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IBH Week #9 Featured Artisan - Wyverndesigns

Posted by Cathy Cooley on July 31, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (2)

This week's featured artisan is Wyverndesigns in Auburn, MA. A self-taught graphic and jewelry designer, she discovered her true passion for making things with her own hands in high school art class. Her skills and techniques include jewelry design, polymer clay, knitting, crocheting, sewing, doll making, beading, and digital images; and she loves trying new materials and techniques.

In addition to her Artfire shop, she also sells on Etsy and

Here are a few of my favorite things from Wyverndesigns on Artfire:

I just love this bracelet with handmade polymer clay cherry beads!

My granddaughter would love the cute purple flip flop earrings. I may just have to get them for her!

Wouldn't a tree full of these beautiful hand crocheted snowflakes be awesome?!?

This is just of small sampling of the amazing items in the shop of this talented artist. 

Wyverndesigns can be found at the following links:

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IBH Week #8 Featured Artisan - Judy Cogo Designs

Posted by Cathy Cooley on July 23, 2012 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (1)

BH Week #8 Featured Artisan - Judy Cogo Designs

This week’s featured artisan for Blog Ring #2 at It’s Better Handmade is Judy Cogo, owner of Judy Cogo Designs.  Judy is a self-taught jewelry artisan living in a small community north of Toronto, Canada called Stouffville. With an eye for fashion she was always searching for just the right accessory to match her outfits. In 2004 she began designing jewelry for herself, then selling to friends and family, then attending craft shows, selling in a local store and now selling on On-line venues. Retired from a career in the financial services industry, Judy now follows her passion by creating designs for any occasion incorporating a love of gemstones, wire wrapping and crochet. Her creations are made using semi-precious gemstones, bead crochet, wire wrapping and other materials to obtain distinctive exquisite pieces of wearable art. Judy loves learning new techniques and her jewelry styles are continually evolving as she integrates new materials and designs.

In addition to creating luxurious pieces of wearable art, Judy also loves the outdoors, nature, and is an avid reader and loves working and making things with her hands.

Being a jewelry artisan myself, this week I decided to choose items from Judy's shop that I would love to be able to create myself but have not yet developed the skill required.

A seed bead crocheted rope necklace for the woman who desires an original handmade work of jewelry art. The necklace is very versatile as there is lots of sparkle for evening outings, weddings, formal affairs, and as the large focal pendant can be removed, the necklace on its own can be worn for a more casual informal style, or paired with another pendant.
This beadwoven crochet rope is handmade by Judy with clear aurora borealis (AB) seed beads on a dark blue polyamid thread and the focal pendant is stunning with light Sapphire colored Swarovski crystals. A matching pair of crocheted earrings complete this original design.

Labradorite Pendant Wire Sculpted

This Wire Scuplted Labradorite Gemstone Pendant is handmade with a 30mm x 20mm Labradorite cabochon and non-tarnish silver wire. The pendant measures 2 1/4 inches from the top of the bail to the bottom of the wire. The bail is large enough to allow the pendant to be worn on different types of cord, chain or ribbon.

Dolomite Blue Cabochon Ring Wire Wrapped

This is a beautiful handmade dark blue cabochon Dolomite stone wire wrapped in sterling silver-filled wire, in the Pharaoh's ring design, originally designed by Tom Phelan.

Japanese Chain Maille Weave Bracelet

This handmade chain maille bracelet is made in the Japanese 12-in-2 weave, using stainless steel rings. Stainless steel is extremely durable, never tarnishes and the shine improves with age. The bracelet feels very smooth, soft and slinky on the wrist. It is also available in jeweler's brass which resembles gold but at a fraction of the cost. The bracelet measures 7 1/2 inches in length, 1 inch wide and closes with a stainless steel clasp.

Judy can also be found on the following sites:

IBH Week #7 Featured Artisan - Lisianblue

Posted by Cathy Cooley on July 16, 2012 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (6)

Kris is the creator of Lisianblue in Albuquerque, NM.   

The shop name comes from the listhianthus flower, one of her favorites, especially the blue. So she combined the 2 words together and Lisianblue was born.

Creating is what Kris loves.  Her favorite is painting ornaments, making stained glass items,  and combining painting on glass and stained glass. She also likes to crochet, knit and sew; woodworking, plants, birds, animals, nature, art nouvequ, art deco; and she really enjoys photography and, of course, her family.

Here is a sampling of the beautiful designs in her Artfire shop.

Blue Butterfly Windchimes

Mod Heart Glass Ornament

Purple Mini Glass Egg

Other places you can find Lisianblue
Lisianblue’s Handmade Artists Shop  where Kris sells her “fiber” art.

IBH Week #6 Featured Artisan - Glass Sculpture Org

Posted by Cathy Cooley on July 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (12)

We are into Week #6 of the “It’s Better Handmade” blog ring and this week’s featured artisan is Joy Alyssa Day, owner of Glass Sculpture Org

I admire this young lady for living her dreams. That takes a tremendous amount of courage and faith.

While attending Purdue University in the field of computer science, Joy planned to be a computer designer for spacecraft systems. Then one blustery winter morning just before her junior spring term was to begin she made the decision to give up a probable financially comfortable future for instability and happiness! And Joy has turned that instability into a very stable and successful career.

Here are a few of my favorites from her shop:

Fused Glass Bottle Stopper



I love this fused glass bottle stopper. 2" square and1/2" thick, the piece is made from multiple sheets of glass, each with part of the painting on it. When the whole stack is fused together, the leaf and grape cluster appears. The backside is iridescent to add extra sparkle. If you look in from the sides, you can see the different layers of color that make up the painting. Each piece of glass is hand painted, then the entire stack is fused together. After it is fused and then re-fired again, the stopper is trimmed and polished, then signed. All of this is hand done by the artist. The stopper piece is stainless steel so won't pit or stain.

In addition to fused glass, Joy also creates blown glass and I love these earrings!

Blown Glass Drip Earrings


These drip earrings are just gorgeous! Joy uses the torch to combine the colors and then shape them into a wonderful teardrop. Red fades into gold and then into yellow at the top. Awesome! These beautiful pieces are 2” long glass. All of Joy’s pieces are created in a smoke free mountaintop glass studio in the hills of California.  Each piece is created by hand no two will ever be the same.

Another technique that I had never heard about that Joy uses is Cast Art Glass and I thought this bowl was beautiful!

Aqua Blue Cast Art Glass Bowl

I’ll let Joy describe this one! “From my"Splash" technique, this bowl has a base color of a light blue with deeper blues splashing into it. The technique creates what looks like boiling and splashing glass, then the glass is "frozen" with the patterns. It is then stretched and the edges are rippled to look like waves of glass splashing outward. Makes for an amazing work of art. This can be used as a decorative bowl, or a stunning Baptismal bowl. This beautiful piece is18" round, 4 1/2" deep. Can be made into a sink, just let me know.”

Joy also publishes two blogs:

Bengal Mania "This blog is about all cats who have happened, in one way or another, upon our lives"


The Art of Joy Alysssa Day This blog is about all of Joy’s artistic abilities. The one I found most interesting and beautiful was her Reverse Art Glass paintings. Click on the picture to find out about this unique art.


You can also find Joy on Facebook ; Twitter and Linkdin 

I hope you enjoy learning about Joy as I did!