Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Long time, no post!

Sorry everyone, I've been super occupied with the wee one and haven't exactly been up to date on my blog or my shop as much as I'd like to.  Thank you to all who took advantage of the Cyber Monday discount!  Items will be shipped out momentarily and of course will be pretty packaged ready for Holiday gifting!
If you missed out on the discount, not to worry, there will be another discount code SOON! Keep checking in...
Well it's been 8 weeks since our little guy was born and things are finally getting better in the sleep department (finally!). He's more alert and is awake more  during the day.  He looooves playing with his "adventure gym" play mat, although, we can't keep in on the floor...our flat coat retriever (Ruxin) took a liking to the hanging octopus and wanted to "play" with it also.  Dogs, baby, jewelry business, and a Marine husband...never a dull moment!

Here's a recent picture of our little man on his first Thanksgiving (7 weeks old)

Monday, November 28, 2011


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Friday, September 30, 2011

Bear is almost here!

It's almost time for our little man to debut!  So far, things are moving along, but my due date is Saturday Oct 1st, and if he doesn't come then, I have an induction set up for Monday Oct 3rd in the evening. 

I'm very excited!  Since he's making his way here very soon, I'm having to put all custom orders on hold at least for 4-6 weeks, or until I can get my bearings as a new Mommy.  But in the mean time I'm perfectly capable to shipping any items currently on my ETSY that are purchased since they are ready made.  So feel free to continue to shop!

I'll try to post pics once he's here, until then, here are some pics of the nursery!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Upcycled Antique Jewelry!

In lieu of waiting for baby to arrive (37 weeks now!) and having some cooler weather to work out in the garage, I decided to tackle a few last minute jewelry designs I've been meaning to do for a while... 

Check out my upcycled antique jewelry made from old silver sugar tongs!  These items are on my Etsy and ready to ship!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

He'll be comming 'round the corner...

Soon I'll be a Mom for the first time (in a matter or weeks...I hope!) so the work load will be coming to a halt until I can wrap my head around infant hood.  I'm hoping to be back in the saddle a few weeks after, given we have some sort of routine down.  So in the mean time, I'm holding off on any custom orders, and have taken them down from my Etsy

Although, all of the items on my Etsy now are still for sale and ready made, so all  I have to do is ship if an item is purchased.  So you can STILL SHOP! But anything custom will have to be post poned until further notice. (i.e. Military Service Medallions, Medic Alert Bracelets, Legacy Pendants, etc)

  Sorry about this, but once I get my bearings on being a new Mom, I'll let you know we're back in business!
And not to worry, I'll have plenty of pics to share upon his arrival some time around October 1st!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Custom Medic Alert Bracelet design! Another medic alert bracelet successfully hand crafted for an extra special customer. 

She loves it and is so glad she made the purchase.  Long gone are the days of the ugly and plain medical alert bracelets. 

Step outside the box and love the bracelet that will save your life! can't say NO to that!

Want a custom designed medic alert bracelet of your own?  Send me an email or Etsy convo and check out the Medical Alert Bracelet listing for more details!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer G-I-V-E-A-W-A-Y! Winner Announced on 8/2!

Win this awesomely colorful Midnight Turquoise Necklace just by helping spread the word on your Facebook! Follow these easy steps to be in the running...
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Step 2: Post a link to Bw*SiLvEr Handmade's fan page to YOUR wall to spread the love to your friends
Step 3: Once you've done that, leave a comment on Bw*SiLvEr Handmade's Facebook page to say "I just spread the love!"

Once this is done I'll check your FB page wall (if permitted) then I can put your name in the drawing to WIN!  I'll announce the winner by noon on August 2nd on my fan page, then you will be contacted via FB messages for shipping's just that easy!

The winner will be drawn August 2nd so hurry and SPREAD THE LOVE on your Facebook page now!


8/2/2011:  CONGRATS to Ashley B!  You are my Summer GIVEAWAY winner!

