Sunday, January 25, 2015

DIY Honey Lavender salve tutorial. How to make a healing ointment recipe

I love using natural products for all of my personal care so I thought I’ll share with you my favorite recipe of Honey salve with Lavender that I’ve been making for my family for years.

Olive Oil ~ 2 oz (57 ml)
Cocoa Butter ~ 0.5 oz (15 g/ 15 ml)
Beeswax ~ 0.7 oz (19 g/20 ml)
Honey, preferably raw honey ~ 1 tsp (5 ml)
Vitamin E ~ 1/2 tsp (3 ml)
Lavender essential oil (or your own choice) ~ 10-20 drops

1.    Combine Olive oil, Cocoa butter and Beeswax into a mixing bowl and melt in a double boiler or in a microwave oven.

2.    Allow salve to cool on the counter. When the mixture has cooled down to approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40°C degree Celsius) you can start adding Honey and Vitamin E. The essential oils should be last. Blend the whole mixture well with rubber spatula, spoon or with the electric hand mixer.

3.    Transfer the finished salve into the smaller containers of your choice. Recipe yields approximately 100 ml (~ 3,5 oz) of product.


•    Honey is a known source of the bacteria spores that cause botulism. The spores are not nearly enough to hurt an adult and have never been known to cause harm by applying to wounds. Still, to be safe, don’t use honey or honey salve on children under two years old unless the honey has been sterilized.

•    Heating raw honey past the maximum hive temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit changes honey’s essential composition and degrades its quality. It partially destroys honey’s beneficial enzymes and ‘boils off’ volatile compounds that account for the unique, delicate floral aroma of the honey. If you wish to preserve as much of the honey properties as possible, wait until the mixture has cooled off to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35°C degree Celsius). Most commercial honey is already heated to 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit (70-80 °C degree Celsius) so if you are using commercial honey, you can add honey right after melting your oils/butters/beeswax together.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mosaic necklace – OOAK Apatite Emerald Iolite Lapis lazuli Peridot Pyrite and Blue Topaz necklace in 14K gold filled. Handmade gemstone jewelry by Arctida.

The Christmas rush is over and I finally have some time to show you my pretties. This one is another example of my Gemstone mosaic necklace series. The pendant was made with various gauges of 14K gold filled wire and decorated with Bali vermeil beads and stunning juicy gems: Apatites, Emeralds, Iolite, Green Agates, Lapis lazuli, Peridots, Pyrites and both Sky and London Blue Topazes.

If you are interested of ordering a mosaic necklace designed just for you, feel free to contact me :)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ice and Fire - Amber Rock Crystal Clear Quartz silver gold necklace and earrings set. Handmade fine jewelry by Arctida

I'm a huge fan of fantasy books so it's only natural that I get my inspiration from the books that I've read. So here is the set that was inspired by the *A Song of Ice and Fire* book series. The popular HBO TV-series *Game of Thrones* is based on these books.

A little bit about the jewelry pieces: the focal was made using Fine Silver Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and decorated with 24K gold foil using ancient technique called Keum-boo. The chain and the earrings were handcrafted using genuine Baltic Amber and Rock Crystal Clear Quartz beads wire wrapped in 14K gold filled, 18K Vermeil and Argentium sterling silver (High tarnish resistance).

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mosaic necklace – OOAK Fluorite Garnet Moonstone Pearls Pink Amethyst and Tanzanite necklace in sterling silver. Purple gemstone necklace by Arctida.

Lately, I've been playing a lot with so called mosaic gemstone necklace designs. I've made my first one back in 2009 as a present for a friend and I just realized that I've never shown it here on my blog. So here comes the first one in my mosaic necklace series with purple, lilac and violet gemstones and pearls in sterling silver.

If you are interested of ordering a mosaic necklace designed just for you, feel free to contact me :)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Harmonia - Agate Citrine Peridot Prasiolite emerald green Quartz necklace in sterling silver and gold filled. Handmade gemstone jewelry by Arctida

Here is another set of custom orders that I have had a chance to photograph so that I can show them to you guys :) All of them are based on my original *Harmonia* necklace that I first made back 2010. The gems vary a little bit and so do the swirls as I make them by hand each time, but the basic Art Nouveau style design is there. The gems that I've used are: green Agate, Citrine, Peridot, Prasiolite (aka green Amethyst) and emerald green Quartz. The metals are both sterling silver and 14K gold filled.

If you are interested of ordering a piece designed just for you, feel free to contact me :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Deira - Personalized jewelry Birthstone necklace Statement necklace. Handmade gemstone jewelry by Arctida

Back in 2008 I've made a long statement necklace with combination of 7 different gemstones for myself (Deira). In the beginning I wasn't planning to have this design for sale but I started to have custom request from friends and coworkers who've seen it and wanted their own version. Usually people would choose the Birthstones that would have a connection to their family-members or gemstones from some special event/place in their life. So I thought I'll show you some of those that I've had a chance to photograph :)

If you wish to order your own Personalized Birthstone necklace, you can order it from Etsy or my Arctida webshop.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Melite - Bridal earrings Golden Rutilated Quartz Pearls earrings in sterling silver. Handmade wedding jewelry by Arctida

Another pair of custom bridal earrings. This time the bride-to-be wanted a variation of my *Melite* earrings but with Golden Rutilated Quartz instead of blue gemstones. So here are the pretties that she'll be wearings on her wedding day - Golden Rutilated Quartz and white pearls in Argentium sterling silver (High tarnish resistance). If you want to order a pair of similar earrings (the Rutile Quartz gems will be different) just click on the picture.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mens jewelry Chainmaille mens bracelets in sterling silver Roundmaille wave. Mens fashion by Arctida

Here is another addition to my mens jewelry collection, this time I tried a new chainmaille wave called Roundmaille. It is thicker and more massive than all the other chainmaille waves I've tried so far but it is still a bracelet with clean lines and crisp, minimalistic look.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pure silver 999 with Rock Crystal Clear Quartz necklace and earrings set. Handmade PMC fine silver jewelry by Arctida

The vacation is over, I had a really nice and long one this year and it is time to get back to work. I have tons of new projects in progress and in my sketchbook but I have not had the time to photograph any new pices yet. So instead I'm gonna show you the latest jewelry set that I've made for myself :)

The delicate free-formed focal was made by me using Fine Silver Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and decorated with Cubic Zirconia in the center. The chain has been hand-crafted using Rock Crystal Clear Quartz faceted round beads and Argentium sterling silver (High tarnish resistance). The matching earrings are simple high quality Rock Crystal Clear Quartz briolettes wire wrapped in Argentium sterling silver.

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