Monday, October 31, 2011

Back from Workshop

Well, I'm back from last week's workshop at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, and it was a blast!!!!  I can't wait to take another workshop there!  I took Silver I with Vickie Prillaman and she is an excellent instructor! I would highly recommend her workshops to anyone looking to take a silver class at that school. We had five projects which I've posted below.


Project #1: Sterling silver with a scarab carved jade cabochon


Project #2: Pierced sterling silver roll-mill textured pendant backed with copper.


Project #3: Sterling silver domed bracelet with copper backing and textured links.


Project #4: Domed sterling silver earrings to match the bracelet we made.


Project #5: Sterling silver roll-mill textured and carnelian pendant.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Half Persian 4-1 Bracelet

("Half Persian 4-1 bracelet" by Handmaden Designs)

Sterling silver and copper Half Persian 4-1 chainmaille bracelet.  The bracelet is 8.25 inches long and just under 1/4 inch wide.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Latasti Micromaille Bracelet



("Latasti Micromaille Bracelet" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Sterling silver micromaille Latasti weave chainmaille bracelet the braceelt measures at 7 inches long and 1/4 inch wide.
Latasti is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Chainmaille Elf Ear-cuff

Earlier this year one of the chainmaille forums I frequent had a fantasy/mythogoly contest and I couldn't resist entering it.  So this is what I ended up making.



("Alvena" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
 A copper and freshwater pearl chainmaille elf ear-cuff :).  Who hasn't wanted pointy ears?

Available here:  http://www.handmadendesigns.com/product/alvena-elf-ear-cuff

Gemstone of the Week: Tanzanite


Tanzanite belongs to the Zoisite group of minerals.  It was discovered in the 1960's near Mt. Kilimanjaro and was given the name "Tanzanite" by Henry Platt, the then vice-president and director of Tiffany's, after its country of origin. Tanzanite is a beautiful stone that from one angle may appear blue, but from another purple.  There may even be flashes of red, green, yellow, or bown.  Tanzanite may even be a different colour indoors than it is outdoors. There are some disagreements among mineralogists as to what the term "Tanzanite" should refer to.  Some argue it should only be used to refer to the transparent blue-purple varieties of Zoisite, and that all other colours should be called by their mineralogical name "Zoisite".  However, often it is used to refer to the other colours simply because the name "Tanzantie" is more marketable than "Zoisite."  Tanzanite can have a per carat value of as high as $1,200 depending on the quality and colour of the stone. 

Kalysta


("Kalysta" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Copper and enameled copper woven-wire bracelet.  The bracelet measures at about 7.5 inches and 3/8 inch wide.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Steampunk Portfolio

I'm relatively new to Steampunk, but I have made a hand-full of pieces so far with every intention of making many, many more.  I hope you all enjoy it, and if anyone has any suggestions of how I can improve my Steampunk designs, by all means, please share your advice!

("Victoria:Daughter of Time" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
 
 
Reversible Steampunk watch pendant.  The copper has been heat patine-ed and the catch for attaching it on to a chain or ribbon is an old jewelry spring clasp.  The pendant measures at 2 and 3/8 inches long and 1 inch wide at the widest point.  
("Victoria: Wings of Time" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Victoria: Wings of Time

Steampunk and chainmaille necklace made from salvaged wire, keys, and other salvage. The weave is Oops, and the copper has been slightly heat patina-ed. The wing portion of the necklace centerpiece is an old belt buckle.

("Toothless the Dragonfly" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Toothless the Dragonfly

Wire and found object dragonfly sculpture. The body is made up of a rusty screw-bit I found outside while taking a walk, the rest is made from 20ga and 28ga wire. The 2 1/8 inches long with a wingspan of 4 3/4 inches and stands about 1 inch tall.

("Arachnida Typographicus" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
 Arachinda Typographicus

Steampunk spider sculpture made from old watch parts, typewriter parts, wire, and a bead. The spider has about a 7 inch leg-span.

("Beatrice" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

High-class steampunk/upcycled Marcasite necklace.  The necklace is made from old jewelry and watch parts.  The watch-pendant does work.  The necklace is 18 3/4 inches long.

("Lenora" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

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

("Helena" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

 Steampunk pendant made from oxidizing copper and an old watch. The pendant is a wire-wrapped pendant and measures at 1.75 inches long and just over 1 inch wide.

("Louisa: Time Flies" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

This piece started as a small sculpture I'd named "Lepidoptera Timex," but as the sculpture was so small I decided to turn it into the centerpiece for a necklace instead. "Louisa: Time Flies" is a Steampunk necklace created from old watch parts, salvaged chains, couple beads, and scraped electrical wire.  The butterfly centerpiece is a small sculpture measuring at 1.5 inches across, 1.25 inches deep, and 3/8 inches high. The necklace measures at 18.75 inches long.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Louisa: Time Flies

("Louisa: Time Flies" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Steampunk necklace created from old watch parts, salvaged chains, couple beads, and scraped electrical wire.  The butterfly centerpiece is a small sculpture measuring at 1.5 inches across, 1.25 inches deep, and 3/8 inches high. The necklace measures at 18.75 inches long.
 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Lynette


("Lynette" by Handmaden Designs)
My newest chainmaille piece :).  I'm very, very happy with how this one turned out.  The entire necklace was design around the central stone (a Holly Blue Agate).  The stone was a gift from a friend from a number of chainmaille forums.  The weaves are Sagittarian +1 and Elfsheet.  Materials used were copper, lavender and peacock freshwater pearls, and Holly Blue Agate.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Rhodocrosite


Rhodocrosite is mineral of Colorado and in its best quality is gorgeous transparent red gem, however, most often it is found as an opaque, pink banded stone.  The highest quality Rhodocrosite are found in Alma, Colorado and is very, very rare.  Rhodocrosite of the opaque variety can be found in Peru, Argentina, South Africa, Mexico, and Japan.  The mine where the transparent variety are known to be found, has unfortunately closed. Rhodocrosite that is transparent can have a value of $150-$500 per carat in stones that weigh above a carat and as much as $1,000 per carat for stone that are above 10 carats.  Some Rhodocrosite may be red and translucent, and they are often cut into cabochons instead of faceted and are often valued at $5-$20 per carat.  In South Africa a red to orangey-brown transparent Rhodocrosite is sometimes found and has a value of between $100-$300 per carat.  The hardness of Rhodocrosite is a 3.5-4.5 on the Mohs scale. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Kaelea set

("Kaelea set" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

This is a copper and enameled copper Celtic Star/Celtic Visions necklace, earrings, and bracelet set with Jade beads.  The necklace measures at 17.5 inches, the bracelet is just over 8.5 inches long, and the earrings are just over 3 inches long.  I can resize any of them if needed.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Helena

("Helena" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Steampunk pendant made from oxidizing copper and an old watch. The pendant is a wire-wrapped pendant and measures at 1.75 inches long and just over 1 inch wide.