Monday, May 18, 2009

So Sweet! - SOLD













the story behind this creation,

constructed using double round of rigid memory wire [that snaps back to its original form when expanded and released] with 4 mm antiqued-silver color beads, antiqued-silver color pewter tubes, antiqued-silver color angel wing beads and mix color crystals. The bracelet is finished with an antiqued-silver color pewter charm.


The bracelet is expandable up to 2.75 inches in diameter for a good comfortable fit.

Price: MYR 35

[note: prices are excluding shipping]

So Sweet! - SOLD













the story behind this creation,

constructed using double round of rigid memory wire [that snaps back to its original form when expanded and released] with 4 mm antiqued-silver color beads, antiqued-silver color pewter tubes, antiqued-silver color angel wing beads and mix color crystals. The bracelet is finished with an antiqued-silver color pewter charm.


The bracelet is expandable up to 2.75 inches in diameter for a good comfortable fit.

Price: MYR 35

[note: prices are excluding shipping]

Stormy Blue - SOLD











the story behind this creation,

constructed using rigid memory wire [that snaps back to its original form when expanded and released] with 4 mm antiqued-silver color beads and mix blue crystals. The bracelet is finished with an antiqued-silver color pewter charm.


The bracelet is expandable up to 2.75 inches in diameter for a good comfortable fit.

Price: MYR 30

[note: prices are excluding shipping]

Stormy Blue - SOLD











the story behind this creation,

constructed using rigid memory wire [that snaps back to its original form when expanded and released] with 4 mm antiqued-silver color beads and mix blue crystals. The bracelet is finished with an antiqued-silver color pewter charm.


The bracelet is expandable up to 2.75 inches in diameter for a good comfortable fit.

Price: MYR 30

[note: prices are excluding shipping]

Tourmaline Circle



Tourmaline is classed as a semi-precious stone and the gem comes in a wide variety of colors. The reason, according to an old Egyptian legend, is that the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the centre of the Earth, passed over a rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colours of the rainbow. And that is why it is still referred to as the 'gemstone of the rainbow' today.

This gemstone has an endless number of faces, and for that reason it suits all moods. No wonder that magical powers have been attributed to it since ancient times. In particular, it is the gemstone of love and of friendship, and is said to render them firm and long-lasting.







Tourmalines mystical properties:

Pink Tourmaline promotes female balance and protection. Green Toumaline promotes male balance and is good for building endurance for sports



According to legend, all colors of tourmaline protect the wearer against many dangers and misfortune.






the story behind this creation,

constructed using
non-tarnish brass [copper] artistic wire and multicolored tourmaline stones.


The slide on bangle
measures about 2.5 inches in diameter accross. Attached on hooks are 4 tourmaline drops and handmade wire charm.

Price:
MYR 185
[packaged in a beautiful blue d'nata box]


[note: prices are excluding shipping]



How to care for your tourmaline stones?

As with all gems, protect tourmaline from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes (such as leaving it be a heater vent or in a hot car). Do not clean these necklaces and rings in a home ultrasonic cleaner.

Tourmaline Circle



Tourmaline is classed as a semi-precious stone and the gem comes in a wide variety of colors. The reason, according to an old Egyptian legend, is that the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the centre of the Earth, passed over a rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colours of the rainbow. And that is why it is still referred to as the 'gemstone of the rainbow' today.

This gemstone has an endless number of faces, and for that reason it suits all moods. No wonder that magical powers have been attributed to it since ancient times. In particular, it is the gemstone of love and of friendship, and is said to render them firm and long-lasting.







Tourmalines mystical properties:

Pink Tourmaline promotes female balance and protection. Green Toumaline promotes male balance and is good for building endurance for sports



According to legend, all colors of tourmaline protect the wearer against many dangers and misfortune.






the story behind this creation,

constructed using
non-tarnish brass [copper] artistic wire and multicolored tourmaline stones.


The slide on bangle
measures about 2.5 inches in diameter accross. Attached on hooks are 4 tourmaline drops and handmade wire charm.

Price:
MYR 185
[packaged in a beautiful blue d'nata box]


[note: prices are excluding shipping]



How to care for your tourmaline stones?

As with all gems, protect tourmaline from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes (such as leaving it be a heater vent or in a hot car). Do not clean these necklaces and rings in a home ultrasonic cleaner.

