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February 2017 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winner

Congrats to Heba, who was last month’s newsletter giveaway winner. She won a pair of aqua handmade Czech glass and sterling silver earrings.

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of chartreuse Czech glass earrings. You’ll be automatically entered in each month’s draw as long as you are signed up to receive my newsletter – if you’d like to win some earrings, make sure you’re subscribed!

January 2017 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winner

Congrats to Shari, who has won herself a pair of azure handmade Czech glass and sterling silver earrings in my latest newsletter giveaway. Way to go Shari! 

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of aqua Czech glass earrings. You’ll be automatically entered in each month’s draw as long as you are signed up to receive my newsletter – if you’d like some too, make sure you’re subscribed so you have a chance to win next time, won’t you?

December 2016 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winner

Congratulations to Ellen, who won the newsletter giveaway for last month. She has chosen these beautiful lavender drop earrings as her prize!

Lavender Drop Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of azure Czech glass earrings. You’ll be automatically entered in each month’s draw as long as you are signed up to receive my newsletter – and you’ll get news, discounts and eye candy galore!

November 2016 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winner

Congratulations are due to Jane, who won the newsletter giveaway for last month. She has chosen these fabulous apple green tube earrings as her prize!Apple Green Czech Glass Tube and Sterling Silver Earrings

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of purple Czech glass earrings. You’ll be automatically entered in each month’s draw as long as you are signed up to receive my newsletter – and you’ll get to see news, pretties and discounts!

October 2016 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winner

Stephanie was the winner of last month’s newsletter earring giveaway, so congrats to her!

Czech Earrings - Blue

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of green Czech glass earrings. Make sure you’re signed up to receive the newsletter – you’ll be automatically entered in each month’s draw as long as you are!

September 2016 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winner

Congratulations to Francek, who was the winner of last month’s newsletter earring giveaway.

Czech Earrings - Celadon

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of blue Czech glass earrings. Make sure you’re signed up to receive the newsletter, that’s how you get a chance to win each month! Have a good one!

August 2016 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winner

Congratulations to Nicole, who was the winner of the newsletter earring giveaway for last month.

Czech Earrings- Red

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of celadon Czech glass earrings. Make sure you’re signed up to receive my newsletter so you are in the draw!

July 2016 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winner

The newsletter earring giveaway for last month was won by Hazel – congratulations to her.

Czech Earrings - Grey

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of red Czech glass earrings. Make sure you’re signed up to receive my newsletter so you are in the draw!

June 2016 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winner

Congratulations to Susan, who won my newsletter earring giveaway for last month. Susan chose these triangle earrings from my black Czech glass earring selection.

Black Triangle Czech Glass Geometric Sterling Silver Modern Dangle Earrings

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of grey Czech glass earrings. Make sure you’re signed up to receive my newsletter – every subscriber gets a chance every month. Have a great July!

May 2016 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winners

It was The Silver Forge’s 4th anniversary last month, and the winners of my anniversary giveaways were Luella, Mandy, Cori and Emma. They won a pair of earrings of their choice from those pictured below. I ‘m always so glad to do a giveaway, it brightens my day! Fourth Anniversary GiveawayThe winner of the monthly newsletter giveaway for last month was Nari. A pair of these brown earrings are coming her way!

Czech Earrings - Brown

It was a lovely coincidence that three of these winners are fellow handcrafters. Mandy is co-owner at Ditto Crafts, who offer a variety of practical handmade gifts and accessories for all ages.

Ditto Crafts - Cactus

Lettuce Cactus by Ditto Crafts

Hexo Design is Cori’s label, and although Cori is taking some time out at present, we have almost enough of her fabulous shorts here at my place to last us for a little while!

Hexo Designs - Shorts

Roar Shorts by Hexo Designs

Nari creates under the name Nari Design Pot, and her felt fabric jewellery is the cutest!

Snow Mountain Brooch by Nari Design Pot

Snow Mountain Brooch by Nari Design Pot

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of black Czech glass earrings. Make sure you’re signed up to receive my newsletter, and you’ll automatically be in every draw!

