Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Studio News Jewlery Classes New for the Holidays

Trick or Treat!

I do love the middle of the week, and what more can I say, other than of course I have a treat for you!

I spent yesterday at the work bench, assembling samples for the brand new Jewelry Class projects starting in November and available through December at your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
1085 Milwaukee
Boise, ID 
Instructor: Alixandra Browning of The Alchemists Vessel

Jewelry Making Basics or Jewelry 101 is always offered and includes an overview of supplies, tools and basic jewelry making terms and techniques.  Students take home a project they choose to make during class.  $35.00 for a 2-1/2 hour session.  Includes a field trip through the aisles.

This months projects are pretty and versatile! Simple, fun, fabulous, and  just in time for the Holidays!  Sign up and make presents for your Mom, sister, daughter, Grandmother, or all your girl-friends, in their favorite colors!  Easy and quick these projects have endless possibilities for color combinations!

Jewelry 102

Solar Chic is the first project.  $30.00 for a 2 hour session.  The Class includes both the Earrings and Bracelet.  Project materials are purchased in advance by the student, and tools are provided in the classroom.  In keeping with the Class Instructions and using the suggested materials, and still managing to keep the project unique and different; the goal of the class is to teach the techniques and let the student use their design idea to complete the piece.

Material lists and Class Schedules are provided at time of sign up.  

Suggested materials
Ear Wires
Memory Wire
6mm and 4mm *Bi-cone Beads in your favorite color.
*Project instructions call for Swarovski Crystals in Green (Mix)
Sturdy wire cutters (Memory Wire fights back!)
Round Nose pliers

Solar Chic Earrings
Memory wire and two sizes of Bi-cone shaped glass beads make up this cute and illusion-like pair of earrings.

Solar Chic Matching Bracelet

Memory wire and the same Bi-cone shaped glass beads with an added color or two create this cute, super simple, and very shiny bracelet.

Jewelry 201

I don't design the projects I just make the samples and teach the class, like they tell me.

Bow Tie Necklace - $30.00 for a 2 hour session.

This pretty project has a surprise, not constructed as you think it might be, the double strand is an eye-fetchingly sparkly and charming bit of decoration.  Great for teens, the office, or to match that Holiday outfit!  The Bow Tie may be attached or removed for two different looks.

Suggested Materials:
Silver Chain
4mm *Bi-Cone Beads
*Project instructions call for Swarovski Crystals in Siam
6mm Jump Rings
Head Pins
Lobster Claw Clasp (or choice)
Beading Wire (7 Stand)
Round Nose pliers
Wire Cutters

Silver (white metal) chain is the basis for this piece.  Shown here without the beaded Bow Tie Accent.


Shown here with the addition of the Bow Tie. 


Bow Tie accent.  Bow is created with 4mm beads.

This pieces can be made in any color combination or solid color of choice.

Thank you for stopping in and having a look.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a very Spooky Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Great Gift Ideas Four (4) from the Web

Good Morning,
Tuesday is here and we have four more items to look at for gift ideas.  I know I usually have five but I am short one today.

From: Resin Road

Silver Resin Pendant Necklace - Red Pink Rose, Irish Miniature Georgian Dublin Door

Description: A hand drawn illustration by myself of one of Dublin’s colourful Georgian Doors. The illustration is coloured in warm tones of rose tinted Indian ink with an 'ombre' effect and is encased under a layer of crystal clear resin to protect it. It is mounted in a rectangular silver plated tray and comes with an 18” long silver plated link chain.

The pendant comes beautifully gift wrapped- an extra little gift to you!
Each pendant also comes with a little handcrafted token detailing the charismatic character who lived behind your chosen door and the evening you will enjoy with them once invited in. 

