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So last year one of the new things I decided to experiment with was Prismacolor on copper. However, the bracelet project I’d planned did not go quite as expected. The original idea was a single bracelet with three Prismacolor on copper panels with chainmaille making up the rest of the bracelet’s body. However, after getting two of the panels to solder with minimal issue, the third one apparently decided it didn’t like me. I could get the the connector rings to solder just fine on one side of the panel, but on the otherside (no matter what I did) they simply refused to solder. Most likely, there was a miniscule gap somewhere between the sheet and the rings, but nothing I did (even using binding wire) could get it to solder. So, what started out as one bracelet, due to the stubbornness of silver soldering, ended up turning into two Prismacolor on copper bracelets plus a few other non-Prismacolor pieces not shown here.

Prismacolor on copper bracelet - Handmaden Designs LLC

This is the first of the two bracelets that resulted from the change in project plans. While the centerpiece of the bracelet is the eye-poping Prismacolor on copper, the rest of the bracelet is made from sterling silver. The body of the bracelet is the classic chainmaille weave: European 4in1. Before being coloured, the copper sheet was hand embossed by hammering copper swirls onto it to give the sheet more detail. The bracelet measures at just over 7 inches long and is 1 inch wide at the wisest point.

Prismacolor on copper bracelet - Handmaden Designs LLC

This is my personal favorite of the two bracelets. I just love the colours and while the granulation was a pain, I love the result and would endure all the frustration all over again! Like the other bracelet, this is a sterling silver bracelet with hand embossed Prismacolor on copper focal-point. This one, however, uses a micromaille Half-Persian 3in1 weave with granulation accents. It measure at 7.75 inches long and 1 inch wide at the widest point.

While it was frustrating that my original plan did not work out, I actually like the results of the two bracelets much better!

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"Claramae" multichain bracelet gifted to the stylist of Cedar Cove - Handmaden Designs LLC

I am so happy with how this piece has turned out! “Claramae” is multichain bracelet design. This one is made with copper, Quartz crystal, and freshwater pearl and features Half-Byzantine chainmaille segments. It measures at about 7.5 inches long when, when twisted, can be made as small as 6.5 inches.

Thanks to The Artisan Group, the original “Claramae” multichain bracelet shown above is being gifted to the stylist of “Cedar Cove” on the Hallmark Channel to be considered for use on the show!

I will be adding this design to my website soon and will be offering it in both copper and sterling silver, as well as, in different stones.

Will let you know if it gets selected to be used on the show!!

Black/Red Glass and Chainmaille Catepillar Bracelet - Kat Wisniewski of Elemental Art Jewelry

I would like to introduce you to one of my fellow chainmaille artists, Kat Wisniewski of Elemental Art Jewelry. Kat Wisniewski founded Elemental Art Jewelry in 2005 and is based in Chicago, Illinois. Elemental Art Jewelry focuses on the fusion of chainmaille and glass to create beautiful, unique, and fashionable jewelry.

Decadent Confection necklace - Kat Wisniewski of Elemental Art Jewelry

Kat Wisniewski brings into her designs a love of geometry/symmetry, architecture, colour, and texture. Elemental Art Jewelry is foremost in the jewelry design genre of, as she calls it, “glass-chainmaille.” Along with the glass beads, she uses sterling silver, copper, and aluminum to create her designs.

Celtic Diamond pendant - Kat Wisniewski of Elemental Art Jewelry

Kat Wisniewski is also a member of The Artisan Group and recently participated in the 2014 GBK Golden Globes Celebrity Gift Lounge. Her Celtic Diamond pendant design, as shown above, was included in all the celebrity gift bags for that event.

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Lileas: Celtic Spike Flower chainmaille bracelet - Handmaden Designs LLC

Introducing my new line of chainmaille bracelets! I decided to name the line “Lileas.” The Lileas bracelets use a chainmaille design called Celtic Spike Flower. They are a modification of my popular bracelet line “Annora” a regular Celtic Flower chainmaille design.

Lileas: Celtic Spike Flower chainmaille bracelet - Handmaden Designs LLC

This Celtic Spike Flower bracelet is made from enameled copper with a copper hook-and-eye clasp.  The colours used are two shades of pink (hot pink and fuchsia), burnt orange, and two shades of brown.  It uses six different ring sizes, and  two different wire gauges (not including a different gauge used for the clasp).  As with all my chainmaille, every link in the bracelet has been made by hand (I love my saw!).  The clasp is also handmade.  The bracelet measures at 8.25 inches long.

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Lileas: Celtic Spike Flower chainmaille bracelet - Handmaden Designs LLC

"Neassa" sterling silver and Carnelian necklace by Handmaden Designs LLC

This necklace will always hold a special meaning to me. It was the my first time ever soldering and I am incredibly happy with how it turned out. However, the funny thing about this piece though is that when I started I was not planning on making a necklace. I’d originally planned to make a ring, but once I’d soldered the first shank wire to the setting I just couldn’t for the life of me get the other shank wire to solder on the other side. So, after a long drawn-out battle with the solder, I decided to not risk destroying what I had gotten to solder and made a necklace from it instead.

The necklace is entirely made from sterling silver and is entirely handmade. The setting is a handmade open-back, cabochon prong setting, and the chain is a combination of different chain types. It use beaded links, regular 2in1 chain, soldered figure-8 links, and sections of micromaille Barrelweave. All the stones are genuine Carnelian, and the central Carnelian is an 8x10mm cabochon. The necklace measures at 17.5 inches long.

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Liberty Style Celtic Revival chainmaille necklace/earrings set by Handmaden Designs LLC

I love this set. It’s made from sterling silver and enameled copper and features Chrysocolla beads.  When making this set I was inspired by the Archibald Knox designs created for Liberty & Co. during the late 1890s through the late 1910s., particularly, his Celtic Revival designs. Every link in this set has been coiled and cut by hand.  The weaves featured are various forms of Celtic Visions based chainmaille units.

The necklace itself measures at 18 inches long with the centerpiece extending downwards 3 inches.  The earrings are 2.25 inches.

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