Monday, March 28, 2016

Shop Wide Clearance Sale

Good Morning,

This is the last week of The Alchemists Vessel Clearance Sale on The CraftStar.  All items in stock in the shop are 30% off when you apply Coupon Code: TAV30 at check out.

The Alchemists Vessel on The CraftStar.

All Bracelets - 30% Off

All Necklaces - 30% Off

All Earrings - 30% Off

All categories, all sections, including Ravens Nook, Sterling Silver, and covers every item in the shop.  

Enter Coupon Code: TAV30 at check out for 30% off your entire order.

NOTE: Coupon Code is good for The CraftStar Shop only.

Thank you for stopping in and having a look.

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Five Great Gifts To Give: Manly Men Edition

Good Morning,

Today's gift ideas are for him.  Men are difficult to shop for, I agree.  The old Soap-on-a-Rope only goes so far.  Today's items are from five unique shops on Etsy.

From: Felix Street Studio

Groomsman Set - Leather Toiletry Bag with Monogram - Discounted Listing for Multiple Bags - wedding gift groomsmen groomsman groom

This listing is for discounted sets of multiple leather bags. Discounts are applied for orders of 3 or more. If you want to order just 1 or 2 bags, shipping will be cheaper if ordered from this listing:

Our leather bags will hold up to a lifetime of use. They are made with high quality, durable leather and constructed to our rigorous quality standards to provide you with a beautiful, sturdy, reliable bag.

Handcrafted using high quality, vegetable tanned, full grain leather.

Embroidered initials are included in the price of all of our bags - up to 5 initials per bag, letters only. Please specify in "note to seller" when you place your order. Because we embroider all letters the same size, the proper formatting for initials is First, Middle, Last. We will embroider the initials in the order they are provided. If you would like your bag left blank, please let us know.

- Measures 8.5" wide, 3.5" tall, 4" deep
- Fully lined in a water resistant nylon pack cloth
- All seams are fully enclosed
- Heavy duty YKK brass zipper closure and zipper pull

Please check Shipping & Policies tab for lead times and shipping costs.  


From: Tipos Creations

Black Pocket Watch - Personalized- Engraved - Groomsman Gifts - Gifts for Men- Wedding- Birthday- Anniversary (938)

The personalized pocket watch. Excellent gifts for groomsmen, best man or gifts for men. Engraved Midnight black pocket watch is classic with a modern twist, featuring an attractive black finish and matching black face adorned with white Roman numerals. Secured with a sturdy matching chain, the watch features Quartz Movement. Measures 1 1/2" in diameter and includes a 14" removable chain.

Great groomsmen gifts, executive, and all around personalized gifts for men.

Please include desired text to be engraved in the Notes to Seller box during checkout.

A message can be added to the back for just $10.00 more. Please add to your cart Then include your message in the notes to seller box.


From: Cove Calligraphy

Personalised Drumsticks, fathers day, husband gift for him, brother, drummer, boyfriend, musician gift, drum sticks (DS01)

This pair of wooden drumsticks can be hand pyrographed (wood-burning) with a message of your choice. Perfect as a gift for a keen drummer, Dad's birthday present, child's gift etc.

These drumsticks are made by Chord and they are made from maple with wooden tips.

Please type your choice of message into the box "Note to Cove Calligraphy" which appears when you add this item to your cart. Please check your spelling and punctuation carefully as we will burn it exactly as you type it!
Please type your message as follows:
DRUMSTICK ONE: (type your message, max 10 WORDS)
DRUMSTICK TWO: (type your message, max 10 WORDS)

We will use a hand-designed calligraphic script style of font as shown in the photographs.


From: Dope On A Rope Soap

Trout Soap on a Rope - Peppermint Eucalyptus Hemp Oil Soap - Fly Fishing - Easter - Birthday Gifts - Gifts for Him - Fish Soap

Our Trout Soap on a Rope is the "Catch of the day!" Great for kids and adults of all ages! Infused with a nice addition of moisturizing hemp seed oil, as well as invigorating Peppermint and Eucalyptus essential oils. We have also added ground mocha for the Trout's speckles. Have we mentioned how AMAZING this soap smells? If the scent and "happy skin" qualities don't entice you enough, all of our soaps "hang" with a hemp rope ~ perfect for keeping your soap from getting icky or melting in a soap dish. Each soap is handmade in the mountains of Colorado and the beaches of Southwest Florida by us, Jason and Jenny! Choose more colors from the drop down box.

