Sunday, 7 August 2016
Saturday, 9 July 2016
Emerald green sea glass ring
So adding diamonds to her sea glass ring for a customer actually involved re-building the entire piece...sea glass won't tolerate any heating whatsoever so it had to be removed, but that's OK - love a challenge.
This ring is all 14ct recycled white gold, and the little recycled diamonds are a lovely quality VSI just under 3mm diameter either side of the glass.
I'm pleased I decided to leave the back open, love the way the light comes through.
Friday, 4 March 2016
Cornish sea glass ring, set in white gold and yellow gold.
Friday, 20 February 2015
Lovely customer feedback to boost the morale..
We're just back from South Africa, newly engaged. I wanted to belatedly thank you warmly for rushing the ring through for me in January - I really appreciate it. The ring fitted perfectly (my worries were unfounded!) and my fiancee absolutely loves it. She's also very impressed with your ethical production methods and sourcing of materials. The quality is fantastic and it has drawn a lot of comments from admirers - I've passed your website address on to a few people!
So thanks again for all your help. I won't hesitate to recommend you to my friends.
I've also attached a pic of my fiance holding a very friendly gecko which she rescued from the shower in our treehouse in KwaZulu-Natal, which shows the ring off nicely! Thought you might appreciate it.
Will (London) "
Gorgeous! We do appreciate it, thanks Will, and many congratulations
Friday 23rd January 2015
Who said eco-friendly sea glass can't be bling?
Who said eco-friendly sea glass jewellery can't be bling?
My customer commissioned me to make her another set of two charm bangles, this time for her daughter (she kept the first set for herself).
All the sterling silver is 100% recycled, the upcycled sea glass is hand cut or drilled by me, and the bangles were then tumble polished for a deep shine.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
It is a piece of precious remembrance jewellery, in the true sense of the word.
I constructed the pendant charm to have a little secret chamber inside, and I put a tiny amount of ashes into it, a silver cover on top and then I set the sea glass on top of that.
The ring is stamped with the words "FREE AS A BIRD NOW" in Cornish.
".... The pendant has arrived Kate, worth waiting for, it's beautiful, thank you so much. I have posted it on my Facebook site, you may possibly hear from others who would like something from Glasswing, I know that other women who have suffered bereavement are always looking for new ways to remember their loved one.
...... I hope you have a great Christmas, and thank you again for your work. Best Wishes, Julie C"
You are very welcome Julie, and warmest wishes to you x
Friday, 20 June 2014
So, much of the shaping I do is by hand, taking great care not to touch the lovely surface of the sea glass which will be showing once the ring is finished. Whilst many processes are quicker using a pendant drill, I prefer to take my time and stay in control of the situation rather than remove more material than I intended, and then have to waste any hard-won sea glass pieces! I use a grinding stone flat on my bench, soaked in water, and I keep the work liberally sprinkled with water whilst I work. This stops any glass dust from flying around, and keeps the piece cool too. The glass is carefully dragged up and down the stone, turning as I go, the aim being to make a rounded edge to my cabochon. The bottom is easily smoothed to make setting more straight forward, and eliminates the rocking that sometimes happens when setting irregular shaped stones or other materials.
I love the way the light catches the sea glass, it appears to glow from within - but then that's why we all love sea glass isn't it?!
Monday, 12 May 2014
Friday, 28 March 2014
Monday, 17 February 2014
|forming the rings using a hide hammer (veggie options are available,but I'm afraid they are just aren't as good.
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Also my first time using recycled 14K gold tapered bezel setting - a great way to ensure rings sit beautifully together - great for stacking up.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Saturday, 17 August 2013
Friday, 16 August 2013
Thursday, 15 August 2013
|recycled paper bead necklaces|
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
3mm recycled 18K white gold recycled diamond solitaire
Recycled "Harmony" Diamonds
Round cut diamonds
Rose cut diamonds (round flat bottom)
Cushion cut diamonds (rounded square)
Ruby faceted stones
(Treated and untreated)
Willow creek jasper
Golden desert jasper
Purple sage chalcedony
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
side stamped broad stackers.