From Jackie Guttuso Designs

Acorn Art Original Fall Home Decor

 Description:  This richly colored 5 x 7 " collage of an acorn is an original, one of a kind piece. It was created with acrylic paint on professional grade heavy watercolor paper. It has an additional 1/8" white border for ease in framing. It comes unframed and unmatted. View photo samples for framing suggestions and to see my other coordinating fall collages. (Not included-click links below to view)

From: Emily Andrews

Brown Beaded Owl Necklace

 Description: A glass and wooden beaded necklace with a beautiful metal owl pendant. This double stand necklace features glass beads that are a bronze-gold metallic colour with an alternating pattern of brown wooden beads. The owl pendant is brown with black gemstone eyes and is 3.25cm long. The full length of the necklace is 48cm and it has two lobster clasps. 

From  Sues Arts

Vintage Beauty Cameo  Necklace

Description:  Gorgeous looking vintage image of an old beauty that is ever lasting...

This is a large cameo setting in antique silver. Custom print and design that is unique and one of a kind. Frame size about 21/2 x 2.

Necklace is about 18" long but can be adjusted per request with no extra charge.



In hope that inspiration to check out some of these shops has struck.  Thank you for stopping in and having a look.

T he Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.

Monday, October 29, 2012

New Item and News Item

Good Morning,

Monday is here and with it a new item.  

Blue Streak Sterling Silver Plated and Czech Glass Bead Bracelet

Description: Micro Maille is named for it's size. At dimensions smaller than a dime, this stunning and feminine bracelet is an eye-catcher. Tailored enough for the office, great for date night, or that casual weekend out fit that needs a little jazzing up, the simple design will go with everything in your wardrobe.

8-3/4" long, this average length bracelet is made from Sterling Silver plated (over brass), wire, that is hand-spun, cut and linked in the European 4 - in 1 chainmaille pattern. Accented with Czech glass silver-lined beads in a gorgeous Sapphire blue. Finished with a solid Sterling Silver Lobster claw clasp

Customizable, may be made to desired length and in your favorite bead color or metal of choice.

*Precious metals are available upon customer request, please read the shop's policies for details. 

For those of you that have been following along with the sporadic posts, may have guessed by now that I am attempting to open a physical location for local and not so local Artists.

We have a great location off Fairview, in Boise.

Instead of calling it the location, it will now be known as "Little Shop of Artists".   Not a consignment shop, but a vendor venue.  Participating artists, can rent space for a month or longer, or have a "permanent booth" in the store.  Perks include a physical address, a place to send customers to shop besides on-line, and eventually we hope to be involved in some of the larger Fairs and outdoor venues, like Hyde Park Street Fair or Art in the Park.  We are not involved or connected with or part of Etsy Street Teams.  This Shop is independently owned and operated by the participating artists.

The building is being prepared and cleaned out, so I can get in there and paint and freshen up the space then we will have vendors move in, and then a Grand Opening!  Look for the actual shop to open sometime after the Holidays, after all there are only two more months in 2012!

We are also looking forward to having weekend outdoor markets on the property when the weather permits.

Interested in participating?  Want to know more?  Please feel free to contact me at any of the following:



Please include your name, contact information and your craft, paintings, ceramics, etched glass, etc. and we will contact you for an appointment at your convenience.

Thank you for stopping in and having a look.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant work week.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fun Stuff To Do For Halloween Weekend Links and Promotions

Happy Friday,

I have been so busy this week filling orders and trying to make new items that I have not had much time to do much else.

Halloween arrives on Wednesday of next week and there are some fun things happening around town.

Frightened Felons at the Old Penitentiary
 Friday Oct. 26, 2012
The Old Idaho Penitentiary will once again open it's doors during the spookiest season! Walk through 140 years of history and, of course, hear about all the scary but TRUE things that happened in every hidden corner.  All ages are welcome, but remember some themes can be too scary for kids under 10.

I attended last year as part of the entertainment. It is interesting and a lot of fun.  History rises from the Dead for this event.

Linder Farms
A real working pumpkin farm.  They are open all month, check the link for times.  This is family fun, walk the maze, but don't get lost...
Home of BSU's Corn Maze.

It reads "Bronco Nation"

Field of Scrams at the Farmstead
I-84 and Eagle Road...
Where getting lost means finding fun!

I have not attended this, but I have been to the corn maze and other attractions.  These are OUTDOOR events and it is COLD!  Dress warmly, and bring a flash light, there isn't any electricity out in the fields or the woods and it's  DARK out there!