*This soap is created with Coconut, Sustainable Palm, Safflower, and Hemp Seed Oils*
*Lathers wonderfully and moisturizing*
*Makes an UNFORGETTABLE gift - hang in your nature-themed bathrooms as a decorative aromatic!*
*You will receive one soap labeled & vacuum sealed to remain fresh for up to a year*
*Soap weighs approximately 4 ounces and is 8 inches long, flat on one side*
*Need a larger quantity for weddings or parties? Just message me & I will provide you with a quote. We have many colors available & can personalize your Trout Soap labels for FREE for large orders... Wholesale pricing available*


From: Greta Oto Design

40% OFF SALE Docking station,gift him,charging station, iphone dock, iphone stand, cell phone stand, desk organizer, android docking station

This docking station is compatible with all cell phones including iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPhone 4, e all Android phones, moreover it's compatible with iPad and all kinds of tablet.

The Item shown is as WALNUT color

8 different colors are available for this item:

- Cherry
- Mahogany
- Neutral ( Beech )
- Ebony
- Teak
- Rosewood
- Walnut
-Slate grey

This docking station is a great solution to keep all your daily items organized and easy to find. It was designed to keep your smartphone, your tablet, keys, watch, glasses, wallet, everything is organized in a series of spaces specifically designed.



Thank you for stopping in and having a look.


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

Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Cleaning At The Alchemists Vessel

Good Morning,

Today's blog is brief, as we announce The Alchemists Vessel Spring Sale.  Everything has got to go.  Need room for new creations and inventory.

Now through April 01, 2016, The CraftStar Shop Exclusive use coupon code TAV30 at check out and receive a 30% discount off everything in the shop.  That's every and any item in the shop 30% off.

The Alchemists Vessel

30% Off All Bracelets

30% Off All Earrings

30% Off All Necklaces

Take 30% off any and every item in the shop when you use code TAV30 at check out.

Thank you  for stopping in and having a look.

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New Shop Look

Good Morning,

Today's blog post is brief with a little bit of information.

Customers, Shoppers, and Vendors, Etsy is at it once again, messing around with the shops.  Shop owners are forced to re-design their shops according to Etsy's new design, which is awful, ugly and  just plain terrible.

I have tried to maintain the shop in as close to it's original form as I can.  I hope this will not detour you from continuing to shop with us.

Yes, it is frustrating, yes it time consuming for the vendor, to stop doing what is important like creating, marketing and handling customer service, to fiddle around with something that just isn't necessary.  But as vendors we are held hostage and must do as etsy wants or be left without a shop.

Changes will occur for all shops on April 05, 2016.

I would like to thank my customers, shoppers and folks that just like to look for your support, without you this wouldn't be much fun.

Thank you for stopping in and having a look.

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Five Great Gifts To Give: Leprechauns and Clover

Good Morning,

Saint Patrick's Day is just a couple of days away, in celebration this weeks gift ideas are green, full of clovers, the gift of gab, and are just right for "Wearin' o' the Green".

From: Unicorn's Garden Jewlery

Malachite Braided Sterling Silver Ring, 8mm x 10mm Natural Malachite, Handmade, Size 6.5

This copper ore features a characteristic banding pattern of deep and pale green stripes or concentric circles. Because it is formed in thin layers, large pieces are somewhat rare.

Malachite gets its name from the Greek word molokhe (mallow) because of the resemblance of its color to that of the leaves of the mallow plant.

Egyptians used malachite as early as 4000 B.C. for amulets, jewelry and cosmetics (powdered eye shadow).

For this ring I hand braided the band from solid sterling silver wire then soldered the band and securely soldered the sterling silver bezel cup to the top of the band. After cleaning and polishing the ring I hand set the 8mm x 10mm natural Malachite cabochon into the serrated edge bezel cup.

Stone: Malachite
Stone Size: 8 mm x 10mm
Ring Size: 6.5
Band Width: 4mm (5/32")

This ring design can be made in other sizes, with other stone types, or with  a different size stones. I can also make dangle earrings to match. Please contact me with your request.

From: Augie by Carrie Jewelry

 Green Solar Quartz,Quartz Pendant Necklace, Gemstone Jewelry, Healing Gemstones

Green Solar Quartz, Quartz Pendant Necklace, Gemstone Jewelry, Stalactite Quartz Necklace

 I am obsessed with the intricacies of gemstones and how beautiful and unique they can be. I fell in love with Solar Quartz when I first laid eyes on it.

