Silver. Using copper wire rather than sterling silver is a great way to practice and experiment without the price tag that comes with silver. You may wish to protect your designs from oxidisation using renaissance wax or Midas finish seal lacquer which will preserve the high shine polish and prevent the copper from turning your skin green when worn in close contact.
Clare Lawrence has created her own version of one of our make the look projects with some flashy labradorite faceted rondelle beads and flex-rite jewellery wire. Flex-rite is a brilliant choice for making necklaces and bracelets as it is flexible and incredibly strong and easy to finish with crimps and necklet ends.
This sterling silver and Amber cabochon ring by Victoria Plum jewellery is proof that simple design and a great gemstone makes for a stunning finished piece.