This year is the 13th Annual Haunted World! How appropriate!  

This is the largest outdoor Haunted attraction in the area, and it is very entertaining.  The Haunted House and Walk through the woods is nerve-racking fun!   Things jump out at you, costumed players pop out when you least expect it, diving from the corn rows or stalking you through the woods, and there are things planted and buried along the path (like trampolines) that make you feel uneasy.   Spooky, scary fun!

Please remember to follow the links for information, many of these events require a ticket or admission fee.  Times and dates are listed on their websites along with other information, like maps and directions.

Be safe out there this weekend!

Thank you for coming by and scaring up something to do!

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a Spooktacular weekend!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday Featured Artist - Brooklyn Bead Goddess


This morning we feature another wonderful artist from, April, the Brooklyn Bead Goddess.

April, makes wonderful lamp-work glass beads and incorporates them into her work, making earrings, bracelets and necklaces.  There is a such a variety that it was hard to choose which pieces showcase her unique vision and talent.




What April says about Brooklyn Bead Goddess

 Hello and welcome ~ My name is April. I am a glass bead maker and jewelry designer. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York gives me the style and flair unique to my jewelry. I've always been intrigued with glass. When I was young I remember seeing glass artists along the Coney Island boardwalk. I loved seeing the sparkling delicate sculptures they made. Today I am pleased create my own glass beads and incorporate them in my jewelry designing. I use a technique called "lampworking" to make my glass beads.

You can find and follow her at any of the sites and links listed below.

Brooklyn Bead Goddess - Website
Brooklyn Bead Goddess- Facebook
Brooklyn Bead Goddess - Etsy
Brooklyn Bead Goddess - Blog

We hope that we have inspired you to take a look at some of April's fabulous offerings.

Thank you for stopping by and having a look.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Be Lucky - Featrued Artists, Wednesday

Good Morning,

Wednesday arrives and so to does a new shop.  Hey Be Lucky.
I have been so busy this week that I have not had time to organize a Studio post, so this week will be devoted to featured Artists and their work.

Hey Be Lucky is owned by Teriell and Olivia, from Talinn, Estonia. Olivia is the artists and Teriell the muscle!  They work in concert to create and bring Olivia's drawings to life.

Rarely do I gush, but I love this woman's art style, cute, whimsical and brings a fun flair to the unique jewelry, cards, and prints of her work.

You all know I have this thing about White Rabbits, and squirrels, and foxes, and I am in trouble!  

Unlucky at Cards Lucky in Love (Earrings)

Description:  Brass and glass earrings

Earrings with illustration from Be Lucky artist Olivia. The picture "Unlucky at cards, lucky in love" is inspired by same proverb and is one of our "Proverbs" series pictures.

Earring diameter: 20 mm.

The Apple Never Falls Far from the Tree, Nursery Print

Description:  This is limited edition (1/100) print of original work from Be Lucky artist Olivia. The picture is called “The apple never falls far from the tree"– it’s inspired by same proverb and is one of our proverb series pictures.

Paper size: 11.7 x 8.3 inches (297 x 210 mm), actual image size: 8,9 x 5,9 inches (227 x 151 mm). Printed on quality 188g Hahnemühle paper. Print is titled and signed by artist.

Print is shipped in cello sleeve and stiff envelope.

Please note: frame not included.

Thank you and be lucky! 

(Note:  This may also be purchased as Earrings and Necklaces.)

She Who Doesn't Risk, Never Gets To Drink Campaign  

Description:  Brass and glass pendant.

Pendant with illustration from Be Lucky artist Olivia. The picture "She who doesn't risk never gets to drink champagne" is inspired by same proverb and is one of our "Proverbs" series pictures.'

Pendant diameter: 25 cm / 1 inch 

There are so many wonderful and whimsical things in the shop, it is hard to choose just a couple to showcase here.  Do stop by and have a look and see if there isn't something for you!

You may also find them on Facebook 

Thank you for stopping in and having a look.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Five Great Gift Suggestions - Etsy

Good Morning,

Tuesday is here and Halloween is fast approaching, which means the Holidays and Family Fun is right around the corner.  