Thanks for helping spread the love on your facebook!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Customize your Bridal Party!

Check out these killer personalized pendant necklaces made especially for your bridesmaids!  Sterling silver hand stamped pendants with letters for each girl's name to wear on your day.  They would work great with simple pearl stud earrings or even a set of the Amber Quartz Hoop earrings!

Add a colorful stone that offsets your wedding colors! Amber, Citrine, Onyx, Pearl... Make it personal for your wedding day..
Each is perfectly gift packaged for your individual Bridesmaids, including your wedding color ribbon as a bow to top it off. 


If you are interested in purchasing a custom order like this one, or would like just a price quote, please contact me via email (bzwende[at!] or through my Etsy account. 

Price break given if you order 5+ necklaces!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Will you be my...Bridesmaid?!

More for the 'maids! Made a custom set of Hoop Earrings only this time the bride to be wanted her ladies in Pearl.  This way it goes well with anything, plus they can match pearl necklaces if desired.

And how cute is this; the bride wanted them early as a gift offering to each of her bridesmaids as a surprise.  Each box had a note attached that read: "I've said yes! Now it's your turn... Will you be my BRIDESMAID?"

These custom earrings sets are available on my Etsy.  Send me a convo for a quote and details.  Remember, it can be any stone you want - it's YOUR day!  See the listing for more details!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Items on Etsy

New this week! Fresh new finds at

Click on the links below to view more photos and get more product info!

Made from a vast array of found beads, vintage coins from around the world and colorful stones.  Finished off with Sterling oxidized chain for a unique old feel.  Would go great with anything!

Bold blue and grey hues of natural Aquamarine beads with an Asian inspired Sterling pendant featuring a large round Hematite stone set in the middle.  The perfect size for anyone.

Sterling Mushroom Ring inspired form nature's own.  Makes a one of a kind cocktail ring for those who love unique jewelry.  I absolutely love this ring, I get all kinds of compliments on it.  Not too big, not too small, fits like a glove!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Here Comes The Bride's...maids!

I hear wedding bells! 

Welcome Summer and all of your joyous engagements and matrimonial bliss!

Here are some custom order Bridesmaids gifts sure to pretty up those gals you asked to make your day extra special.  I think a special treat like these earrings are sure to be worn again and again, as well as add just the right pop of sparkle to accent their dresses & boquets. 

Made with any bead combinations you wish that would match perfectly to your color scheme or theme.  Pearl, Onyx, Turquoise, Quartz...the possibilities are endless!

Shown: Amber Quartz Hoop Earrings with paper mache boxes wrapped in YOUR wedding color ribbon!

For details and a price quote to have your Bridesmaids walking you down the isle in style please send me a message on my Etsy or via email contact

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Needing A Stylish Medical Alert Bracelet...STAT!

I recently made a specialized Medical Alert bracelet for a customer who wanted "something different" than your everyday plain-jane Medic bracelets they have out there.  This one has been customized with a hand cut and stamped Sterling Silver wrist plate featuring the "Alert" symbol and a Caduceus in Copper.  Wire wrapping details with sterling silver and a cute little Bee charm attached (not my own, sent to me by the customer) for extra flair! 

This easy-to-clasp hook-on squeeze bracelet makes it fast to throw on and go.  The back side (not shown for privacy) is the customers name and an emergency contact (ICE) name and phone number if found ill and needing assistance. 

A lot of people who probably need a medical alert bracelet don't have one or don't wear it.  I feel it might be because of the trite designs they have these days, so bulky or blah looking, but this is a fashionable and functional twist on a very important piece of jewelry that could save your life!!! 

