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  1. How surprised was I back in June when I received an email from the Enterprise Vision Awards confirming that I had been nominted for an award in the Sole Trader category! No idea who nominted me but "thank you" whoever you are out there! I was even more surprised to hear a couple of weeks ago that I had made it through the selection process and was a finalist! The next stage is a presentation and interview with three judges at the end of July and the the awards ceremony in October!!

    The public vote is now open and therefore I would be very grateful if you would vote for me!

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    Click here to vote: www.enterprisevisionawards.co.uk/eva-categories/38/Sole-Trader-Award

    eva awards 2013 | Kian Designs Handmade Jewellery

  2. I've finally got around to making a full batch of wire wrapped stud earrings and have added these news ones to the website under their own separate category. In the past i've made a few pairs here and there but as I keep being asked for them recently I thought I would make up a selection of colours and have them as a permanent feature, both on the website and at my Jewellery Parties and Events. These are the perfect size for everyday wear!

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  3. With Mother's Day approaching fast why not give that special Mum or Grandmother a beautiful Sterling Silver Birthstone Necklace that means that she can keep close to her heart the people that are most precious to her! There are a number of different necklaces to chose from and you can have however many birthstones you require!

    Family Birthstone Necklaces - Handmade Birthstone Jewellery - Mother's Day Gifts

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  4. Well after over a year of talking about it I've finally put together the first pieces to my Bridal Jewellery Collection! With my love of wire work I just knew that I could create some beautiful jewellery that would be perfect for a Bride's special day! I've decided to offer a mix of both silver plated and Sterling Silver items in order that I can accommodate all budgets and so that I can also push my creativity without necessarily breaking the bank!

    The Sterling Silver items also include other beautiful materials including Swarovski pearls and crystals and stunning AAA grade Crystal Quartz. 

    I've definitely got the bug for creating Wedding Jewellery, therefore I will be constantly adding to my collection throughout the year! So keeping popping back to see what's new!

    Handmade Bridal Jewellery UK ] Sterling Silver Wedding Jewellery

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  5. Valentines Day is quickly approaching so why not treat that special someone in your life to a beautiful piece of handmade jewellery. You’ll definitely earn some brownie points with this extra special Valentine’s Gift.

              Handmade Wire Heart Pendant - Handmade Jewellery      Handmade Wire Heart Pendant - Purple Pearl      Wire Wrapped Sprial Heart Pendant - Handmade Jewellery

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  6. Whilst trawling the internet recently to buy hubby some Christmas presents I came across this stunning website: www.joshuajamesjewellery.co.uk where they have a fantastic collection of jewellery for everyone, including that special man in your life!

    One of the ranges that caught my eye was From Soldier to Soldier which is a range inspired by our wonderful armed forces with each bracelet being made from an original woven parachute cord with either a silver or gold plated lock.  They are available in a number of colours and there are ones available for us ladies too!

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    What’s even better is that 10% of the RRP of each product goes towards the charity Help for Heroes!

    Why not go and pay them a visit today!

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  7. With all those Christmas and New Year parties to go to over the next few weeks you know that you need some handmade jewellery to add that touch of sparkle to your outfits! Check out some of my newest designs below!

    wire weaved pendant - black - handmade wire work jewellery

    black and grey pearl cluster bracelet - handmade jewellery

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  8. What a great way to treat a special someone this Christmas, with some handmade jewellery! I have many lovely unique pieces that would make the perfect gift! 

    wire weave marquis pendant - purple - handmade jewellery (17)

    hoop faceted earrings - black - handmade earrings (6)

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    Kian Designs - Handmade Jewellery

  9. Here are a few handy tip for keeping your handmade jewellery sparkling!

    • Protect your jewellery from scratches, sharp blows, chemicals, extreme temperatures, and sunlight.
    • Ideally, store your jewellery in a soft lined box or pouch and try to keep pieces apart, so that they don't rub together or tangle up.
    • Keep chains fastened so that they don’t get tangled up.
    • After each wearing, gently wipe each piece of jewellery clean of make up and skin oils with a 100% cotton cloth.
    • Remove jewellery when doing household tasks such as gardening, cleaning, household repairs or other strenuous activities, or when playing sports.
    • Apply make-up and hair spray before putting on your jewellery. Make-up and hair spray contain chemicals that may affect your jewellery, as can nail polish removers.
    • Remove jewellery before swimming as chlorine and salt water may cause damage.

     

    CLEANING

    Commerical Silver Cleaners
    Read the label, and if in doubt, do not use a chemical cleaner.

    Jewellery Polishing Cloths
    Use lightly to restore lustre. Do not press hard when polishing plated jewellery or you will damage the surface.

    Easy Homemade Solutions
    The best way to clean in places where a polishing cloth can't reach is simple is to use lukewarm water and a small amount of mild washing up liquid and a soft child’s toothbrush.

    Tarnish
    Tarnish occurs when Silver is exposed to the air and atmosphere, it causes a chemical reaction that creates something called Silver Sulphate. (The black discolouration on the jewellery, which can sometimes then transfer to your skin.) This reaction can be prevented by storing your jewellery in a re-sealable plastic bag or wrapped in tissue paper. You can however remove any tarnish using a silver polishing cloth (carefully with plated items!) or with this simple homemade solution of boiling water, aluminium foil and bicarbonate of soda/baking soda:

    • Line the bottom of the pan with aluminium foil. You may also use a disposable aluminium pan.
    • Place silver jewellery or any silver object in the aluminium pan, making sure the silver touches the aluminium.
    • Pour boiling water into the pan until the object is completely covered.
    • Add a teaspoon of baking soda/bicarbonate of soda. As you add the baking soda, the mixture may froth a bit, be careful not to let it spill over.  Keep the silver submerge for at least 5 minutes. The tarnish will begin to disappear quickly.  For badly tarnished silver, you may need to repeat this process several times to remove all traces of tarnish.
    • Rinse the silver with water and gently buff it dry with a soft towel.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SOLUTION SHOULD NOT BE USED ON ANY JEWELLERY CONTAINING BEADS, GEMSTONES OR PEARLS AS THESE MAY BE DAMAGED BY THE CHEMICAL REACTION.

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