Let's see if we can't knock an item or two off that shopping list with some cool gift ideas from the shops on Etsy.

From: Emily Andrews

Guillotine - Acrylic Painting (Print)

DescriptionThis is a print of a detailed section of a 2011 painting I did on canvas with acrylic, pastel, and ink. Though the painting is not completely finished, I find that this section in itself can be considered a separate painting. The full title of the painting is "If my Thought Dreams Could be Seen, They'd Probably Put my Head in a Guillotine", which is a line from a Bob Dylan song. The painting is 5ft x 6ft and it portrays a statement on the treatment of women in modern society and how their looks are valued more than their thoughts and opinions. The print is on glossy photo paper and is 8.5in x 11in.
Other sizes are available for every print. 

 She also has some super cute Jewelry

Yellow Gold Glass Beaded Butterfly Necklace 

Description: A glass beaded necklace with an elegant butterfly pendant, featuring bronze-gold and transparent yellow glass beads. The butterfly pendant is metal and gold in colour and measures 3cm long and 3.5cm wide. The full length of the necklace is 44cm and it has a spring ring clasp.

From: Sues Arts 

Daisy Flower Ring


Gorgeously beautiful and unique rings in antique bronze.



Vintage beauty cameo necklace, Horse picture, cameo necklace, charm necklace, antique cameo necklace

Description: Gorgeous looking vintage image of a lady and her horse.

This is a large cameo setting in antique silver. Custom print and design that is unique and one of a kind. Frame size about 21/2 x 2.

Necklace is about 18" long but can be adjusted per request with no extra charge.

From:  Dark Mountain Treasures

Orange Enamel Leaf Earrings

Description:  Fall is my favorite season – I love everything about it, especially the changing colors of the leaves. Enameled metal leaf pendant with genuine carnelian, garnet, and tiger’s eye accent beads strung on orange copper wire.

Ear wires are nickel-free gold metal. Earrings are 2.75 inches long. 

That's is all the suggestions for today.  Thank you for stopping in and having a look.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant work week.

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Items and a Word or Two About Change

Good Morning,

Monday is here and the workweek begins.

This morning, I have one new item to share with you.
Today we will be doing things a bit differently.  Etsy, in its infinite stupidity has managed to destroy my on-line business in one fell swoop.  Long gone are the fabulous handmade artists shops and fun shopping experience.  Now you are lost in a sea of manufactured $2.00 garbage and crap made in China.  You might as well be shopping at Walmart.

I still offer the Etsy shop, as well as another Venue that isn't new, but is more intimate and truly devoted to the handmade artisan and their work.

Beaded Chainmaille Bracelet (Etsy)

Full Persian Weave and Czech Glass Bead Bracelet

You can also find this same item listed at, by following this link Ants Chainmaille and Czech Glass Bead Bracelet.  There are several other items listed there as I am still building the Shop, but eventually this will be the only place to shop with me on-line, besides the official website.

The Alchemists Vessel official website will also be going through some changes, we will include individual items for purchase as well as implementing new sections and removing others to offer customers and students a more cohesive site.  Please bear with us as we remodel!  The site is up and running now, stop by and see if there isn't something we can do for you today!

Last bit of news which I may have already talked about, but being busy may have forgotten.  Mind like a steel sieve.  I will be opening a Brick and Mortar location in the next several months.  I have a location that just kind of fell into my lap, (Thank You Michelle and Fred Deller of A-1 Video, Boise), and am looking for more artists to fill the space available.  Looking for Painters, Ceramic Artists, Wood Carvers, Sculptors.  Know an artist looking for a physical venue to showcase their work?  Direct them my way!  So there is no confusion, this is a PAID Participation, artist will pay a set price for their "Booth Space" within the shop and all monies in regards to sales are theirs to keep.  Artists may work their booth, or leave it in shop as there will be an On-Duty-Sales-Person at all times! (Me).  More details will be coming soon.