Red Fire
















the story behind this creation,

constructed using  brown color [copper] artistic wire and combination of 8 mm and 4 mm mix red czech fire polish glass beads.


The slide on bangle measures about 2.65 inches in diameter accross. Attached on hooks are two handmade charms.

Price: MYR 40

[note: prices are excluding shipping]

Red Fire
















the story behind this creation,

constructed using  brown color [copper] artistic wire and combination of 8 mm and 4 mm mix red czech fire polish glass beads.


The slide on bangle measures about 2.65 inches in diameter accross. Attached on hooks are two handmade charms.

Price: MYR 40

[note: prices are excluding shipping]

Emerald Green - SOLD


This is a very practical everyday use bracelet. It doesn't require any hooks and very easy to put on and remove. The colors are gorgeous mix of greens.





the story behind this creation,

constructed using rigid memory wire [that snaps back to its original form when expanded and released] with combination of
7 mm pewter spacer antique-silver color tube, green mix of 8 mm, 6 mm and 4 mm czech fire polished glass beads and 4 mm mix crystal green colors. Enhancing this bracelet is a charm made out of gunmetal color artistic wire and the same color combination of beads.

The bracelet is expandable up to 2.75 inches in diameter for a good comfortable fit.

Price: MYR 30

[note: prices are excluding shipping]

Emerald Green - SOLD


This is a very practical everyday use bracelet. It doesn't require any hooks and very easy to put on and remove. The colors are gorgeous mix of greens.





the story behind this creation,

constructed using rigid memory wire [that snaps back to its original form when expanded and released] with combination of
7 mm pewter spacer antique-silver color tube, green mix of 8 mm, 6 mm and 4 mm czech fire polished glass beads and 4 mm mix crystal green colors. Enhancing this bracelet is a charm made out of gunmetal color artistic wire and the same color combination of beads.

The bracelet is expandable up to 2.75 inches in diameter for a good comfortable fit.

Price: MYR 30

[note: prices are excluding shipping]

About Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads

FIRE POLISHED BEADS FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC ARE A FACETED GLASS BEAD. CZECH FIRE POLISH BEADS ARE MADE IN AN AREA CALLED JABLONEC NAD NISOU. PRODUCTION OF GLASS BEADS IN THE AREA DATES BACK TO THE 14TH CENTURY AND THIS AREA IS WELL KNOWN FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF HIGH QUALITY GLASS BEADS. THEY ARE AVAILABLE IN MANY DIFFERENT SHAPES, COLORS, SIZES, FINISHES AND WITH MANY DIFFERENT COATINGS ALSO AVAILABLE. THEY OFFER A COST EFFECTIVE YET SUPERIOR QUALITY CRYSTAL SUITABLE FOR MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF BEADING PROJECTS. CZECH FIRE POLISHED BEADS HAVE BECOME SO POPULAR IN RECENT YEARS, PRIMARILY BECAUSE THEY ARE THE HIGHEST QUALITY MANUFACTURED FACETED BEAD AVAILABLE. THIS HAS HELPED MAKE THEM ONE OF THE MOST FAVORED GLASS BEADS BY JEWELRY MAKERS AND BEADWORKERS ALIKE.

WHY CZECH BEADS?, DOES IT MATTER? IN RECENT YEARS INDIAN BEAD MAKERS HAVE STARTED TO MAKE BEADS USING OLD CZECH BEAD DYES. HOWEVER THE GLASS USED BY GLASS BEAD MAKERS IN INDIA IS INFERIOR TO THE GLASS USED BY CZECH BEAD MAKERS. MAKING SURE YOUR FIRE-POLISH BEADS ARE GENUINE CZECH BEADS IS IMPORTANT.

WHY GLASS BEADS? UNLIKE PLASTIC BEADS, GLASS BEADS WILL NOT FADE QUICKLY. THERE ARE VERY FEW FIRE POLISHED COATINGS WHICH MAY FADE OVER TIME WHEN LEFT IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT. HOWEVER THIS TYPE OF FADING USUALLY ADDS AN AGED VINTAGE BEAD APPEAL.