 I asked the customer to give me a little background story I can share with you blog readers to understand what the reasoning is behind this particular Medic bracelet, and if you needed one made, what you would need to put on yours:

"I have been allergic to bee stings since I was little. I was stung when I was about 8 and my Dad had to rush me to the emergency room because I had a reaction. So I avoid them at all costs...except on bracelets :o)

The Iron (Fe) IV reaction came about because... At the same time they diagnosed my Crohn's disease, they discovered that I was Anemic. So the doctors suggested Iron Infusions that are injected straight into your veins since the Anemia was causing me to be so tired all the time. One of the infrequent side effects of Iron IV is a severe allergic reaction called Anaphylaxis. Well of course I fell into the 1% category of people that have the Anaphylactic reaction!!

Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. It can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to something you're allergic to, such as the venom from a bee sting or a peanut.

Almost dying can change your outlook on things greatly. So no more of those Fe IV injections for me! I'll live with being tired all the time!

It requires an immediate trip to the emergency room and an injection of epinephrine (EpiPen) and if it isn't treated right away, it can lead to unconsciousness or even death! (Yikes!)  The EpiPen was prescribed for me after the Iron IV reaction to carry with me at all times. 

 Never leave home without it, and I won't without my bracelet either!"

If you or anyone you know might be needing a stylish and personalized approach to a very important piece of jewelry like the one shown, please contact me and I'd be happy to make a custom one to your specifications! You can even include your blood type to ensure a fast and easy recovery!

It is very important to have one if:

You are a Diabetic
Have an Allergy to a Food, Medications or Insects
Child Health Issues
Rare Medical Conditions
Heart Conditions
Medical Allergies for Emergency Treatment Purposes 

....Just something to think about!
Better to be safe than sorry!....

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Perfect for any Mom

Hand tooled lowercase name pendants for all of your little pride & joys.  Any Mother can appreciate the love for their child(ren) and what better than to wear a keepsake pendant with their name to remind them of the ones they love most. 

Make Mom, Grandma, your friends or other family who have kids or grand kids, proud to wear those little darlings around their neck.

I can also add birthstones and customize anyway you'd like!  Take a look at my Etsy for a detailed view of what can be done to make this an extra special custom gift!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

New - Just in time for Mother's Day!

Super new items! Necklaces galore, plus some cute Honey Hole earrings with Amber and a simply silver Serendipity cuff that can go with anything.  Check out my newbies on my Etsy!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Vintage Inspired Designs

These necklaces are available on my Etsy, made with vintage brass, copper and silver plated foreign coins I found at Round Top.  Each is attached with Sterling Oxidized chain and a forged hook clasp. 

Coins are from all over, ranging from Mexico to Japan. For more pics and info go to my Etsy store!
I think they turned out pretty awesome!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring Has Sprung...and hopefully stays

It's getting warmer and I couldn't be happier about it!  Though we're had out reverts back to cold weather, it's mainly a sun shiny warmpth these days.  The puppies are enjoying the warmer weather, especially since I'm a lot more willing to do things outside with them.  I dispise cold weather, no thanks!

Ruxy boy and Scha-Scha girl are sittin' pretty on a warm day in the sun.  These cozy pups love to play outside and make a mess.  I'm thinking it's getting close to time for a summer haircut for my poor black doggies.

Working on new things (I promise!) now that the warmer weather has the garage a lot more toasty to work in.  I'm sending a load of new things to NY at the Joolz Gallery in Canandaigua.  Hopefully some traveling summer New Yorkers will stop in to their new location in down town Canandaigua and browse the new duds she's carrying for spring/summer!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Old Items - New Photos

 I've had a few of these items at the Joolz Gallery in NY, but I recently traded some new items and got these back so I could take better photos of them. 

They are available for SALE on my Etsy so be sure to check them out! 

Double Cross Bangle

Infinity Hook On Bangle Bracelet

Ornate Hook Chain Bracelet

Italian Matte Forged Pendant Necklace

Iced Lime Smoke Sterling Chain Necklace

New Jade Lang Necklace                                                           Red & Green Marbled Bauble Necklace 

Golden Shell Necklace