Monday, 22 October 2012

The making of Harliquin dichroic glass pendant jewellery

Whilst making these round pendants of dragon eyes and cats eyes. To be fixed as pendants and bracelet cabochons. I have lots of very small off cuts from corners. These off cuts can be  very expensive and nothing goes to waste so I decided to use them for a new 
Harlequin design pendant idea I've had for a while.
More about these cats eyes and dragon eyes on a future blog post.

Here you can see the basic pear drop design, very rough but it should smooth out in the kiln.
Lots of corner off cuts placed together to form the basic shape. This dichroic glass in 2mm thick so the top glass had to be 4mm thick. 
The simple glass firing rule is always in the  front of the mind. 
"Glass wants to be 6mm thick and round. "
Well I wanted that thickness but did not want it round so I made sure the firing soak time was not too long. I decided through experience for that to be 4 minutes. (If your interested. lol)


And now, after cooling. The fired cabochon, straight out of the kiln. As I expected, all nice and rounded edged but still in the shape I wanted. A pear drop or tear drop pendant shape.
I then glued a bail on using E6000 glue and did not touch it for 48 hours. A lesson learnt from fiddling with glued items before this time had lapsed which proved unforgiving. As in, it fell off! lol
Here it is in all it's fine glory. 

My first
Dichroic Glass Harlequin Pendant
 
 I am really please with the finished piece. I never quite know what is going to come out of the kiln until it's done it's thing. But as long as enough thought has been put into it, it's usually ok. Although, I do have a small tub with mistakes and designs that just didn't work. 
These, as I have said earlier will be used at some time in the future as I don't like to throw any glass away.
 If you want this unique pear drop harlequin pendant for £15 plus £3 p&p 
then contact me via email: 
or
or
leave a comment on this blog post

Thank you
:o)




Sunday, 21 October 2012

Win a Dichroic Glass pendant - FREE blog giveaway

Yes, you have read that right.
To be drawn on October 29th 2012 at 9pm BST (inclusive).
I'm offering you the chance to win this  beautiful citrus coloured dichroic glass pendant. Absolutely FREE....
This unique Glass Pendant measure approximately 1"1/2" x 1" plus the silver plated bail. Created and Kiln fired at our studio in Northallerton. This FREE gift will be presented in a bright hot pink presentation box. And this giveaway also includes FREE postage, so there are no catches or hidden charges.
All you have to do is share www.stevesmithsjewellery.blogspot.com on your blog or facebook page and mention my work, become a facebook fan on my page and leave a comment on this blog post to say you have done so. 
(Please read the short rule list)

and that's it.

To see my other creations visit my website www.stevesmithjewellery.co.uk

Rules: (all three must be done)
1.Share this www.stevesmithsjewellery.blogspot.co.uk on your your own blog or facebook page and mention me and my creations in your post.
2.Become a facebook fan by liking my page at https://www.facebook.com/SteveSmithJewellery
3.Leave a comment under this blog post.

The winner will be selected by using random.org. The winner will be notified through the comments section and the winning can then email his or hers address for posting. The winning share will be checked to make sure the share has been done before notification.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

A unique two sided dichroic glass pendant set in sterling silver band.

A unique two sided dichroic glass pendant. Set inside a solid silver band and hung on a solid silver 16" chain.

The dichroic glass is a gorgeous crinklised turquoise colour and is set in both sides of the silver band. 

 The silver used for this is not stamped but I can assure you it is 925 solid silver. I know this because I soldered and set the band.
You can buy this unique turquoise double sided dichroic glass pendant for 
£60 free p&p 
by contacting me on 
If you would like any more information on this then please contact through the above email or leave a message on this blog post.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Darlington Sunday Peoples Market

Another great day at the Darlington Sunday Peoples Market. 
Lots of happy smiling people and the Sun shone and shone all day. 
This event is on every first Sunday of the month and is organised by the team at DSPM, brian has been our main contact and we just met Samantha, another key member of the team. Sorry I don't know the rest of the people by name. 
This event has been one of the best advertised and organised event I have done and really look forward to doing more of them, even in the cold winter months!

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 Sunshine, people and quality traders, what more is needed.

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 It was about late morning and who should turn up. Two lovely friends of ours, Emj and Maz. Such lovely people. Although I got very nervous when Sue, Emj and Maz started to rearrange my pendants in there boxes. It did look better when they finished but I was like a cat on a hot tin roof. I can be quite protective of my creations.
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Here's a great picture of the clock tower seen from about half way through the market. I think it show the town as a vibrant, clean and community spirited town.


And just because I love showing off my stall here's my best picture of my jewellery display (well in my eye's anyway) from the day.

Thank you again to Sue (my lovely partner), Emj, Maz, DSPM team, the Sun 
and not forgetting our friendly customers, who are always welcome. :o)

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Small Dichroic Glass Stud Earring Jewellery

As mentioned in a previous post, 
here are the Small Dichroic Glass Stud Earring Jewellery. 
These pictures were taken straight after firing in the kiln. To keep the cabochons on the small side I fired them without top glass. This gives a new dimension to the colours and designs. With blue's, green's, red's and multi-colours, they are going to look stunning when worn.




 These last four pairs are my favourites, although I really like them all. Its just how the colour and crinkled affect they have. Cant wait to see these on display at a show and see what other people think of them.
Don't forget to look at my website for my other designs www.stevesmithjewellery.co.uk
and dont forget to drop in and see us at the studio in Northallerton or my next show at Darlingtons Sunday Peoples Market on the 7th October 2012.


Where you will find all those special gifts. Price's to suit all and great people to chat to.


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Large 1" + Dichroic Glass Cabochon Bracelets

Here are just a few of my latest designs. They are a silver plated bracelet set with a large dichroic glass cabochon. The glass measures over 1" in diameter. 


 I have been very busy in the studio this past week and have designed and made quite a few new pieces. Many of these will be listed on my website. And if you are in the Darlington area on the 7th October 2012 then come and see what the colours really look like in natural light.
Hope to see loads of people on the day, all getting the Christmas presents sorted.



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