WHY CHOOSE FIRE POLISHED BEADS? A HUGE COLOR RANGE, A WIDE RANGE IN SIZE, AVAILABLE IN MANY DIFFERENT SHAPES AND WITH LOTS OF DIFFERENT COATINGS, FINISHES AND LININGS. THEIR ABILITY TO BLEND WELL WITH SO MANY OTHER TYPES OF BEADS AND A SOFT APPEAL OFTEN LACKING IN OTHER BEADS. ONE OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY BEADS AVAILABLE. STEEPED IN HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF TRADITION AND BEAD MANUFACTURE TRADITION PASSED FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT. FIRE POLISHED BEADS OFFER A HIGHLY REFLECTIVE BRILLIANCE AND ARE EQUALLY AT HOME IN MODERN JEWELRY DESIGNS AS THEY ARE IN VINTAGE STYLE JEWELRY. FIRE POLISHED BEADS OFFER ALL THIS AND AT A GREAT PRICE. THAT’S WHY FOR THOSE WHO LOVE JEWELRY MAKING, LOVE CZECH FIRE POLISHED BEADS.

article taken from HERE

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5. Shipping Rates.
Poslaju Rates For Within Peninsular Malaysia / Sabah / Sarawak
Tariff For Weight Not More Than .5 Kg =500 gm
Poslaju Tariff For Document:

First 500gm
(RM)
Next 250gm
(RM)
Amount
(RM)
Maximum Weight
(Kg)
4.501.004.50 + (0 x 1.00) = 4.502
Total Amount : RM 4.50
Note :
  • The above amount is not inclusive of 10% fuel surcharge, 10% handling charges and 5% GST
  • No 5% GST for item posted from Langkawi and Labuan


The amount will be round off to the nearest ringgit [MYR]. Usually the total amount with all the taxes and handling charge the cost is MYR5.625 which i will round off to MYR6.00 for deliveries less than 500gm.








How to care for your handmade jewelry

What is Artistic Wire?

Artistic Wire is actually a brand name for a copper wire that is color coated and then protected with a coating of polyurethane.

The more common Artistic wires that i used are non-tarnish silver plated (copper) wire, Non-tarnish Brass plated (copper) wire, Non-tarnish Natural copper, Bare copper wire, Gunmetal color coated (copper) wire and Brown Color coated (copper) wire.

I rarely use precious metals like sterling silver , gold or rose gold wires due to the higher cost. So for now i will only concentrate on how to care for coated copper wires which are the main materials in my creations. Anyhow, these simple care can be adopted for other jewelry as well although more care maybe needed for the more precious metal.

How to care for your handcrafted jewelry created with
ARTISTIC WIRE?  

Copper wire is a great substitute for other precious metal like silver or gold because the cost is much lower and yet its durable just as silver or gold. The only set back is that it can react chemically with the oils in a person's skin. When oxidation happens, copper will turn a green shade and gets darker. The green color patina washes off, but it's still a bit annoying. Because of the polyurethane coating on Artistic Wire, we don't have to worry about that at all. All you have to do with jewelry crafted using Artistic Wire is to clean with a soft cloth or toothbrush [soft bristle] and mild soap or a jeweler's cloth. Try not to scratch the jewelry because that may harm the polyurethane layer. If the polyurethane layer does wear through, clear nail polish will work to re-seal that spot.  

With heavy use and age, the polyurethane layer can wear off. Take care of this jewelry as you would any fine jewelry. Even if the polyurethane layer wears off, you can still use your jewelry and continue cleaning it just as always. As time goes by [a long time], the color coating may fade. Its okay because your jewelry is made using copper wires. just continue cleaning it. Some may even welcome the "new" vintage look!


How about Bare Copper Artistic Wire?

Some of my handcrafted jewelry are made using BARE COPPER ARTISTIC WIRE, which is not protected with a coating of polyurethane. Over time the copper will tarnish as it is exposed to air. The oxidation creates a green patina. This is unavoidable especially if you use the jewelry over a long period of time and came into contact with skin, sweat and oil. 

To clean bare copper jewelry, you have the option of several methods.
 
1. Commercial cleaners use chemicals to remove any tarnish or patina on your jewelry. Generally these cleaners are mild acids that with react with the oxidized metals to remove the tarnish.  

2. The Worcestershire sauce and ketchup both contain natural mild acids. This method i have not tried and preferably not! Who would want to smear ketchup on your jewelry?! Then again because this is what i have read, i just want to share some of the options with you.

