Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sasha




("Sasha" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

This is a Romanov chainmaille bracelet in Copper and Unakite.  The bracelet is about 7 inches long and about a 1/2 inch wide.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Natalya




("Natalya" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Romanov Square copper bracelet with Garnet and Black Onyx beads. Every ring has been made by hand.  The bracelet is 7.5 inches long and just over 1/2 inch wide.

Romanov Square is a design based off of Inverted Romanov and is an original design by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Anastasia




("Anastasia" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

This beautiful chainmaille bracelet is made entirely of copper and Green Aventurine.  Every ring has been handmade, as well as, clasp. The bracelet is 7.75 inches long and 3/4 inch wide at the widest point.

Anastasia is a design bassed off of Alternating Half-Romanov and is an original design by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Bloodstone

(Bloodstone image found on IndependantJewelers.com)

Images of Bloodstone

Bloodstone is an interesting variety of Chalcedony.  It is a dark green stone with red spots and was named bloodstone because the red spots resembled drops of blood.  Bloodstone is also known as Heliotrope which comes from to Greek words: "helio" meaning sun, and "trepein" meaning turning. Bloodstone is most often an opaque stone, but sometimes it can be somewhat translucent. It can be found in India, Brazil, and Australia.  Bloodstone can often be purchased at prices anywhere from $5-$50 per stone.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Siren Sheet

("Siren Sheet" by  Handmaden Designs LLC)
Siren Sheet is the sheet weave version of Siren. It is a Moibus/European based weave and is closely related to Reverse Folded Spiral Sheet.

Siren Sheet is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Siren

("Siren" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Siren is a Moibus based weave and is related to Escalus, Nasicornis, Echis, Prospero, Yorick, Phoenician, Nineveh, and Hortensius. It may also be related to the Allure and Charm Linkage weave groupings.

Siren is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Gemstone of the Week: Topaz



Topaz as a lovley gemstone that can come in all sorts of colours.  It can be colourless, brown, blue, yellow, pink, or green.  Often, colourless  Topaz can be treated to either change colour, or coated in a thin film of milar to make it was is called "Mystic Topaz" or "Rainbow Topaz." Topaz has an orthorhombic crystal structure and has a subconchoidal to uneven fracture.  Topaz has a fairly wide range of values.  It can be as low as $20 per carat to over $2,000 per carat depending on the colour, size, and quality of the stone.  The most valued colour for Topaz is generally thought to be the strong pink or top-grade red Topaz, and the least valuable being the colourless.  Topaz can be found in Brazil, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Japan, Tasmania, Scotland, and the U.S. (and quite possibly more). 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Macedonian bracelet




("Macedonian bracelet" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

This sleek bracelet is a Macendonian weave chainmaille bracelet made from enameled copper.  Every ring is handmade, as well as, the clasp.  The bracelet is just under 7.5 inches long and is just over 1/4 inch wide.

Macedonian is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Hortensius

("Hortensius" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Hortensius is a Moibus/Mage based weave and related to Nasicornis, Prospero, Yorick, Escalus, Eschis, Phoenician, and Nineveh.

Hortensius is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Nineveh

Nineveh is a Persian/Moibus that appears to be somewhat related to the weave Horsefeathers.

Nineveh is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Escalus

("Escalus" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Escalus is a Moibus based weave with a slight Rhino interaction. It is closely related to the weaves Prospero and Yorick.

Escalus is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Nasicornis bracelet




("Nasicornis bracelet" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

This sleek chainmaille bracelet, is entirely made of copper.  It is a Nasicornis weave bracelet and every ring has been made by hand, as well as, the clasp.  The bracelet is 7.25 inches long and 1/4 inch wide.

Nasicornis is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC

Macedonian

("Macedonian" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Macedonian is Moibus/European/Persian based weave. It was made while experimenting with making a European 6-1 based Elfweave variant, but resulted in a weave combining structural aspects of Elfweave, European 6-1, and Full Persian.

Macedonian is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Nadine earrings v.9

("Nadine earrings v.9" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Cute copper and Rose Quartz earrings perfect for a lover of pink!  These Alternating Half-Romanov earrings are 1.5 inches long and every ring has been made by hand, as well as, the earring hooks.

Alternating Half-Romanov is an original design by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Oana

("Oana" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

These petite earrings are great whether you need to be dressed up are simply casual.  They are copper and enameled copper wdith freshwater pearls.  The name of the weave is Byzantine Ladder, and every ring has been coild and cut by hand.  Even the earring hooks are handmade. The earrings measrue at just under 1.5 inches long.

Echis

("Echis" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Echis is closely related to Nasicornis. Like Nasicornis, it is a weave I came across while making Crotalus. It is a Moibus based weave. (And also like Nasicornis and Crotalus, it has been given a snake's Latin name.)

Echis is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Yorick

("Yorick" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Yorick is a Moibus/European/Persian weave (with a slight Rhino interaction). It is closely related to the weave Prospero. (The name is do the that fact that I'm a little bored regarding weave names, and so decided to go with a Shakespearean theme.) 

Yorick is one of my own weaves.

Gemstone of the Week: Celestite

(Celestite image found on Exceptional Minerals.com
 Images of Celestite

Celestite is a transparent to translucent crystal that is generally either clolourless, white, red, green, blue, or brown.  It often forms as tabular crystals, but may also be massive, fibrous, granular, or nodular.  It's name 'Celestite' comes from the Latin word 'coelestis' meaning "heavenly,"  it was given this name because of the stone's colour.  It is a stone with perfect cleavage, and an uneven fracture.  Celestite is found in Madagascar, Mexico, Italy, Canada, England, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and the U.S.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Prospero

("Prospero" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Prospero is a Moibus/European weave (with a slight Rhino interaction) that is closely related to the Persian weave Half Persian 3 in 1 Flip. Prospero is one of my own weaves.

Antheia

("Antheia" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

These earrings are perfect for the lady that loves pink!

These cute and colourful earrings and made from copper and enameled copper with freshwater pearl beads.  The chainmaille pattern used is Inverted Romanov.  They measure at 1.75 inches long and 1/2 inch wide at the widest point andthen taper downwards.

Inverted Romanov is an original design by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Camilla

("Camilla" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

These simple, yet elegant earrings are made of copper andagate teardrop beads.  the weave used is Nasicornis, and every ring has been made by hand, as well as, the earring hooks.  They measure at 2.25 inches long.

Nasicornis is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Nasicornis

("Nasicornis" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Nasicornis is weave belonging to the Moibus and Mage weave families. I stumbled upon it while making Crotalus. Nasicornis is one of my own weaves.

Tabitha

("Tabitha" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

These lovely earrings are Byzantine weave chainmailles earrings made of copper with red Jasper and Brecciated Jasper beads.  They measure at 2.25 inches long.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Nadine v.4


("Nadine v.4" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Copper and Rose Quartz Alternating Half-Romanov chainmaille bracelet.  The bracelet is 7.25 inches long about 1/4 inch wide.

Alternating Half Romanov is an original design by Handmaden Designs.

Gemstone of the Week: Rose Quartz

 ("Nadine v.4" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
(Rose Quartz image found on Mineral Atlas.com)

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Rose Quartz is the name suggests is the pink variety of Quartz.  It is a translucent or transparent stone.  It is mostly found as massive aggregates, but occasionally ( though rarely) it will be found as crystals.  There is also a star, or cats-eyed variety of Rose quartz.  Rose Quartz is found all over the place, but some of the most notable are: Madagascar, Brazil, Russia, Sweden, Namibia, Spain, Scotland, and the U.S.  Rose Quartz is generally $2-$25 per stone.