Morecambe Steampunk Festival – June 2017


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Morecambe’s Victorian promenade railway station – ‘The Platform’, and the beautiful Winter Gardens were the splendid venues for a bazaar of the bizarre.

There was a stupendous array of Steampunk traders, including costumiers, memorabilia, gifts, crafts and curios delighting all with their marvellous merchandise. After a busy day of browsing the wares, it was time to retire to the tea room for a spot of afternoon tea and a spot of tiffin (or even a slice of red velvet cake).

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Finally how else could you end the day but with a promenade down Morecambe’s fine Promenade.

And it’s all happening again from the 13th – 15th October 2017.

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Brief History : Sea glass


‘Sea glass’ and ‘beach glass’ are very similar but come from two different types of water. ‘Sea glass’ is physically and chemically weathered glass which can be found on beaches along bodies of salt water. This weathering process produces a natural frosted glass. ‘Beach glass’ comes from fresh water and has a less frosted appearance than sea glass. Sea glass can take 20 to 30 years and sometimes as much as 50 years, to acquire its characteristic texture and shape.

Sea glass begins life as normal shards of broken glass that are then persistently tumbled and ground by waves until the sharp edges are smoothed and rounded. In this process, the glass loses its slick surface but gains a frosted appearance over the many years of being weathered by the sea.

The colour of sea glass is determined by its original source. Most sea glass comes from bottles, a lot of which are waste products from Victorian glass factories or ship wrecks, although it can also come from jars, plates, windows, windshields, ceramics or pottery. The most common colours of sea glass are green, brown, and clear. Many of these colours come from bottles used for beer, or soft drinks. Clear or white glass is also fairly common and is usually from clear plates and glasses, or assorted other sources. Less common colours include jade or amber, forest green, and ice- or soft blue. Purple sea glass is very rare, as is citron, opaque white, cobalt and cornflower blue and aqua. Extremely rare colours include gray, pink, teal, black (older, very dark olive green glass), yellow, turquoise, red and orange (the least common type of sea glass, found once in about 10,000 pieces).

Sea glass is collected the world over as it is a true natural gem with variations in the frosting and pitting representative of the fact that it’s beauty is created by nature, recycling what man has thrown away.

Genuine sea glass is never perfect; it will typically have a frosted finish, surface imperfections and it is rarely symmetrical.

Sea glass is also known as ‘Mermaid’s Tears ‘ as it was said that every time a sailor drowned at sea, the Mermaids would cry and the glass was their tears washing up on the shore.

Having recently developed a fascination with sea glass, I have spent some lovely sunny afternoons hunting for sea glass at Morecambe and Half Moon Bay which I am currently incorporating into some new jewellery designs that I am hoping to list on my Folksy shop shortly.

Watch this space for more information (and pictures) on my own sea glass projects.

Vintage By The Sea Morecambe 2015


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The fantastic setting of Morecambe’s seafront provided the backdrop that was transformed into a multi-venue playground where, visitors learned the dances’, took in specially curated live performances, listened to exclusive DJ sets, enjoyed evocative fashion, brilliantly conceived food and cocktails, ogled over beautiful vintage vehicles or took advantage of the decade specific hair and beauty makeovers and all the wonderful vintage shopping that was on offer.

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A Splendid Day Out


The next ‘A Splendid Day Out’ is due to be held on 9th and 10th October 2015 at the Platform in Morecambe.

There will be Friday night entertainment (still TBC) followed by a Steampunk Market and entertainment on the Saturday. For further details visit  http://asplendiddayout.com/new-dates-9th-10th-october-2015/

In the meantime – here are some pictures from the last event held in May.

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Brief History : Paperweights


Fine glass paperweights are widely produced, collected, and appreciated as works of art and are often exhibited in museums. They are made entirely of glass by sole artisans, or factories, usually in limited editions. They first began to be produced, especially in France, in about 1845, but began a sustained revival and rise in popularity in the middle of the twentieth century.

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Visible flaws, such as bubbles, striations and scratches will affect the value. Glass should not have a yellow or greenish cast, and there should be no unintentional asymmetries, or unevenly spaced or broken elements. Generally, larger weights are more costly and desirable. In a modern piece, an identifying mark and date are imperative.

Types of glass paperweight:

Collectors may specialize in one of several types of paperweights, but more often they wind up with an eclectic mix.

Millefiori (Italian-thousand flowers) paperweights contain thin cross-sections of cylindrical composite canes made from coloured rods and usually resemble little flowers, although they can be designed after anything, even letters and dates.

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Lampwork paperweights have objects such as flowers, fruit, butterflies or animals constructed by shaping and working bits of coloured glass with a gas burner or torch and assembling them into attractive compositions, which are then incorporated into the dome. This is a form particularly favored by studio artists. The objects are often stylized, but may be highly realistic.

Sulfide paperweights have an encased cameo-like medallion or portrait plaque made from a special ceramic that is able to reproduce very fine detail. They often are produced to commemorate some person or event.

Swirl paperweights have opaque rods of two or three colours radiating like a pinwheel from a central millefiori floret. A similar style, the marbrie, is a millefiori containing weight that has several bands of color close to the surface that descend from the apex in a looping pattern to the bottom of the weight.

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Today you can find a variety of paperweights at flea markets, or car boot sales, but if you are looking for really old or valuable paperweights to add to your collection then most of these would be found in private sales, auction houses, or through dealers.

Collecting glass paperweights can become an investment opportunity if you fancy. However if you do decide to invest in older or more collectable pieces then make sure you are dealing with reputable dealers. Remember to always do your homework first before starting any collection. Also, never forget the most important reason for collecting anything: first and foremost, collect what you like and will enjoy!

 

(Source: Wikipedia)

A Splendid Day Out


A Splendid Day Out is an Steampunk inspired artisan market which is  held at The Platform in Morecambe. The last event was held  on 18th October.

Featuring many stalls selling a vast array of wondrous and curious things combined with eclectic folk music provided by Rich Tea and and Steampunk guitarist –  Brickdust, all topped off with a spot of customary Tea duelling.        
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From Captain Cumberpatch’s Curious Creations stall.

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to handcrafted leather pouches and teacup holders

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to everything for the aspiring Pirate (or Piratess)

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all topped off with a customary spot of Tea duelling.

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It was all in all a most Splendid Day out indeed.

 

For information on future events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/587905427952979/?fref=ts