Here's the fun bit! For a chance to have an ethical 100% recycled sterling silver Glasswing broad stacker ring made especially for you, and with the hand stamped personalisation of your choice, tell me know where you think I took these photos - the more accurate your answer the greater the chance you will win! Glasswing Stackers are a really personal and stylish way to have your special words, names, and dates close to you always. They make a gorgeous alternative to a single wedding ring, and I can stamp them on the side, inside or around the outside. The best thing is, they can be added to as life events happen...
outside stamped broad stackers
Monday, 27 May 2013
Spring ferns starting to unfurl
Surrounded here by the dense forest and great areas of near wilderness - there are so many fantastic structures in nature that give inspiration for my work - I think I will definitely have to find the time to get my sketch book out again!
love the coconutty smell of gorse too
Thursday, 23 May 2013
View up the field, facing north (not very pretty but effective new saw horse in the foreground!)
Coil built ceramic vessels by Catherine Luck Taylor
- all in recycled silver (apart from the chain - unfortunately I still can't find recycled silver chains).
Earlier in the year...........
Tuesday, 8 January 2013
Monday, 7 January 2013
Glasswing recycled silver and blue sapphire engagement ring (commission)
Glasswing 17" rare storm mid-blue sea glass necklace.
With satin brushed silver beads, threaded on stranded sterling wire.
Glasswing recycled silver organic hammered celtic and blue sea glass earrings.
I loved these 'upside down' earrings so much, I made a pair for myself, and they have had lots of positive comments! The rare little pieces of blue sea glass is from a collector in the States.
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Glasswing sea glass ring
with 8mm x 2mm D shape, hand forged band
Friday, 20 May 2011
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Precious memories in Cornish sea glass
I was really honoured to be asked recently by a customer if I would incorporate some of her mother's ashes into a personalised ring pendant. I thought it was such a lovley idea, and I knew it was something I wanted to do the moment I got the commission.
I had to think long and hard about how to create a tiny space within the piece in which to place the ashes, somewhere where they would be safe and secure for years to come, and close to my customer whenever she wears the pendant.
My customer and I worked together, and decided on a bezel setting, the first one I have hung within one of my personalised pendants. The ashes needed to be placed within the bezel, with the glass in front, so I created a deep bezel, with a little chamber at the back for the ashes, along with a fairly thin piece of Cornish sea glass that I luckily had already, in the right colour, which was placed at the front.
I made life slightly easier for myself by hand sanding the glass at the edges with a piece of course aluminium abrasive, so it was more rounded than it had been when it was washed up on shore, and so easier to set within the hand shaped bezel. I used small pieces of silver inside the bezel, to create little 'brackets' on which to place a second 'shelf' layer of thin .3mm silver. Between the two layers of silver is where the ashes are carefully stored.
The second 'floor' was put in, and sealed with an almost indestructable, glass like jewellery adhesive. The aqua sea glass was then fitted on top of this, and the silver bezel pushed over it and finished by hand.
I'm so pleased with the pendant, with it's lovely Cornish stamping on it: "Minhwarth. Kar. Bew a-rag" - Smile. Love. Live on.
April 18th 2011
Simple recycled silver bangles for Spring
March 6th 2011
New for 2011, Glasswing recycled silver bezel set rings.
I made this moostone ring as a special order for a customer, using lovely deep section (2.5mm) D section recycled sterling silver, hand forged into a simple lightly hammered band,. A very pretty high grade 5mm diameter moonstone looks lovely in the simple bezel cup setting. The stone catches the light beautifully, and I am really pleased with how it turned out. I am looking forward to setting other gemstones, and have been experiementing with using gold bezel cups, which look lovely with certain stones, like labradorite, and rubies. I am particularly interested now in using ethically sourced, traceable gems, and fair trade stones. Not an easy mission at present it seems, however rumblings within the mainstream jewelley industry are growing, thanks to the work of campaigners within the industry, and growing interest about fairtrade and ethical jewellery from consumers. So watch this space...............