This high quality quartz pendant is a large teardrop shape and hangs from a 28 inch gunmetal plated  chain. The pendant focal itself is just over an inch so the whole necklace would  be 30 inches in total. A perfect gift for yourself or a girlfriend that could use a boost to enhance their crown chakra energy,crystal healing or are experiencing some difficulties dealing with emotions for any reason.

Solar Quartz is said to bring emotional strength and uplifting with great power and energy. Solar Quartz also has all the properties of clear quartz and is protective, purifying on spiritual, mental and physical levels, used to communicate with spirits and more. Solar Quartz is associated with the crown chakra, but also works well on all chakras

Stalactites start from a single mineral laden drop of water formed by fast-flowing water rich in calcium carbonate and carbon dioxide.  This is a type of formation that hangs from the ceiling of caves, hot springs, or man-made structures such as bridges and mines
Solar Quartz is a natural agatized quartz stone that is cut from stalactites and is usually white,grey or colourless. When cut you can see concentric circles in a radiating pattern and the center may reveal druzy, small quartz crystals or air-bubbles. Solar Quartz is often dyed vivid colours.

From:  Happy Everything

St Patricks Day Earrings - Green Clover Swarovski Crystals Celtic

The St Patrick's Day Irish Celtic earrings are made with fern green Swarovski crystal clover beads, silver plated pewter quatrefoil shamrock links and silver plated pewter Celtic knot charms. These are just perfect for your St. Patrick's Day wearin' of the green!

"Shamrock Chic" earrings hang from 20 gauge sterling silver ear wires and measure approximately 2" from the top of the earwire. P.S. These earrings only look heavy but they are not, the shamrock link is hollow!

Your earrings will come on a decorative handmade earring card in a pretty organza bag.

Thank you very much for stopping by my shop.

From: The Alchemists Vessel

Poet Chain Maille Bracelet

Gorgeous green, fresh and fun to wear.   The stunning chainmaille bracelet is a colorful piece and just right for any occasion, a pop of color at the office, or for a casual weekend get away accessory.   From the Captured Color Collection, this lovely piece is made in this year's must have fashion color.  Light weight and comfortable for extended wear.

8" long including clasp.  Silver plated wire and enameled aluminum jump rings are woven in an Inverted Round Maille pattern and finished with a strong magnetic clasp that holds well during everyday activities and movements.

Arrives boxed, ready for gift giving.

*Customizable, may be made to desired length or in color of choice.  Check the shop to see if one isn't already available in your favorite color.  Multi-color requests, please add $5.00

Currently available in: Dark Blue, Purple, Olive Green, Pink, Teal, Red, Black and Copper (enameled aluminum or natural)

Free  Shipping on this item.

Custom orders, please allow 2 - 3 Day shipping, we need time to make your item.

From: Sara Nolte Designs 

Green tourmaline & keshi pearl sterling silver necklace,tourmaline and pearl,green tourmaline,bi color tourmaline,couture necklace,boho

Green tourmaline & keshi pearl sterling silver necklace,tourmaline and pearl,green tourmaline,bi color tourmaline,couture necklace,boho Very unique Bi-Colour faceted tubes of green tourmaline and large creamy Keshi pearls hand wrapped onto sterling silver and lightly oxidized. Necklace is adjustable in length from 17.25-18.5 inches. 
One of a kind. 
Silver can be oxidized darker upon your request. Orders from outside the United States please convo seller for proper shipping charges. 
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I am happy to assist you!

Thank you for stopping in and having a look.

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

Monday, March 14, 2016

Tutorial Time: Viper Basket Weave

Good Morning,

Today's blog shows you, in a pictorial tutorial how to create the Viper Basket Weave.

Suitable for those just Beginning, or for more Advanced Maillers that would like to try something new.

I would like to state, that all though Maille was once used for armor, these items are meant for personal decoration only.  It does not matter what material you make your items with, Stainless Steel, Sterling Silver, Brass, Bronze or Aluminum (as below), it will not protect you from anything.  Anything includes, but is in no way limited to: Bullets, Knives, Letter Openers, Slings, Rocks, Pens, Pencils, Harsh Words, or Cupid's Arrows (Regular Arrows, too!)

There are several sizes of rings that are acceptable to make this weave.  Suggestions are given at the end of the tutorial.

These instructions will make the bracelet exactly as shown.

Materials and Tools:
2 Pairs of Flat Nose Pliers
Simple Base Metal Toggle Clasp
Total Number of Rings: 115 (for a 7.5" bracelet)
Rings: 18g (swg) Bright and Anodized Aluminum (.04" or 1.2mm)
Bright Aluminum: 35, 9/32" (7.1mm) AR 6.4
AA Pink: 34, 3/16" (4.8mm) AR 4.1
AA Green: 36, 3/16" (4.8mm) AR 4.1
Clasp: (total of 10 rings) 4 Bright Aluminum rings 3/16", and 6 Bright Aluminum rings 1/8".

