design a custom hand forged bracelet

I awoke to real frost on the ground this morning,
and as we pulled the last of the tomatoes from the ground
and Hunter pulled out the holiday decorations, I thought to myself, 

“Be clever this year, give myself time to enjoy, 

and give simple gifts, unique and special."

I want to offer you a way to create something totally custom, totally cool,
and yet simple, affordable and easy to get done in time for the season,

so I thought of my hand forged bracelets.

These pieces wear so beautifully over time, making terrific keepsakes. Because I hand forge the silver, the bracelets become hard and dense, while the surface stays soft and buttery, polishing itself every day against your skin, and they're simple to customize, too.

Add birthstones, diamonds, no stones… add stones later.

Think simplicity, think significance, and think of the person you are designing for, because like your loved ones, no two of these bracelets are ever exactly the same.

For babies, forged bracelets are fabulous teethers, and become beautiful, easy to wear first bracelets.

All my alchemists moms, remember: chewing on sterling is a fabulous antimicrobial!

Here's my baby Logan modeling hers:

So if any of the special people on your list this year, from the wee to the tall, would think it absolutely fabulous to receive a solid hand forged sterling silver bracelet, designed by you, forged by me then here is your chance!

Just email me, or call me and tell me you who on your list would love a bracelet designed by you (and forged by me!)

Get started between now and Black Friday, (Nov. 26) and I'll take 27% off the price of your custom creation for being the cleverest of my subscribers this year!

Enjoy the change of weather everyone, 

Be so well and breathe so deep,
heather

difference between cast and hand forged/handmade jewelry

so what exactly is the difference between a piece of jewellery that has been cast versus a piece that has been hand forged? admittedly, i don’t hear this question as often as i would imagine, but when i do, i really love to answer. so since it was just asked… i am going to take the opportunity to answer!

cast items are more porous and less durable. hand forged items are just that, forged by hand with a hammer and (in my case) over an anvil. the metal is condensed due to the hammering, therefore the end result is a heavier piece, denser and more durable.

i design my bangles to fit as snuggly as possible, to reduce the “banging” effect that results from a bangle that is a bit too large. this way you can wear your bangle 24/7, never having to take it off. (just like the beautiful jade bangles worn in many asian cultures).

and if your bracelet is hand forged it will age so well, literally becoming shinier, harder and more gorgeous as time goes by! bangles make great gifts too and are easy to size. in fact, i have just added the option to order bangles in small/medium or medium/large, so you never have to worry if it will fit again.

the holidays are upon us people, do not delay!

top holiday gifts? handmade jewelry, of course.

*scroll to the bottom for this year’s special holiday shopping offer for my subscribers!*

the studio is starting to get busy with orders and questions about holiday gifts and gift ideas, so i thought i’d write quickly my holiday gift ideas for you before getting back to new custom jewelry projects and photos.

my holiday gift guides

we’ve re-established my online shop for my handmade jewelry: each of my handforged peace sign jewelry pieces (including the earrings!), rune symbols and wishbone necklacesthat have been my top holiday gifts in past seasons.

online payments for my shopping cart are securely handled by PayPal, where you can use any major credit or debit card as well as your PayPal account.

this year i’m pleased to add a new series of pendants in time for the holidays: the ohm pendant designed for my fellow yoga fans and practitioners.

like my other handmade jewelry, the om pendants are made one at a time on my studio and are available on different chains and lengths to order. my current favorite combo is the 22 karat gold om pendant on rawhide, a nice juxtaposition of purity, luxury and simplicty.

gold ohm pendant on rawhide

in time for christmas?

always!

one of the reasons i recommend the pendants is that they are simple enough to finish and ship quickly, even at the last minute. I usually ship for the holidays up until December 15 or so by my usual means, USPS priority mail with insurance and tracking.

doing any holiday specials this year?

yes!

every year i do a special holiday discount offer for memail subscribers, and this year i’m extending it to my Facebook Fans as well.

this year, its called Gold Friday:  you can save from $60 to $260 on all gold jewelry in my online shop this Thanksgiving weekend only.

so join me on my Facebook page for handforged custom jewelry or sign up for my list below before midnight on Thanksgiving, and I’ll email you the special code along with all of my longtime clients, friends and fans first thing on Gold Friday morning! (screw Black Friday– there, I said it.)