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Alison Swindles

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Blue enamelled earrings

I made these lovely silver earrings with blue enamel and documented the process for you to see.

They began life as a couple of bits of 0.8mm silver sheet and some silver wire. I cut and shaped the wire and then soldered it onto the silver sheet.

Ready to solder the wire shapes
Silver sheet cut to shape ready for the wires

After soldering the wires on I then filed the edges smooth and cleaned the pieces up so they were nice and neat.

The cleaned up pieces ready for the next stage.

Next I applied a layer of flux and also applied some silver jump rings to protect the area that I would be drilling through.

Cooling on top of kiln after firing the flux on

Next I drilled the holes and then applied a layer of enamel on top of the flux.

Grinding and washing the enamel powder before applying to the earrings
Enamel wet-packed onto the silver and drying out on top of the hot kiln before firing
The pieces just out of the kiln and starting to cool. The colours change rapidly during this time.

I fired these pieces for 2 mins at 820 degrees Celsius. I did a second firing at the same temperature and for the same time after applying another layer of enamel in a slightly darker shade. The shades I used were LJET215 and LJET230.

The enamel drying before firing again

After the enamel was fired I then used a carborundum stone under water to file the surfaces level with the silver wires. Then I fired the pieces a final time to get the surface nice and shiny again.

Pieces prior to filing the surfaces level with the carborundum stone.

Then it was time to polish up the individual pieces using the usual process of wet and dry paper in various grades. Then onto polishing compound and finally finishing off with a soft mop and some rouge. The last stage was assembling the earrings using some jump rings and the earring findings.

New packaging is here!

My new packaging arrived last week and I’ve been busy taking photos of it all this morning. The boxes have my name embossed on the front in silver and then they have a lovely black ribbon which is attached at the bottom.  The ribbon can then be used to tie a bow on the top, keeping the box closed and your jewellery safely inside.

Think I need to do a bit more practice on how to tie the ribbon into a lovely bow though!

Here are a few taster pictures of my new pieces in their new boxes.  The rest of my photos can be found on my Facebook page at

http://www.facebook.com/alisonswindlesjewellerydesign

Along with my new oboe reed necklaces too 🙂

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