The making of The Smaug Ring

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Happy Birthday to my annoying, smelly little brother :)

For his Birthday, Jamie wanted me to make him a ring.

“something to do with dragons” was the remit…. so this is what I came up with…..


Inspiration, naturally, coming from the one and only Smaug.

I wanted to make Smaug’s tail the ring, and have The Arkenstone set into his claw-like tail end. I was also going to cut out a missing scale… even though I know his actual missing scale isn’t on his tale… but shh…. representations and artistic license and all that! I was also going to use brass, and use patinas and heat to create a darkened red colour and etch it to achieve a scaley look. And then pop into a box that would look like molten gold dripping over dragon skin…

And here’s how I did it!!

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Etching fluid is painted onto clean brass and allowed to dry.

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The ring design is traced onto the dry blackness.

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And a scribe is used to scrape away the black etching ground to reveal the final pattern.

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The metal is placed into a bath of nitric acid. Brass can take quite a while to etch, compared to silver or copper, so is left for about 30 minutes to produce a medium/deep etch depth. The black ground are removed with white spirits and the metal is cleaned.

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The ring is saw-pierced out of the metal sheet.

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And the missing scale is removed by drilling a small hole for the blade to slot through, and is then sawn.

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The edges are filed and sanded until smooth and all imperfections removed.

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The final shape is annealed, to soften the metal for forming.

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The ring is roughly formed. I didn’t use a ring mandrel because I wanted the coil to resemble a naturally curled up dragon tail. So, the band is a circle capable of comfortably fitting around the finger, but is not perfectly round. The ring is bound with binding wire, ready for soldering.

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The ring is soldered together, pickled and cleaned.

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To achieve this colour I painted flux on the brass and heated. This was repeated 7/9 times (I lost count!) and the metal was given a gentle clean and the patina was fixed with a little plastic coat.

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The ends of the claw-like, almost fleur-de-lis style tail are then wrapped perfectly around the labradorite faceted teardrop cabochan using a bezel pusher.

I picked labradorite to represent The Arkenstone because visually the colours match up beautifully, and I think the properties of labradorite fit in quite nicely with The Hobbit story.

Labradorite = “a stone of magic. wearing the stone allows one’s innate magical powers to surface.”


Ring finished. I moved onto my molten gold dripping dragon box.

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I striped out the insides of a found wooden box.

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Using a pendant drill, I scraped away little indents into the box.

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Which, using copious amounts of glue, were set into with off-cuts of faux chagreen.

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This material was also used to line the inside.

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And the book cover.

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Glue was built up around the scaled parts, which looks awful for now, but when leafed will appear like melting gold.

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The whole box is then painted with acrylics to match Smaug’s skin. Why? Well, the inside will be left as is, and I hope to have a few small cracks in the gold, so the red scales appear through.

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The surfaces are then painted with the leafing glue.

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And the leaf is applied.

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And smoothed over the surface.


Stay tuned for the next post…. sexy dragon makeup and the final piece will appear!!


Chloe out.


Bonjour! a little update.

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Well Hi there!

My posting here has been rather sporadic of late, so thought I’d let ya’ll know what was going on in my life :)

I’m not long back from France, so bonjour!!

My summer was spent holidaying, doodling, catching up on my exhibition visits, Fringing, but mostly chilling out!

Now, it’s work time again…. and I’ve got no uni to go back to… which is wonderfully exciting and scary at the same time!

At the start of next week I’m moving into The Precious Metals Workshop (yay!) and setting up a bench so I can continue to improve my making skills, and also, start making up collections of pieces to sell in my Etsy store and hopefully a variety of markets and events…. that’s the plan anyway!

I’ve got quite a few ideas and inspirations running around in my head screaming “pick me! pick me!” so I’m working on lots of bits and pieces at the moment… and of course will update you with my progress!

Especially as I would like to start writing a lot more. I love blogging. I love writing in my journal. I’d love to write professionally for something, be that a blog or a magazine… I think that would be fantastic! So, I’m going to start practising on here, not sure how yet, or what I’ll write about…. but stay tuned for that!

You might have also noticed that I’ve cleaned up my blog a little bit and made it prettier… what do you think?

And I’ve done the same to my website, I’d love it if you checked it out and let me know what you think of it?

I think that’s it for now……..

Stay tuned for everything else!!

But for now, enjoy some of the best bits from our trip to France!



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Disneyland Paris!!

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The Burgundy Region

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I painted this little guy on our first day in the Burgundy region. We’d just set up and decided to have a chilled out, lazy camp day. So of course I got my paints out and got creative! I really love how this guy turned out, and really loved the experience of painting on a leaf! Might do some more in the future! But I do have plans for this “Avallon Faery”….. I’ll keep it a secret just now, but look out for her on my etsy store…

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The Jura

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Justin and Andrea’s Gaff

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As much as I’d like to tell you that we always dress like this, I feel I should bring context to these next few photos by saying that it was Andrea’s (the lovely lady in the Soltaire outfit) 40th Birthday party and the theme was 70s/80s movies and tv (ie. any excuse to whip up a TARDIS costume)!

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Beryl, Dùghall and Pingu/our sexy beasts!

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Well, that was a lot of photos!

See you on the other side.

Chloe out.

Grandma’s Photo Pebble

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Happy 70th Birthday Grandma.

Dance like nobody’s watching………..!


Grandma’s Photo Pebble 

Handmade, personalised pendant necklace with matching stud earrings displayed on a handcrafted wooden art piece with matching book.

Sterling silver, lapis lazuli, freshwater pearls, paper, glitter threads, wood, acrylic paints and ink.