April 2016 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winner

Congratulations to Joanna, who won my newsletter earring giveaway for last month. Her prize is a pair of chartreuse Czech glass earrings of her choice.

Chartreuse Czech Glass Earrings

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of brown Czech glass earrings. Make sure you’re signed up to receive my newsletter – May is The Silver Forge’s anniversary month, and there are some other giveaways that you might be interested in! Meanwhile, have a totally wonderful month!

March 2016 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winner

Janet won my newsletter earring giveaway for last month, which was a pair of aqua Czech glass earrings of her choice. Congrats to her!
Czech Earring Tile - Aqua

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of chartreuse Czech glass earrings. Make sure you’re signed up to receive my newsletter – there are plenty of giveaways to come! Good luck, and thank you as always.

February 2016 Newsletter Giveaway Prize Winner

Congratulations to Evonne, who won my newsletter earring giveaway for last month. Evonne chose herself a pair of these white peacock Czech glass and sterling silver earrings, which are in the mail to her as we speak.
White Peacock Czech Glass and Sterling Silver EarringsEvonne makes the most lovely bears (and other creatures) – look!  You can find these guys and their friends over at Vonne Bears. So cute!

Next month’s giveaway is a pair of aqua Czech glass earrings. Just make sure you’re signed up to receive my newsletter, and you are automatically entered into each month’s draw. Good luck, and thank you for your support!

Czech Glass Initial Earrings

Czech Glass Initial Earrings

One of my lovely clients asked if I could make simple wire earrings in the shape of initials, incorporating a bead.

Czech Glass Initial Earrings

What a cute idea! I don’t know if I can replicate every letter of the alphabet, but ‘L’ worked out pretty well I thought.

Czech Glass Initial Earrings

Thanks, Lithy! (Love your bead choice, too!)

 

Indigo Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Jewellery Set

Indigo Blue Cube Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

 

Toni fell in love with the indigo beads on these earrings, and after she had purchased herself a pair, she wondered if I could create her a matching bracelet and necklace.

 

Indigo Blue Cube Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Jewellery Set

 

I love getting custom requests, so I was happy to oblige!

 

Indigo Blue Cube Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Jewellery Set

 

Toni loves them, and has received lots of compliments. Happy all round!

Gorgeousness – Czech Glass Beads

Pink Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

Czech Glass beads (also known as Bohemian Glass or Druk beads) were created in Bohemia as early as 250 BC. Handmade glass beads have been found in graves excavated from the 10th century. In the 13th century, glass factories were opened in  the northern mountains. In the 16th century, a cottage industry of glassmakers providing glass beads to the larger jewelry factories began in the Bohemian cities of Jablonec, Stanovsko and Bedrichov.

Red Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

In the 19th century, no doubt spurred on by the industrial revolution, manufacturers developed special molds and machines to produce pressed-glass beads. Czech bead-making suffered setbacks because of the two World Wars, the Great Depression and Communist rule. Today, the industry has been revived, and Czech bead makers are again among the world leaders in bead manufacturing and exports.

Orange Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

Czech glass beads are available in a variety of colors and finishes. They come in opaque and solids, transparent, metallic and two-tone.

Green Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

How are these beads are made today? Well, glass cane rods are heated to a molten level and put into a pressing machine. The hot glass is then pressed into molds. A needle is inserted at the same time to produce the thread hole of the bead. After the pressed glass is molded it slowly cools. At this point, the beads are connected by excess glass around the edges. The pressed glass beads are placed into a tumbling cycle that will break off the excess glass. The beads will then be sent through another tumbling process that will smooth out imperfections and polish the beads.

 Blue Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

I love working with Czech Glass beads, not only because of the never-ending array of beautiful colours, shapes, sizes and opacities, but because of their fabulous history! I also love that they are glass, which as a natural substance has an elegance and timelessness about it.

Grey Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

At the moment, I’m having to restrain myself from buying a stack more Czech Glass beads to add to my already sizeable stash… willpower!!

Black Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

Which is your favourite of the Czech glass beads in these pictures? Do you wish The Silver Forge had other colours available? (Encouragement to fulfill my shopping dreams will always be appreciated! 🙂 )