3. A solution of water, lemon, and salt may also clean your copper jewelry. This solution will combine both a mild natural acid and an abrasive (salt) to clean your jewelry. This solution should not be used with soft gemstones such as pearls or fluorite.  

4. You can also clean your copper jewelry with ultrasonic cleaning methods. Tarnish will not be removed using this method but it will help to dislodge grime stuck in between the wires , stones and beads.
 
5. Another easy way to remove tarnish which does not damage stones is to clean with white vinegar. Take an old toothbrush and dip in vinegar and lightly brush surface of copper.  

By following these simple methods that i have mentioned, you should be able to maintain a beautiful rosy color to your copper jewelry.


How to store your handcrafted Artistic Wire jewelry?

We all have our own collection of jewelry and we need to store those that we are not wearing. Some jewelry may be stored longer time than others due to many reasons. The important thing we should know is how to store it accordingly. Even if we do not wear our jewelry, for coated Artistic Wire, it will not tarnish but accumulated dust and air will give a slight change in color appearance if not kept properly. I strongly recommend that all handcrafted jewelry using Artistic Wire be kept in zip locked bags. Make sure the item is wiped clean and completely dry before sealing in a zip locked bag.  

For bare copper Artistic Wire, please store your jewelry in a zip locked bag with anti-tarnish paper. You can buy anti-tarnish paper online. If you can't get your hands on anti-tarnish paper than the other way is, if your jewelry oxidize while in storage than just clean your bare copper Artistic Wire jewelry when you want to use it using the suggested methods above.


Here are some simple things you can do and practice to protect your handcrafted jewelry.

1. Always apply makeup, hair spray, and perfume before putting on your jewelry. Jewelry is always the last thing we put on while dressing up.
 
2. Remove jewelry when doing heavy household chores like gardening and cleaning. Then again, i like to wear mine always even while doing chores. Having something beautiful on is always a joy to see.

3. After each wearing, wipe with a soft cotton cloth to remove make up and skin oils. 

4. All handcrafted jewelry is delicate and will experience normal wear and tear. Avoid rough handling. This means, do not wear your jewelry if you plan for example, to go mountain climbing or similar.

5. Do not wear in a swimming pool, hot tub or in the shower. Chlorine can damage various gemstones and metals including gold. But if you forgotten to remove it, do not fret. Just remember to remove it the next time.

6. Store your handmade jewelry in zip locked bags and keep away from chemicals, extreme temperatures, and sunlight.

Lastly, these are just suggestions. If you have your own way to practice , just follow your style. I always believe in enjoying my creations and by other designers too by wearing them everyday regardless of chores or whatever. Follow your heart and instinct. sometimes rules can just be too rigid and we must have some flexibility to be able to enjoy life.


take care :)


M

International Orders



-NOW AVAILABLE-  18 june 2009



1. payment via PAY PAL, prices will be quoted in USD. The MYR does not apply for PAY PAL facility. This is because consideration must be given to extra charges  by Pay Pal and credit card merchants . 


2. Please inform me your country of origin and local postcode/zipcode . 


3. unless requested for EMS or international courier service, all orders will be shipped by registered standard parcel post. Delivery time is about two weeks.


4. All prices quoted are already inclusive of international shipping BUT subjected to change if there is sudden fuel surcharge by local standard post. 


For more information please contact me at whimsicalnquirky@gmail.com






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How to order?

I try to make this as simple for both of us. what you can do if you like anything posted in my blog is,

1. contact me at
whimsicalnquirky@gmail.com and tell me which design is your choice and from there if you have any questions, please do not hesitate at all to ask. 

2. Customized orders, re-sizing and remakes.

if the item of your choice, the length or size is too large or too small,  i can re-size it for you but you have to give me the length  or size that you require. Before i proceed with the order, i will need  full payment within 3 days of order confirmation. Once i have completed the item, i will notify you.  

For special customization, special consideration must be given to this. Once i evaluate the request i will informed you whether i can do it or not. I don't charge extra for customization , i just need your patience for me to develop it. easy requests may only take a day but more complex request will require more time :)

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Online back transfer via
MAYBANK2U or cash deposit at any MayBank ATM
(i will email Account number details upon order confirmation.)

4. for a direct order of available item, full payment must be made within 7 days. If i don't receive any advice of payment within the 7 days after order confirmation, the order is considered cancelled.


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