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Recently on Facebook, I saw a meme that I absolutely loved and I certainly agree with. It said: “Life is too short to wear mass produced jewelry. Choose handmade.” There are so many reasons to go with handmade jewelry over made-in-China, mass produced jewelry. Besides the obvious quality differences, handmade jewelry has so much more personality and an originality you won’t find in mass production. And the designs of Lisa Burek Jewelry (this week’s featured wearable artist) is no exception.

Earth tone beaded bracelet - Lisa Burek Jewelry

Lisa Burek Jewelry is based in Oak Ridge, New Jersey. Jewelry designer Lisa Burek, has been creating gorgeous has had a love for artistic creation pretty much all of her life, but only caught the jewelry making bug in more recent years; in 2010 she and opened her shop on Etsy.

Gemstone Dangle earrings - Lisa Burek Jewelry

Lisa Burek Jewelry shows a beautiful mixture of colour and movement. And to make things even better, her work is all one-of-a-kind! Lisa works with a variety of different materials: precious metals, copper, gemstones, glass beads, sometimes even Sari silk ribbon yarns!

Blue Sari silk ribbon bracelet - Lisa Burek Jewelry

Lisa Burek is a member of the Artisan Group, as well as, a Self Representing Artist in Jewelry Design (SRAJD). Here are the links to where you can view more of her work:

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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.

If you would like to see more of her work, here’s where you can find her!:

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Collage of great Valentine's Day gifts

I don’t usually do an art feature on Friday, but as it’s Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do something special for it. So allow me to present to you a small selection of the Valentine’s Day delights that you can find in the world of handmade.

Orange and Pink Journal - The Nib and Quill

This is a beautiful, hand-bound journal by The Nib and Quill and is a one-of-a-kind piece. It has been bound in the coptic fashion with 11 chapters (also called “signatures”). Each of those chapters is wrapped with beautiful papers to make the piece all the more beautiful. The book also contains a small envelope inside the front cover to hide a special message! In all, it has 176 pages and measures at 4×4.

If you like this book, you should see the rest of them! You can find The Nib and Quill at the following links:

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Pink Scale Chainmaille Hairclips - Alyce n Maille

Cute, fun, and colourful, these scale chainmaille hair barrettes are handwoven by Alyce n Maille are sure to be noticed! Because they are made from anodized aluminum scales and bright aluminum rings, they are light weight so you won’t have to worry about whether they’d be too heavy to wear! From the end-to-end they are about 3.5 inches long with the flower being about 2 inches wide.

Alyce n Maille also offers these hair barrettes in other colours! You can find these and much more at her various online locations:

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Silk floral scarf - Tall Juniper

A beautiful white and floral (Georgette type) polyester silk scarf, this scarf was made by Mona Ankisetty of Tall Juniper. The pattern features red roses with just a hint of gold and silver sparkle. The scarf measures at 45×45 inches (105×105 centimeters).

Here’s where you can find more work by Tall Juniper!:


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Pink heart stretch bracelet set- Sassy Belle Wares

If you love stretchy bracelets, then you will love this set by Sassy Belle Wares! This is a set of 5 bracelets, you could wear them on their own, but they make a beautiful statement when worn together. The bracelets are made from pinkish-red glass beads with one bracelet featuring a Czech glass heart. They measure at 7 inches, but will fit most any wrist size because of being stretch bracelets.

Here’s where you can find Sassy Belle Wares!:

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Red rose necklace - Daria Bukesova

A classy and very elegant piece from Daria Bukesova. This beautiful red rose pendant is handcrafted from polymer clay and just perfect for Valentine’s Day! The pendant is about 3/4 of an inch in diameter and you can request either a 16in or 18 inch chain.

Want to see more by Daria Bukesova? You can find her here!:

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Valentine's Day dog collar - ShanB32Designs

Love your pets? Here’s a great Valentine’s Day gift to them! This 13 to 16 inch dog collar by The Furry Fiesta (ShanB32Designs) is made from all recycled materials and is sooooo cute! (I can see this looking so great on any of those fluffy little white dogs!!)