Begin by closing all of the  Green rings and opening all of the Pink rings, 3/16" (4.8mm). 

1. Add 4 closed Green Rings to one open pink Ring.  Close the Pink Ring.  Add one more Pink Ring through all four (4) green rings.

2.  Arrange the rings so the unit looks like this.  You have a six ring unit of 2 x 2 chain.  Also called Bike or Dragon Chain.

3.  Continue to scoop up two closed rings (green) on one open ring (pink) and weave them through the last set of rings (green) on the chain.  Add a second pink ring, following the path of the first, to finish the link.

The chain should now look like this.

NOTE: Six sets of 2 (doubled rings) is 1" long.

4.  Continue creating the 2 x 2 Chain until you have a 6.5" length of chain or 35 alternating sets of 2 (17 Pink and 18 Green).

5. Go back to the beginning of the chain.  Open all of the Large Bright Aluminum 9/32" (7.1mm) rings.  Scrap wire shows the path the new ring will follow.

 6.  Add the new ring, slide it up through the first Green set of rings.

Go over the second pair of pink rings, and down through the third pair of green rings.  Close the ring.

 The Chain will now look  like this.  The large ring goes through two sets of green rings, and encircles one set of pink rings.

NOTE:  It is important not to flip or turn the chain over while adding the large Bright Aluminum Rings.

7.  Slide the next large ring up through the pink rings and over the green rings and down through the next pair of pink rings.  Make sure the new rings, slides on top of the last ring just added.

 8.  Weave through the next Green ring (going over the top of the last ring just added).  Skip the Pink ring and weave down through the next Green ring.  Close the ring.


Here you can see the next two rings have been added, and the fourth ring is following the same path as the second silver ring.

Close the ring.
Shown from a different angle.  Up through the pink ring and over the green rings and Down through the pink rings.  Here you can see the correct way the new ring should lay on top of the one behind it.

Continue weaving in this alternating pattern of Green rings and Pink rings until all 35 rings have been linked into place.

9.  Weave through the next pair of green rings, skipping the pink rings and weaving down through the next set of green rings.  Here you can begin to see the stacking pattern of the large rings.

Close the ring.

As you continue to weave the pattern will emerge.  The large rings will stack one on top of the other.

The rings will appear to jog from side to side and take on a woven look.

Kind of like a Picnic Basket. 


 Once you reach the end of your bracelet, add the final large Bright Aluminum ring through the last pair of pink rings and let it fall into position.

 Base metal Toggle Clasp with 4 Bright Aluminum Rings 3/16", 6 Bright Aluminum Rings in 1/8".

Return to the beginning of your chain.

Attach two of the Bright Aluminum 3/16" rings to the first set of rings (Green) of your chain.  Slide the ring through the Green set and on top of the first Large Bright Aluminum ring.  Turn your chain over and repeat on the opposite side.

Attach the Clasp to these things using 1 Bright Aluminum ring 1/8", slide the ring through both 3/16" rings just added, slide on the clasp and close the ring.

 Attach the Bar using the last two 3/16" Bright Aluminum rings.  Slide the rings through the last pair of Green rings on the chain., one on each side.  Now add two Bright Aluminum rings to those rings.  Add two more 1/8" Bright Aluminum rings to the rings you just added.  Use the final Bright Aluminum 1/8" ring to attach the bar to the last set of doubled 1/8" rings.  Close the ring. 

And you're done.  

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, and that you have learned a new weave to amaze your friends.

Please feel free to leave questions or comments.  I like those.

If you would like to try this weave in a larger or smaller size, here are some suggested Jump Rings Sizes that will work for this weave too.  Mine is a  tight version, some are loose and floppy, choose the one that appeals to you.  
18g (1.2mm), 19/64" (7.5mm ID),  with 18g (1.2mm) 3/16" (4.8mm) ID.

18g  (1.2mm) 5/16" (7.9mm) with 18g 3/16" (4.8mm).

Tiny Tiny Bracelet, may be too tight, or just a 1 x 1 chain instead of 2 x 2 -
Jewelers Brass: 18g (1.2mm) 15/64" (6.0mm) AR: 5.2, with 18g 9/64" (3.6mm) AR: 3.1.

Thank you for stopping in and having a look.

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