Participating Artists:
The Alchemists Vessel - Chainmaille and Gemstone Jewelry
Green Witch Designs - Jewelry - Knitting Goodies
Wire Witchery - Wire Wrapped Jewelry
Dreathen Leathers - Gorgeous Masks and leather accessories
Mudfipp Photography - Photographic Prints and more

I am in hope of many more participants!  On a sad note, I will not be taking anymore Jewelry Artisans.  As it happens people come and go and this may change.

Space permitting we will also be holding classes at the new store, and engaging other fun and entertaining alternatives for your gift giving needs!

Thank you for stopping in and having a read.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday - Backyard Visitor

Good Morning,

Friday's are usually devoted to links and promotions; however; today I am out of things to promote and not only am I out of links, I am also out of Doritos!

Since it is Friday and the weekends are made for relaxing, it might be fun to share the visitor that came to see me the other day.

Once again, I have taken the photos through the glass backdoor, and had my camera set on 13x Zoom.  These were taken at around 5:45 - 6:00 p.m. in the afternoon.

Coopers Hawk, hunting something

He hung out for about fifteen (15) minutes flitting from one fence post to the other further down the yard.

He even posed for me, but just once.

These creatures are fascinating.  This is just one of the reasons I love living in Idaho, I never know what will show up in my backyard.

There it is!
Here he is on the other side of the fence.  It was hunting something. This was taken right before it dove off the fence in search of dinner.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thunder Rose Leather - Featured Artist

Good Morning,

Today I would like to introduce you to another fantastic shop on, Thunder Rose Leather.  Debbie and John have been making leather goods for more than 20 years, and their work is beautiful, unique, sturdy, durable and something you will have and use for years.

I must admit it was very difficult to choose just a few items to share today, here are some of my favorites.  No two items are alike, and each one is made when ordered.  Decorated with meticulous care, adorned with beads and fringe, items range from Baby Moccasins and Medicine Bags, to gorgeous Shoulder Purses and other accessories!


This is just fantastic!

Bohemian gypsy handbag Fringed leather handbag with beaded turtle totem

Product  Description:  A bohemian gypsy handbag with a beaded turtle totem. This fringed leather cross-body handbag is made of soft and strong elk skin and measures 9 1/2" tall, 8 1/2" wide , 2 3/4'" wide and a 48" braided cross-body shoulder strap. This bag features old style tied fringe all around front and back, an extra pocket inside and a pocket outside on the back.
This is a CUSTOM MADE TO ORDER ITEM, please read our policy for made to order items.

Wolf paw medicine bag Leather drawstring neck pouch with beaded wolf paw totem

Product Description: A wolf paw medicine bag with a beaded wolf paw totem. This elkskin leather drawstring pouch is 5" tall, 4" wide, has a beaded wolf paw totem and a 30" neck-strap. Props not included.  This is custom made to order.

 How cute are these? 

Product Description:  These leather baby moccasins are perfect for a newborn. They measure 4" heel to toe and are made soft elkskin leather. The rainbow beadwork gives them an extra special touch. These beaded baby moccasins make a sweet gift for a new mom and baby and a special keepsake.
This is a made to order item.

Beaded leather pocketbook case Smartphone case Buckskin leather wallet Handmade leather clutch

 Product Details:  This beaded leather pocketbook case is made of soft, durable elkskin leather. It has an antler button for a closure and glass pony beads for a decoration. This buckskin leather bag is handmade, by us. It is all hand stitched with attention to detail. This leather pocketbook measures 4 inches tall x 7 1/2 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches deep.
This is a made to order item.

 I could look and post their items all day, they are so wonderful.

Thunder Rose Leather Shop Announcement:

Handcrafted leather handbags and beadwork. Everything in our shop 
here at HandmadeArtists is made to order. When you purchase a 
made to order item from us it will not be the one in the pictures, we 
will make one similar for you. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for us to 
ship your order. If you would like a custom designed leather 
handbag send us a message, we are happy to help you. 
We are offering a 20 % discount. 
Use coupon code THUNDERROSE at checkout.  
 Debbie and John

Contact Information:



Thank you for stopping in and having a look.  In hope that these items will inspire you to go have a gander and see what else these talented folks have to offer.

