Adventures around the Galleggxy with Doctor Who

Once upon a time there was a galleggxy.

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In this galleggxy there was a TARDISegg.

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And in this TARDISegg was The Doctor.

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SUDDENLY! A Dalegg appeared!!

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ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! EGGXTERMINATE! EGGXTERMINATE!!!! EGGXTERMINATE!!! ARRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

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Allons-egg!!!

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Yayyyyy!!!

Nerd Chloe out.

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Gold at The Queen’s Gallery

Yesterday, we popped along to visit the Gold Exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery.

Through over 60 items drawn from across the entire breadth of the Royal Collection, and from the Early Bronze Age to the 20th century, Gold explores the qualities that make this rare and precious metal an enduring expression of the highest status, both earthly and divine. This exhibition give a glimpse into the myriad uses of gold, from sacred to ornamental, and includes a series of film installations showing the meticulous working of gold by a bookbinder, furniture gilder and jewellery maker.

It didn’t feel like there was as many as 60 items there… but I wasn’t counting! Although I would recommend popping along if you’re in the area, as a jeweller I was a little disappointed with the lack of things! There were quite a lot of golden paintings, but not as much jewellery/goldsmithing as I was expecting. Saying that, what was there was stunning.

Here area  few of my favourites to tempt you in:

This was my favourite piece. The images don’t do it justice. This tiger’s head is to scale, highly polished, set with rock crystal eyes and teeth; and it looms out of it’s black background magnificently. An incredible work of craftsmanship, and definitely what you would call a statement piece!

*all images credited to Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014*

Fancy a visit? The exhibition runs from 27th March to 26th July 2015, and is at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. Check out the website for more details.

Chloe out.

The Black and Blonde Dogmaids

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Look at these beauties!

(Perfect dog poser/photo credit to the rather talented Craig Henderson!)

Of course, they would make a fabulous Zendoodle feature!

The big blonde fluffy one in the middle is my wonderful golden retriever, Bailey and the two ladies by his side are my Grandma’s black labradors, Hallie (left) and Donna (right). And below is the framed drawing (actual size A3) she received for Christmas this year!!

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Fluffy black and blonde dogmaids indeed!

Want your very own Zendoodley commission? Visit my Commissions page or email me at info[@]chloehenderson.co.uk and we can talk about designs :)

Chloe out.

Happy Birthday Daddy Cupcake :)

Over the summer I made a photo pebble brooch for my Grandma, and it was rather successful and wonderful! I really enjoyed making it, and when it came around to Daddy Cupcake’s birthday I knew I wanted to make one for him too!…. although a little more masculine than lapiz lazuli flowers!

This one is made from hand-hammered brass, drilled and stitched with a black cotton threaded tree and a little photo of our family selfie from our summer holiday. The photo pebble is hung from strands of tiny 1mm black onyx beads, and attached to a medal style brass pin fitting. I made it in mind of his English countryside gentleman suit… and for the times he is not wearing it, the pebble came hung on a hand-painted frame with a larger photo printed inside :)

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I love these photo pebbles so much I’ve opened them up for commissions!

These pebbles can be made in any metal you want, they can feature any surface design you want, you can use any photo you want, and I can turn them into any form of jewellery you want! Prices start from £60 and all pieces come with lovely custom packaging! So, if you love them just as much as I do, pop on over to my commissions page and drop me a message at info[@]chloehenderson.co.uk and we can start our design process :)

Chloe out.

The Reason I Painted My Face Like A Dragon

If you didn’t catch my last blog post The making of The Smaug Ring you should probably go check it out before scrolling down!

 

I made a ring based on a wonderful dragon….. so naturally I had to paint myself up like one to take some photos!!

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What do you think?

 

Stay tuned for some close-up photos of the ring and the finished drenched gold dragon skin box!

 

Chloe out.

The making of The Smaug Ring

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.