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Ok, so, as promised, here is the first post according to my new post schedule! Starting things off, is an announcement for my newest jewelry line: hair jewelry!

Hair Jewelry – ‘Aoifa’ design

Hair Jewelry - Aoifa design

This is the first of many more pieces of hair jewelry to come. It’s a sterling silver and Freshwater Pearl Mobius flower chainmaille and metalsmithing hair fork. Alternatively, if you don’t where hair jewelry, hair forks also work great as shawl/scarf pins. The total length of this hair fork is nearly 3 inches long. For anyone interested, it is available on my website.

I’m extremely happy with how this piece turned out. It’s simple, yet very elegant and not as easy to make as it looks! Hair jewelry is actually pretty tricky to make, and this piece was no exception. When it come to making hair forks, the trickiest part of this kind of hair jewelry is the shaft. Besides making sure you have a good wire gauge/temper, it is very easy to over work the zig-zag kink pattern that helps to keep the hair jewelry in your hair.

No idea when they will be finished, by more designs and styles are on their way! From hair forks, to hair combs, to hair sticks!

Been working on some new bracelets and just wanted to share! I came up with a new design while goofing around with Celtic Spike Flowers, and, because of the shape, I’ve decided to call them Celtic Raindrops. Hope you like them!

Celtic Raindrops bracelet (sterling/Black Onyx) - Handmaden Designs LLC

Celtic Raindrops bracelet #1: Sterling silver with Black Onyx beads. Measures at just under 7.5 inches long.

Celtic Raindrops (Sterling/Kyanite) - Handmaden Designs LLC

Bracelet #2: Sterling silver with Kyanite beads. Measures at just short of 7.5 inches long.

Celtic Raindrops (Sterling/Jade) - Handmaden Designs LLC

#3: Sterling silver with Jade. This bracelet is just over 7 inches long.

Celtic Raindrops (Sterling/Fire Agate) - Handmaden Designs LLC

4th (but certainly not going to the be last) Celtic Raindrops bracelet: Sterling silver with Fire Agate. This one measures at just under 7 1/4 inches long.

I really love how this design turned out and will definitely be making more of these! I will also be making some of these in copper/enameled copper. What do you think? Would love some feedback on the new design!

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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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"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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