The Alchemists  Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What's Happening In The Studio


The middle of the week is here, and with it brings exciting news!

Yesterday afternoon, I stopped by a local shop here in town, A-1 Video, to have a  look at a building on the property.

Why would I go look at a building?

It has been an idea in my head for some time to have a location where local artists and artisans, myself included, could showcase their wares to the public.  Sculptures, ceramics, leather-works, jewelry, paintings and accessories, that can purchased directly from the Artist!

The building is cozy with lots of potential to show off local artists and their work.  It is bright, airy and gets great foot and street traffic.  The Taco Truck out front doesn't hurt either.

I am excited.

There is a lot of work to be done before the shop will be ready to accept vendor's items and open for business.  We will report on the progress occasionally, as the project continues.  Secure, clean and in a nice area, on a lovely piece of property with trees and access to the main thoroughfare.  What's not to like?

Thank you for stopping by and having a look.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant afternoon.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Five Gift Ideas from Etsy

Good Morning, 

Tuesday arrives wet and a little dreary, but that is all right.  Idaho could use the rain.

Today I have five gift ideas for you from the shops on Etsy and a new one or two to check out!

Here is a brand new shop and an interesting artist.

From:  Emily Andrews

Dream Factory Photo Collage Print

Description: A high resolution print of a photo collage I did using images from multiple sources such as magazines and old newspapers on a TV tray. The Dream Factory sequence is one of my scenes of surrealism and was made to inspire imaginative thoughts where the possibilities are endless. The print is 8in x 12in and is printed on glossy photo paper.
Other sizes are available for every print. 

From:  StaRsbyDi

Black and White Pearl Necklace with Black Resin Rose Flower Pendant

Description:  Black and White Pearl Necklace with Resin Rose Flower Pendant, Necklace and Earring Set.
I handmade this lovely necklace with ivory glass pearls. The beautiful pendant is made of a black resin rose set on a non-tarnish fine silver-plated metal base. I finished the necklace with a silver plated lobster clasp.

-The necklace measures approx. 45.5cm (17.91'') from one end to the other in a straight line.
The pendant is 3.5cm (1.38'') long and the resin rose measures 3cm (1.18'').

-The earring will fall 3.3cm (1.30 inches) from your piercing. I handcraft this beautiful pair using black resin rose flowers, set on silver plated ear posts. I wire wrapped the roses and pearls with silver plated wire.

This pretty set will brighten up any outfit and it is a perfect gift for a woman.

From: Sues Arts

Bronze Flower Daisy Ring 


Gorgeously beautiful and unique rings in antique bronze.



Thanks for looking.

From:  I Paint It Pretty

Holiday Ornament Red Sled with Penguins 

Description:  This is a hand painted and decorated pine sled with two penguins and an igloo. The penguins are sitting in the snow with presents all around them. The sled is a cheery holiday red with white runners. Glittering snowflakes add some sparkle. This versatile sled can be placed under the tree, hung on the wall, stood in a corner or placed any where you want some holiday color. This sled will become a treasured holiday decoration you'll love for many years. It would also be an exceptional gift to give a loved one.
24 in x 10 in x 2 in

For the sled I used acrylic paint and three coats of varnish to ensure durability. The holly and the snowflakes are glued on. I added a red and gold tie for hanging.

Description:  One of the greatest pleasures we get as a knitter, is teaching the skill to the next generation. We love sharing what we know with the younger set. Many of us have young knitters in our own homes. The dilemma we face is, what do we do when they raid our favorite notions? Here is the perfect answer, our Just Like Mommy line of stitch markers. These fun little notions are inexpensive and created with the youngest knitters in mind! The perfect way to give her, or him, the tools they need to keep up with their new favorite hobby! No more worrying about your own favorite markers and hoping they will make it back to you.

These pink with purple heart markers are made of plastic beads, silver plated findings and will fit up to a size US9 needle.
They are pictured here with a size US6 needle.

That is all for today.

Thank you for stoppping in and having a look.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.