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Happy to say she was really pleased with it :)

Will update you with some photos of her wearing it soon….. after she’s “got a much-need haircut” and found some “magical anti-wrinkle cream”!!


Fancy a handmade, personalised commission piece? Check out my commissions page and drop me a no obligation, all questions answered message!


Chloe out.


2 Sep


Well done Grant Henderson and Jamie Henderson for completing the ALS ice bucket challenge and the Pies for Parkinsons challenge…. in strikingly beautiful outfits!!

Groovy man!

We’ve donated money to both causes and hope you will too!

Or text: PARK14 £5 to 70070


And remember Craig Henderson, Stephen Harris, Neil Pate, Ewan Thompson and Zak Harris you’ve been nominated…. so get on it!!!

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Bailey very much approves of this challenge!!

Chloe out.

Drunk Grandad sings and dances to “Donald Where’s Yer Troosers?”

26 Jul

My drunk Grandad with his rendition of Donald Where’s Yer Troosers!!!
2:18 is where it turns from rather bemused sniggering to wet your pants, crying funny!!!
Sorry Grandma!


You’re just jealous he’s not your Grandad!!

Chloe out.

New Designers

1 Jul

New Designers = a huge trade show for jewellery graduates to display their final year work, and where people from the industry visit and interact with said graduates.

A rather wonderful experience. Was more than lovely talking to everyone who passed through about my work, you were all so nice :) And I now know how to hand up a display with foam in a really short period of time with limited tools! and how to dress professionally, and how speak to people without wanting to run away! and am more than a little jealous of all the stunning work at the show! so much inspiration in one place.

And a trip to London, so all in all pretty awesome!


My display all set up and pretty… even with concretesque blocks!

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Made myself a little Faery Wings inspired necklace to show off my work.

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Sexy exhibitor pass!

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A few photos from the opening night.

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Oh and let’s not forget, thanks you wonderful weirdoes for popping along! and thanks v.much for a lovely dinner :)

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To see more New Designers photos, check out the Twitter feed.


New Designers was ace!

I even had enough time to hang around London a little bit…

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The British Museum

Was so hot in there that I didn’t spend too much time inside, but the ceiling was epic so I did take a few wee snaps:

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Natural History Museum

Beautiful museum, epically busy, but free and wonderful! The gemstones hall being my favourite…. so much sparkly!!!

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Moody whale selfie…

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I have too much fun by myself…..

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*design drools*

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Wonderful week…. thanks to everyone involved. Much love.


Chloe out.

New Designers next week!

21 Jun

I’m away on my train down to London this morning… i’m probably snoozing against the window as you read this… for New Designers!

If you’re in the London area, pop on over and visit stand J13 :)

No posts for a while, but i’ll have so much to catch you up on when i get back: more posts from the degree show, a few bits and pieces of ‘making of’ posts from Lexicon Creatures, graduation photos, and of course not forgetting lots of New Designers fun as well!

Here is one cheeky graduation pic for now!

See you on the other side!

Chloe out.

Moonwalking Catwoman & Rain-making Kelpies

9 Jun


After a bit of drunken dad dancing at The Paper Mill and hungover baking in the wonderful Scottish sun! The wonderful Sara Jane Woods transformed into Catwoman!!! and headed out in the rather dreary Edinburgh night to walk 13miles all in aid ofraising money to beat breast cancer.


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Congratulations catwoman!

Next year we’ll be there walking with you…. well… behind you! Not only did she walk 13 miles at midnight dressed as catwoman but managed it in about 3 hours!!

New York moonwalk next year i think………..




After our late night cheering on catwoman (ish) for our leisurely Sunday activity we decided to head out to Falkirk and visit The Kelpies.

If you’re reading this catwoman and hungover parents i read up a little on the story behind… well, why kelpies!

You can read the full artist statement here, but in brief Andy Scot has a connection with the area and his work often possesses an equine focus. He wanted to create art that reflected and i guess stood as a monument to the horses of the past who would work up and down the canal ways, and by creating them in (you were right Dad! laser cut) steel they capture the industrial feel.

I like his summing up points “As with all of my works, they will doubtless create many narratives and the original Kelpie myth will inevitably resurface.  The title will spark a mystical interpretation in many viewers.  That is up to the beholder and of course I welcome the engagement of the widest possible audience in the sculptures.   My intent however is built around a contemporary sculptural monument more than an ancient legend.

Because without knowing anything about them, other than their title, all i thought about was the myth of the kelpie. From far away they appear as horse heads, but from angles up close the true mythical qualities are unleashed. Standing beneath them you can’t help but feel the lure of the kelpie, I desparatley wanted to go inside one of the creatures (a wee tip before you go, book a guided tour and you can go inside one of them!); perhaps that would be my downfall, in the myth my desire to be lead inside would end in an icy drowning…… maybe that’s why we were battered with rain.

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Wonderful weekend, thanks guys :)

Chloe out.

I Graduated!!!

9 Jun Graduation

Woohoohoo I graduated!!!





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Chloe “the graduate” out!

DJCAD Degree Show 2014

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I can’t really believe it happened.

The Degree Show.

My Degree Show.

I’ve completed four years at uni……..

I’m a jewellery graduate!

I’ve got to pretend to be an adult now….

… oh dear!

Anyway, here are some photos of my display at the Degree Show!

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And of course, thank you oh so much to all my wonderful friends and family who came out to support me! You guys rock!

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And thanks guys for the boootiful cards and flowers, oh and the sweeties too…. om nom nom!!

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Look at us sexy jewellers at the opening night!

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And our wonderful tutors!

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Wanna see the work of my fellow jewellery friends?

Of course you do!

Check it out!

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Awesome huh?


What did you think of the work? Where you at the show? What was your favourite piece?

Chloe out.



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