Kim Thomson, also known as 'Make It With Kim' within the jewellery making community, is a tutor based in Bristol, offering private tuition in her home studio shed, teaching silversmithing classes at The Bristol Folk House and running workshops in Kingswood. Kim has always been creative and although she struggled academically growing up, she found her passion and confidence while studying a silversmithing degree - she's now determined to help others thrive in the same way.
Kim is passionate about tailoring her workshops to fit her student's needs, allowing people to learn, grow and be creative in a way that works for them. Kim's love for helping others is clear to see within the online community, through sharing free resources and tutorials to help aspiring jewellers. At Kernowcraft, we have been lucky enough to collaborate on Kim's popular 12 Months of Metal series, which gives an introduction to metalsmithing - all available to watch for free on our YouTube channel and blog.
Life is different for everyone right now during the pandemic and in this video, Kim shares how her life has been altered - from her tutoring being paused to suffering from Covid and taking the time to heal. The day focuses on Kim prioritising self-care and finding normality once more, which includes getting back in the shed and making again! You'll find Kim's full spaghetti ring tutorials featured in the video below.
During Kim's 'day in the life' video, she takes the time to film a highly requested tutorial - how to make spaghetti rings! This design features a ring made up of lots of wraps of wire, resembling the look of spaghetti. It's a beautiful design and Kim shows you two ways to make them, including a chunky design using 1.5mm sterling silver round wire featuring a faceted stone and also a project using 1mm sterling silver and bronze wire, showing you how to make the design using thinner wire while also setting a cabochon stone. Kim walks you through each step, with top tips on work hardening, texturising and how to get the correct sizing. Browse our range of jewellery making tools, metal and gemstones to have a go for yourself!
If you're a jewellery making beginner or want to refresh your metalsmithing knowledge, these tutorials are for you! During 2019, Kim shared brilliant video tutorials starting from the very basics, allowing you to build up your tools and skills throughout the series. Each month focuses on a different technique, showcasing a range of skills, tools and projects you can follow at home.
We teamed up with Kim, featuring all of the tutorials over on our blog and YouTube so you can find and re-visit them easily - plus you'll find our recommended tools and supplies for the projects featured.