December 5th 2010
Glasswing featured in Cornwall Life magazine, Christmas Issue.
Monday, 12 July 2010
Glasswing - "Negys a'n Mis" the MAGA business of the month!
I've been using the MAGA partnership for translations for stampings on my jewellery now for some time, - it's a free service, and the translations are checked and double checked by the Cornish Language experts in the partnership. It's great because I know I have the best translation possible for my work - and for my customers the assurance that their jewellery has just the right words, in terms of gender and tense, for their heartfelt messages to loved ones.
10 September 2009
Recycled silver wedding rings
Recycled silver wedding rings
It finally happened! After much searching I found the US bullion dealer Hoover and Strong, whose Harmony metals range includes 100% recycled silver! Just the small matter of putting up with extraordinarily good customer service, swift DHL delivery and general fantasticness and friendliness that the Americans seem so good at, and my first order of recycled silver lay on my workbench.
My customers were over the moon with their rings, and by the look of the fabulous photos of their big day, with each other and the way the whole thing went.
The bride looked absolutely lovely, and she wore a pair ofGlasswing stacker sea glass earrings
I was honoured to have made their wedding rings for them, and to be able to offer them environmentally responsible jewellery in line with their desire to have an eco wedding extraordinaire!
Being keen photographers, they were both particularly pleased to know that as a lot of recycled silver comes from the photographic industry, the metal in their rings may have once been involved in the production of photographic images - from who knows where?
Friday, 12th June 2009
Green sea glass hoop earrings
Cube sea glass earrings
I have offered recycled silver jewellery for a while now, on the Glasswing website tentatively I have to say. The will has very much been there, as the mining of precious materials for the manufacture of jewellery, certainly leaves a lot to be desired....what industry doesn't in this day and age? I would eventually like to turn over completely to recycled metals, to fit comfortably with my policy of sourcing recycled/fair trade and ethically produced beads and materials wherever possible. Glasswing Jewellery strives to be an ethical and environmentally responsible company as far as possible. The main component of my work, is sea glass, - beautiful, magical, tumbled glass from the ocean - the product of yesteryear's litterbugs essentially! It's hand picked, local, resourceful and fun.
Deep oxidised heavy sterling silver ring set (6mm and 10mm)
Thursday, 11 June 2009
I am honoured when customers come to Glasswing for their wedding rings. I love to think that the rings I make, often as a pair, will be so significant, so lasting and precious. I have met some wonderful people too, through making those special rings.
Friday, 27 March 2009
Around and Around
I absolutely love the wrought iron look of these.
then wound it round fairly randomly, listening to the Rolling stones
in my workshop....Around and Around....
Deep red copper patina czech beads, and recycled turquoise glass beads
hang in the centre of sterling silver oval hoops on roomy earwires.
oxidisation, (rather than a chemical oxidisation), and
then tumble polished them for hours for a deep shine.
March 20th 2009
Signs of (summer?) life
This week though with Mother's Day fast approaching, there have been lots of orders to complete so I've been back in the workshop again. The orders are bound for Mums all over the world, including two in New York. I love thinking about my jewellery being made by me here in Penzance, and then being worn by lovely customers in far flung places.
January 31st 2009
New year, new creations
New for 2009 Stackable Sterling silver rings
I love these simple Glasswing stackable, personalised rings at the moment! They can be hand stamped with names, sentiments, dates, or left plain in glorious forged textured sterling silver.
January has been marked by a definite creative flurry in my jewellery workshop. Orders for Valentines and summer weddings, and the arrival of my long coveted, new stainless steel shot (tiny stainless spaceships, sausages and ballbearings made from lovely smooth stainless) means I am busier than ever, and I can now offer a wider choice of finishes. These rings are available in a high polished finish, as well as the oxidised and natural brushed finishes.
