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  • Hi, I'm Diane Smith!
    Welcome to db silversmith designs.

All my life I have been interested in arts and crafts in a variety of mediums but when I stepped into a silversmith studio in 2005, after a life-long love of silver jewellery, I knew I had found my craft. WOW!

The end of my courses was just the beginning of a period of trial and error, practice and experimentation, which really never stops.

Early on I developed a love of sterling silver chainmail. The timeless elegance and variety of patterns in this one area of design is fascinating.

Freeform silver pieces enhanced with highlights of gold, semi-precious stones, glass work and beautiful pearls are another aspect to my designs.

From humble beginnings at juried art and crafts shows I have progressed to operating my boutique/studio in beautiful Historic Downtown Port Perry where my full range of designs can be seen.

If you cannot visit me in my studio I hope you will find that special item on my website.

Thank you for taking the time to browse and I hope you love my jewellery as much as I love making it!

  • techniques

For  pendants, necklaces, bracelets and earrings I cut, sand and polish sterling silver plate and wire into various designs.

To achieve more detailed designs and heavier pieces I use ”lost-wax” casting, and silver metal clay. Metal clay consists of fine particles of pure silver that are suspended in an organic binder, and once fired in a kiln the binder burns away to leave a 99.9% pure silver piece.

I also use sterling silver wire of different gauges and sizes for different components, including ear hooks and jump rings for chainmail.

All my chainmail designs utilize my own hand-wound and hand-cut jump rings which are woven into different traditional weaves. The finished piece is then tumbled to harden and polish the silver.

For designs incorporating semi-precious stones and glass lampwork beads the “art” is in blending the beauty of silver with the rich colours and textures of natural stones and the glass artistry of the lampwork bead
makers.
   

Ruby Necklace