Friday, February 16, 2018

Elsa - Rock Crystal Clear Quartz earrings wire wrapped in sterling silver. Jewelry design by Arctida.

New minimalistic bling bling in my shop :) This time it is Rock Crystal Clear Quartz earrings wire wrapped in sterling silver with pretty lever-backs. A gift idea for the ladies born in April or a simple pair of earrings for a bride-to-be perhaps...

Friday, February 9, 2018

Flower bracelet Fine silver Cubic zirconia. Jewelry design by Arctida.

Last spring I achieved my Precious Metal Clay certification and I thought I'll show you some of my exam work. The first one is a pretty Flower bracelet made of hand-carved fine silver flowers with Cubic zirconia and sterling silver findings.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Pearl earrings Keshi pearls Pink freshwater pearls and Rose Quartz in Argentium sterling silver. Jewelry design by Arctida.

The spring is only one month away and so is the start of the wedding season. I wanted to show you my latest custom order for a bride-to-be. She wanted a pair of earnings with classic white pearls but also lots of pink color mixed into design... So here is the result: Pearl earrings with white Keshi pearls, white coin pearls, different shade of pink freshwater pearls and Rose Quartz briolettes in Argentium sterling silver.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Natural leaf textured fine silver pendant. Jewelry design by Arctida.

The holidays are over and it is time to get back to blogging :) 

Last year I've started teaching beginner metal clay class and I thought I'll show you what my students can make in my classes. Here is the first one and it is one of the most popular projects for beginners - making a jewelry piece from real leaves. This pendant is made by me as a demo for my students using precious metal clay paste and I've chosen a Coleus leaf as a *model* because of it beautiful texture and pretty shape.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Massive silver ring, tree bark textured wide band. Jewelry design by Arctida.

New bling bling for the boys in my shop! This time it is a hand carved massive silver ring with tree bark texture for men or for the ladies who like wide bands. Its made of fine silver 999 and I can make it in any size or as wide/small as one might desire :)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cloisonné Enamel fine silver blue green Mosaic pendant. Handmade enameled jewelry by Arctida.

I've been wanting to try enameling for a some time now and so when the opportunity arose I had to take it! I've chosen Cloisonné enamel technique for my first pendant but more pieces with other  enamel techniques are on the way :)

Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects by fusing glass onto metal. It is a very specific and time consuming process but the end result can be spectacular and the colors will not fade because the material is glass.

For this piece I first made a patterned fine silver pendant, added fine silver cells (cloisons in French), filled them with different shades of blue greens enamels, made a number of successive firings to establish color control and hand polished the pendant to a glossy finish.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Elina - Golden Rutilated Quartz earrings and necklace set wire wrapped 14K gold filled. Handmade gemstone jewelry by Arctida.

One of my most favorite semiprecious gemstones to work with and to wear is Golden Rutilated Quartz. It looks like a frozen drop of water with small bars of imbedded gold. And when the light hits it just right all that gold explodes with tons of sparkles! oh and did you know what one of the names for Golden Rutile Quartz is Venus Hair Stone. The name is based on a beautiful legend. There was once Venus, goddess of love bathed in mountain springs. Having lost a lock of her golden hair, she returned to pick it up. But the time is a relative thing, what on Mount Olympus were only a few moments, on Earth were several months! The winter came and the water in the spring along with the hair was frozen. They looked so beautiful in the frozen water, so Venus decided to leave her wonderful hair, but turned the ice into a transparent stone first (from the Greek. "kristallus - ice) so that no one can take the hair of the goddess. And ever since that time people have found a clear crystal that holds the divine hair  of Venus. No wonder that gem is so beautiful! How can one not love the gem containg hair from the Goddess of Love?!

So here is my latest earrings and necklace set with Golden Rutilated Quartz and gold filled :)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Frost Ring - Tree Bark Ring handcarved textured sterling silver 960 and Cubic zirconia. Handmade metal clay jewelry by Arctida.

It is winter already in Northern Sweden, so its not surprisingly that my latest inspiration comes from frost covered tree branches. This time I've chosen to add a bit of bling bling, a round brilliant-cut Cubic zirconia that sparkles the same way frost does when the light hits it just right :) The ring is hand-carved from Precious Metal Clay Sterling 960. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

DIY Crystal Succulent garden - beautiful tabletop centerpiece

I love all kind of plants both indoors and outdoors, especially Succulents. I have a lot of different Succulent species at home and from time to time I like to make different home decor arrangements or Succulent gardens as they are called. Last week I decide to combine two of my passions Crystals and Succulents and show it here. So here it is, my miniature Crystal Succulent garden :)

If you wish to know how to make your own Succulent garden see my previous tutorial post with DIY instruction!

Eventually these little cuties will grow, divide, produce babies and they will need to be re-potted into a bigger bowl so they can look like this :)

   More of my DIY projects

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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