With the stainless shot, after soldering and shaping the jewellery, I can polish pieces to perfection in little more than 6 hours of tumbling. This is done by placing the jewellery and the shot in a tumbling barrel that then rotates and burnishes the silver. It's noisy, but worth it :)The wonderful feedback that has been coming in from my Christmas customers has really given me a big boost, and it's been quite an exciting time at Glasswing HQ.
Glasswing Jewellery has been getting a lot of interest recently, especially from those planning a wedding in Cornwall. Wedding jewellery made by local artists and craftspeople is always special, in Cornwall our artisan jewellery tradition like the many other design and crafts is strong and vibrant. Bespoke jewellery, custom made adds a wonderful personal touch for the special day, and for the years to come.
Glasswing Jewellery uses Cornish materials as far as possible, and I always use local suppliers for my business whenever I can. There has been an amazing upsurge in the trend for ethical jewellery, recycled jewellery and green jewellery, and eco jewellery. Cornish jewellery in hand crafted sterling silver by Glasswing and sea glass pieces incorporating recycled materials found on local Cornish beaches is an lovely choice for a Cornish wedding, or as reminder of a fabulous holiday.
November 27th 2008
'Gwedren an Mor' literally means glass from the sea in Cornish, a language which has had a recent revival in Cornwall. This is a lovely chunky forged sterling silver circle hung with a purest white rounded nugget of sea glass. Available with 18 or 16 inch sterling silver smooth snake chain.
November 19th 2008
Winter sea gems - new designs
Sterling silver forged and stamped ring pendant. "Marazion" - beautiful beach, beautiful name, where I found this sweet, perfect nugget of green sea glass.
October 30th 2008
Going green, and gorgeous.24/10/2008
Glasswing's designer maker, Kate Laity is continuing to develop her range of simple forged sterling silver jewellery using sea glass she has combed from the beautiful beaches of Cornwall in the UK where she lives. This season is all about sustainable luxury - and Glasswing's collection of glowing glass gems from the sea, some of them more than 100 years old, salvaged, polished then lovingly drilled, hung and set in 925 sterling silver certainly fit the bill. Look out for Glasswing's new collection of pendants and cufflinks, due to go on sale in time for Christmas. If you are looking for something unique, why not contact Kate who would be delighted to work on a special commission.
October 1st 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
by Maureen @ 9:56 am 1 comment »
I don't know if you've ever touched seaglass but its smooth surface feels quite soothing.
Check out Cornwall UK-based artist, Kate Laity's beautiful, handmade sterling silver jewelry made from two recycled materials - seaglass and silver, as well as her beaded butterflies and forged silver rings. The designer's cool collections are flavored by a fusion of the windblown natural beauty of her native West Cornwall, and her background and family heritage as a blacksmith.
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I really like her lightly textured rings! And the sea glass, of course.
July 17th 2008
Sea Glass Jewellery
There's nothing quite like the gentle glow of a piece of sea glass. It is the chemical changes that occur whilst the glass is tumbled against rocks, sand and seashells in the salty ocean that make the glass glow in that unique way.
These earrings combine sea glass and recycled glass, the latter I have salvaged myself from bottles and jars we have used at home. I have tumbled them in my trusty rock tumbler, a giant piece of engineering that I imagine was the height of technology at the time (? 1970's) for the serious lapidary hobbyist. The contrast is noticable between the sea glass and the recycled glass.
Seaglass and recycled glass sterling silver stack earrings
( seaglass found on St Ives Harbour beach)
Seaglass and silver spiral hoops
(seaglass found on Pentewan beach)
As sea glass becomes ever rarer, and the interest in upcycling and found objects means that its use in jewellery becomes more popular, some companies are 'manufacturing' sea glass, and passing it off as such, using tumbling techniques. Recycled glass is obviously beautiful in it's own right, however if you are keen to own a genuine piece of sea glass, it is important when buying to determine that you are buying the real thing. Many of the really special pieces can be over a hundred years old, discarded during another era, and painstakingly combed from the beaches after decades of smoothing in the deep, with all its history and magic evident in the sea glass glow.