Wednesday, April 10, 2013

HAF artist feature - The Alchemist Vessel

I love the look of chainmaille.  Actually I love the look of anything Renaissance-y.  So I pretty much love anything you can find in Alix's shop The Alchemist Vessel.

"Chainmaille, Sterling Silver and Semi-precious Gemstone Jewelry. Specializing in unique handcrafted collectible artisan creations. All products are handcrafted with meticulous and loving care by Alixandra, the designer and owner."

Alix is very talented at designing jewelry.  Let's take a look...
Moors Malachite Azure set

I love the silver swirls in this necklace created with sterling silver and malachite with azurite beads.  Alix's Irish heritage shows in this piece, the silver and the green bringing to mind misty moors.  This necklace a nice long 20", and it comes with matching earrings.  

silver dragonscale bracelet

Now here is an amazing example of her chainmaille work.  This was listed just yesterday, and it's called dragonscale.  It is 1" wide, and looks so delicate, but the design also makes it very strong and sturdy.  I can't imagine the time and patience it took to connect all these little rings.  Stunning.

Alix opened a second shop on Handmade Artists for her fine jewelry, beautiful gemstones set in sterling silver.  I remember her struggling over a name for this shop, and I love the one she chose, Blackbird Metalworks
Let's take a peek...
filigree leaf ring

While I love bling...there is just something about silver.  And this sterling silver ring with a leaf motif is amazing.  This is a one of a kind ring, hand cast, sanded, and polished by Alix herself.  It's a size 8, so it would fit me almost perfectly. lol.

Now a little bit about Alixandra...she is good friend.  She is very active on the Handmade Artist forum, and on Etsy, and is full of advice and tips, and loves to help promote other artists.  And to that end, you can find her most everywhere on line, and at home she runs a retail venue for local artists in Boise, Idaho.  I love the name, "Little Shop of Artists".  That shows you the sense of humor she has, which is good for me, cuz she usually gets my off-center comments. (I hope, haha).
She is currently working on an e-book titled "In Chains" where she will share with us just how to connect all these little rings without losing our minds. :0)

Look for Alixandra and her designs at the following links, or at any of the links above.

Until tomorrow...
Be blessed,
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