Thursday, July 28, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Moss Agate

("Lovise" by Handmaden Designs)

Moss Agate is an unusual variety of Agate that contain minerals that form into filaments inside the Agate that resemble moss.The colour of these moss-like inclusions varies depending on trace elements of metal, and what metal it is will determine what colour the inclusions are.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


("Naida" by Handmaden Designs)

Freeform sterling silver and freshwater pearl silver-smithing pendant.  the pendant measures at just over 1 1/2 inches.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Nadine earrings v.8

("Nadine earrings v.8" by Handmaden Designs)

Copper and hot pink enameled copper and freshwater pearl Alternating Half-Romanov earrings.  earrings measure at 2 inches long.
Alternating Half-Romanov is an riginal design by Handmaden Designs.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Graveyard Point Agate

("Sheena" by Handmaden Designs)

Graveyard Point Agate is a kind of Plume Agate which comes from the Owyhee Mountains of Oregon.   It can have creamy white, yellow, pink, red,  and even some shades of blue.   It sometimes even contains speckles of iron pyrite. There is one variety of this plume agate called Regency Rose  which shows more colour.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sterling Silver/Tantalum Byzantine bracelet

("Sterling Silver/Tantalum Byzantine bracelet" by Handmaden Design)

This gorgeous Byzantine weave chainmaille bracelet is made from sterling silver and tantalum wire. Tantalum is a very rare metal with a gorgeous purple-ish grey colour.  This bracelet measures at about 7 3/4 inches long and about 1/4 inch wide.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


("Annika" by  Handmaden Designs)

Upcycled necklace made from jewelry parts salvaged from old jewelry parts and a piece of old hardware. The centerpiece of the necklace is an old keyhole.  The necklace also has Tiger-eye, Unikite, and Jasper beads. Measures at 20 and 5/8 inches long.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


("Lenora" by Handmaden Designs)

Steampunk/upcycled necklace/choker using old watch and jewelry parts.  The necklace/choker is just under 16 inches long

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


("Paaie" by Handmaden Designs)

Hammered copper wire pendant with pearl drop. The pendant is 2 inches long.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Gemstone of the Week; Amethyst

("Muriel" by Handmaden Designs)

Amethyst is a gorgeous form of Quartz.  It is generally purple or violet (sometimes there are varieties that are so pale in color they almost appear pink).  Amethyst can come in a wide range of purples. Some are a light lavender, while others may been so dark they are almost black in colour, while others still may be a deep purple with red flashes when viewed under the right lighting.  It is this evenly coloured, deep purple Amethyst with the red flashes that is the most valuable color.  Amethyst is valued anywhere between $2-$90 per carat, and is the February birthstone and 6th wedding anniversary stone.

First Craft Show of the Year!

Tomorrow is my first craft show of the year! It's the Sugar Springs Arts & Crafts Show at 5477 Worthington Ct, Gladwin, Michigan on Sugar River Road. The show starts at 10am and goes till 3pm.