Here’s where you can find more great pieces by The Furry Fiesta (ShanB32Designs)!:

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Elegant gold bronze and pyrite teardrop necklace, unique art jewelry - Kathryn Designs LLC

Kathryn Designs LLC is a handmade jewelry arts business owned by artist Kathryn Doll. Kathryn Designs LLC is based in Atlanta, Georgia, although the artist herself is native to Louisville, Kentucky. Kathryn creates beautiful, handcrafted jewelry. Her love of jewelry started early: she used to pierce her Barbie doll’s ears and create jewelry for them.

Kathryn Designs LLC was born after the artist happened upon polymer clay and metal clay back in 2005. Up until then, she had been working with her Master’s Degrees in Art Therapy and Social Work, but was longing to be a full-time artist. Once she met those special clays, her new adventure as a jewelry artist began.

Colorful statement necklace garnets, dichroic glass, vintage inspired - Kathryn Designs LLC

Kathryn Designs LLC specializes in mixing modern style with the elements of traditional design. This design fusion has become her signature style.

As a member of The Artisan Group, Kathryn Designs LLC has had the excitement to see her jewelry given to a number of celebrities including: Selena Gomez, Stephanie Drapeau, Rachel Ray, Vanessa Lachey, and many others. Her jewelry has also been worn on The Vampire Diaries.

Modern dagger necklace, long pendant in gold bronze metal clay, handmade art jewelry, spear necklace - Kathryn Designs LLC

Here’s where you can find Kathryn Designs LLC!:

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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

Unfinished wood pendants by Banglewood Crafts

Banglewood Crafts is owned by artist and blogger Tiffany Hill and is a handmade craft supply store. She provides the handmade base product so that you can personalize it however you wish! Whether you purchase for your own personal DIY jewelry design or to decorate and then resell, if you are looking for a great source of handmade jewelry supplies, then Banglewood Crafts may be a good fit for you.

Unfinished wood bangels by Banglewood Crafts

Banglwwood Crafts offers unfinished wood forms for pendants, rings, bangles (of many different kinds), and other blank forms for jewelry use. They are great for decorating with paints, funky duct tape, fabric, decoupaging, or, really, any other method of beautifying, blinging, and bedazzling that you can think of! For something simple and elegant, just apply a stain and show off the beauty of the wood itself!

Tiffany Hill has been crafting pretty much all her life, and also has her own line of finished jewelry. She focuses, however, on selling her finished jewelry more at local venues, while her craft supply business is marketed online. In her blog, she often writes about, not just her business, but about other crafters and the benefits of crafting.

Decorated wood bangle by Banglewood Crafts

Here’s where you can learn more about Banglewood Crafts!

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"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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It’s Wearable Wednesday! Please allow me to introduce you to the beautiful seaglass jewelry of MakinTheBestOfIt. The artist behind MakinTheBestOfIt is Kimberly Kitchen. MakinTheBestOfIt is based in Point Pleasant, New Jersey and is the counterpart to Chainmaille by MBOI which is headed up by her husband Andrew Kitchen.

She and her husband have a bit of a craft obsession.  Between the two of them there is: seaglass jewelry, chainmaille jewelry , glass painting,  mixed media/altered art, and a handmade support community that’s growing into a bit of an empire! They currently run: Handmade Artists, It’s Better Handmade, and Promote Handmade.

Falling Leaves Sea Glass necklace by MakinTheBestOfIt

Every piece is carefully handmade with a lot of time and love poured into each piece. MakinTheBestOfIt creates stunning sterling silver and sea glass jewelry. All her pieces are one-of-a-kind. Not only is her jewelry entirely handmade, but she has also collected all the sea glass herself! In fact, she began making seaglass jewelry out of an addiction to seaglass collecting.  She had jars of the stuff all over the house and one day decided it was time to put them to use. And voilà! The seaglass jewelry line of MakinTheBestOfIt was born!

Rings of Glass sea glass necklace by MakinTheBestOfIt

Be sure to check out her store as MakinTheBestOfIt does more than just jewelry!

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